The expansive menus at X&O are bursting with homemade Greek, Italian, and American favorites. For dinner, cast off for the Mediterranean in a sailboat made from crispy phyllo triangles, layers of buttered dough stuffed with feta, spinach, and spices ($8.99). Well-rounded pizzas include the 12-inch four-cheese bianco with mozzarella, feta, cheddar, and blue cheese melted with flavorful toppings such as tomatoes, red onions, and garlic ($9.99). A classic American-style burger can be created from Angus beef ($7.99–$9.99), and nautical-nourishment lovers can growl in satisfaction at the grilled salmon patty with homemade tartar sauce ($11.99). Authentic lamb and beef gyros are served with homemade tzatziki sauce in a fresh pita ($8.99), and Zorba-approved eats include mousaka ($14.99) and braised Greek lamb ($16.99).
Italy possesses a rich culinary culture, and the chefs at LaStoria Trattoria honor the old-country recipes of Sicily, Rome, and Venice. With an arsenal of imported olive oils, truffle oils, and balsamic vinegars, they whip up classic dishes such as chicken marsala, eggplant parmesan, and veal piccata. Their specialty pastas, meanwhile, incorporate more unorthodox ingredients such as littleneck clams, pink sauce, and toasted crumbs. A brick wood oven bakes an octet of pizzas, which guests can use to teach rudimentary geometry to one another.
Steve Fenerjian opened the first Mangia Neapolitan Pizza in Brookline in 2003, setting his business apart from other pie shops through his use of healthy bleach-free whole wheat and wholesome locally-sourced organic veggies. The Mangia empire has expanded considerable since then, but their approach to pizza remains the same. At each pizzeria, chefs select flour milled to exact specifications, and sprinkle the resulting dough with traditional toppings including sweetener-free tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, chopped clams, eggplant, basil, pesto, and prosciutto. Then, they cook Mangia's celebrated pizzas in the traditional Neapolitan way⎯roasting each pie a sizzling stone that leaves crusts crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. These expertly fashioned New Haven-style pizzas pair well with the pizzeria’s other offerings, which range from hearty roll-ups and deli sandwiches to sauce-covered chicken wings.
Each linen napkin is folded in such a manner that it drapes over the edge of a drinking glass like the petals of a flower. The napkin’s soft pink hue complements Himalayan Bistro’s deep red booths and the vibrant art on the walls. The aromas of ginger, chili paste, and Himalayan peppercorns drift from the kitchen, hinting at dishes traditionally served in the streets and homes of Kathmandu and other regions of Nepal. Steamed dumplings brim with veggies like the pockets of a scarecrow on payday, and tendrils of smoke unwind from kebabs in a tandoor or over an open charcoal fire. Traditional music plays in the background, the unfamiliar scales and nearby antique statuettes completing the sensation of having traveled halfway around the world.