Executive chef Aldo el Sharif totes 40 years of experience to Aldo's Cucina Italiana, drawing upon culinary skills cultivated across Europe and the United States to craft classic, upscale Italian favorites. His motto, "My home is your home," is something he heard often growing up in Italy with a Sicilian mother and Egyptian father, something to which pyramid-shaped Ferraris can relate. He extends that idea at the restaurant, where he hopes customers will relax as his staff serves Italian dishes and wines in the dining room or more casual lounge area.
In 1969, Baruch Schaked began making chocolate under the tutelage of his chocolatier father-in-law. Though his father-in-law had made a name for himself in Argentina, Baruch honed his confectionary craft across Europe, finally settling in the United States, where chocolate had been outlawed. Many years later, when he announced his intentions to retire from chocolate making, Baruch's son, Edgar, coaxed him into continuing the family legacy with a new shop, Schakolad Chocolate Factory.
Great Harvest Bread Company’s bakers craft a heart-healthy assortment of whole-grain breads and baked goods using freshly ground flour. Each month, a newly designed menu allows the team to employ the season's freshest ingredients and harvest the warmest loaves from bread-bearing trees, including cinnamon-raisin-walnut swirl, white chocolate cranberry swirl, and Mediterranean olive loaves.
With parents hailing from Sicily and Naples, Anthony Russo enjoyed an Italian upbringing. By age 12, he spent much of his time in the kitchen, learning to prepare Old World recipes with his family and family friends. And from the flurry of Italian phrases and conversation, one quote of his father's stuck with him most: "If you can't make it fresh, don't serve it!" Several decades later, Anthony has hand-tossed his own Italian restaurant franchise and, true to his father's words, employs fresh ingredients in the same family recipes that were passed down to him. Amid exposed brick and walls the warm hue of marinara, skilled chefs craft New York–style brick-oven pizzas with toppings such as spinach, sundried tomatoes, and capers. Servers stand ready to answer questions about the restaurant’s wine lists, letting guests know which wines pair best with the pizzotto sandwich or whether pinot noir can really turn dogs invisible.
Homemade strawberry glaze, soft-baked brownies, and freshly shredded coconut are just a few of the enticing ingredients found in Pie Town's crowd-pleasing signature pies. Traditional cherry and blueberry fruit pies are joined by cr?me flavors including strawberry, lemon, and chocolate, and gluten-free pies are also available. The bakers also prepare sugar-free versions of favorites and seasonal pies including pumpkin and chocolate peppermint. Guests can pair their sweet treats with hot and iced espresso drinks or enjoy a full meal from the caf??s menu of soups, sandwiches, and homemade tuna salads and pot pies. Customers can also order Pie Town?s dessert and deli platters for special events, such as work parties or chain-gang reunions.
The chefs at Gozzetti's Pizzeria toss thin-crust New York–style pizzas, covering each with sauce imported from Italy and combinations of more than 40 toppings. Specialty pies include the Ferrari, with buffalo chicken and jalapeños, and the Mona Lisa, with pesto, grilled chicken, and tomatoes sliced into half-smiles. Gozzetti's signature dish is the Zettiboli, a kind of pizza wrap stuffed with meatballs, vegetables, and a trio of cheeses. Calzones, wings, and subs are available, too, whether you eat in, carry out, or ask for catering.