Vito’s of Port Jeff pairs housemade Italian entrees with one of the world’s best side dishes: live music. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night, performers such as opera virtuoso Carmelo Raccuglia and lounge singer Randy Berlient serenade diners with their silky-smooth vocals. Elvis impersonator Rick Virga also swings by the dining room to perform the King’s hit tracks and recite transcripts of his best-loved takeout orders.
Though these performers’ catchy ditties set toes to tapping, the restaurant’s old-world cooking still manages to steal the spotlight every night. Vito’s seasoned chefs sauce delicate cuts of seafood or hearty portions of chicken and veal, and they bake stuffed pastas until they bubble over with cheese and marinara.
Brightly colored pennants embellish the ceiling at Port Jeff Bowl, but bowling skills demonstrated in the lanes below are what attract attention. Players hurl balls toward pins for fun or team up with peers to play in one of many leagues, divided by age and whether or not a player is tall enough to ride a roller coaster. On Tuesday nights from 9:30 to midnight, athletes enjoy an unlimited amount of fun during Bottomless Bowling. And after hours spent satiating competitive impulses built up over years of being benched during tag, patrons can quench thirsts and appetites with a beer and bite at Splitz Sports Bar. The alley also hosts parties and private events for up to 200 guests, which lets partygoers pair play with pizza, soda, or buffet fare in the 11th Frame Lounge.
True to its name, Road Trip American Ale House assembles tasty bar bites from throughout the 50 states. Here, cooks craft everything from New Orleans–style jambalayas and Philadelphia cheesesteaks to Minnesota-inspired burgers stuffed with bacon and aged cheddar. To help wash down meals, bartenders pour craft beers from 52 taps. Brews aside, they whip up plenty of cocktails and martinis too, including a vodka, melon, and raspberry blend served in glasses rimmed with Pop Rocks candy. Feasts unfold in a 3,100-square-foot exposed-stone dining room adorned with framed photos of famous American skylines, plus 44 TVs showing the day's biggest games.