The staff at John’s Pizza served their first hand tossed pie more than a decade ago and have been twirling dough ever since. Today, the menu contains an array of hot and cold subs, along with baked pasta dishes. Chefs top 16-inch pizzas with crisp veggies and meats such as sliced meatballs. Diners can enjoy slices inside the dining room or take their pizza to go with take-out and delivery options.
A few hours before Mamma Mia Pizzeria opens for the day, the chefs turn on the ovens and begin to prepare their pizzas, scattering dough with specialty toppings like fresh mozzarella, grilled chicken, and homemade tomato garlic sauce. They arrange the colorful pies along the pristine front counter, alongside bowls of freshly baked garlic-bread knots and baskets of the crusty baguettes they slice up for Boar's Head meat subs. The pizzeria fare soon makes its way out to diners relaxing in an area with colorful pennants and sports photographs adorning the walls.
At Coal, chefs stoke fiery coals inside the kitchen's pizza oven, which bakes the eatery's signature thin-crust pizzas at temperatures of up to 800 degrees. Pizzas emerge from the oven with a lightly charred, crispy crust and crowned with toppings such as meatballs, prosciutto, truffle oil, and caramelized onions. Coal also bakes its sandwiches in the pizza oven, including the saltimbocca Giorgio, with prosciutto and mozzarella on housemade bread, and roasts its chicken wings over the same glowing embers.
At A'Tavola Ristorante, Chef George Fusco draws on his 20 years of experience to prepare a menu of elegant Italian entrees from scratch in an open kitchen. He and his kitchen staff top linguine with littleneck clams and fra-diavolo sauce and souse veal milanese in sherry vinaigrette and a balsamic-reduction sauce. For dessert, they whip up freshly filled cannolis, sugar-speckled crème brûlées, and new york–style cheesecakes, whose crusts are perpetually under construction.
The pie producers at Four Boys Pizzeria assemble specialty thin-crust pizzas upon request with homemade dough and tomato sauce that work in tandem to cushion a flurry of fresh toppings. Customizable pies encourage veggies such as spinach and eggplant to share prime crust real estate and interior-decorating advice with meats such as sausage and ham. Pre-determined topping arrangements festoon gourmet pizzas such as the Four Boys Favorite, a cheeseless amalgam of broccoli, fresh tomato, and fresh garlic. A full-service catering menu conquers hordes’ hunger with subs that measure up to 6 feet and steamy trays of pasta that feed up to 25 people.
You wouldn't exactly be wrong in calling the plates at Tottenville Tavern bar food, but there's more to the menu of burgers, fried snacks, and bar pies than first meets the eye. For instance, the fries are hand-cut, the pizzas are topped with clam or buffalo sauce, and the eggrolls are stuffed with the contents of an entire reuben sandwich. You can get the classics more or less straight-up, too. The house-made corned beef inside the eggrolls is also the star of its own sandwich, joining a slate of double-handers such as chipotle-barbecue pulled pork (called "outstanding" by the Staten Island Advance) and a half-dozen steak burgers. Guests can pair a thin-crust bar pie with one of several microbrews, available in bottles or served from eight draft selections, creating America's favorite combination after ketchup and everything.
The clientele is as diverse as the crowd-pleasing menu would suggest. A kids' menu and a tolerance for the word "why?" makes family gatherings easy, and occasional live music ranges from rock to harmonically precise covers of Hank Williams and the Louvin Brothers.