Eurasia Cafe & Wine Bar's chefs start with seasonal, local ingredients and infuse them with spices from half a world away. It's not hard to spot the Asian influence in their farm-to-table fare; sesame seed crusts envelop yellowfin tuna steaks and fresh pork tenderloin rests in sweet beds of pad thai noodles. Their commitment to fine foods also finds inspiration outside of Asian cuisine, evidenced by dishes such as the Southern-inspired sauteed shrimp atop a smoked gouda stone grit cake.
To complement the menu, sommeliers curate a self-described "New World-inspired wine list" with bottles from all-star wine regions such as California and Washington, as well as selections from up-and-coming regions, such as Michigan and Argentina. These same sommeliers also provide advice on navigating the list to ensure customers find harmonious pairings for their chosen dishes. They round out the selection of beverages with handful of microbrews on tap, by the bottle, or by the 2-inch keg.
At DeLuca Gelato, sweet savants whip up a staggering selection of creamy desserts infused with Italian flavors and blended with fresh cream and high-quality fruits, nuts, and chocolates. Gelato bears a family resemblance to ice cream, except the denser Italian sweet contains a lower percentage of fat and requires a higher serving temperature. DeLuca Gelato churns out a rotating selection of 36 daily flavors, including at least nine dairy-free sorbettos and two sugar-free options for diabetics and dutiful dentists' progeny.
Inspired in every way by the culture of Italy, Caffespresso celebrates the arts. Baristas steam up delicious espresso drinks with intricate flower or heart designs floating on their surface. Cooks grill delicious paninis or toss savory salads and artfully pair them with Italian wines or a delicious pastry for dessert. The owners bedeck every inch of the wall in framed photos and paintings, and musicians set the air aquiver with their acoustic stylings.
For those interested in delving further into the coffeehouse's Italian roots, the venue also hosts language classes and travel seminars. Visitors can even request an Italian board game to play at their table as they listen to music or gobble up warm cookies.
It’s almost intimidating to open a box containing Fox’s Pizza Den – Richmond’s The Big One pizza. The thought “54 slices of pizza are too many slices of pizza” can cross one’s mind, but the aromas of a hand tossed, housemade crust smothered in a sauce made from San Marzano-style tomatoes and Italian pecorino romano cheese are enough to make that thought ridiculous. Fox’s pizzas come adorned with up to 19 toppings, such as banana peppers or steak, and are available in any diameter from 9” to 30”. In addition to pies, Fox's Pizza Den serves up toppings tucked inside stromboli dough pockets, as well as hoagies, wedgies, and salads.
A scoop of plantains. A heap of stewed ribs. A forkful of caramel-flavored flan. At Spanish Soul Restaurant, the chefs churn out a full menu of authentic Puerto Rican tastes such as these. They can prepare extra-large portions of their dishes—which also include yellow rice and beans, empanadas, steak and onions, and fried pork chops—to cater large-scale events.
“What is medicine for you is poison for me,” is not necessarily something you'd expect to hear from a juice company. Juice is juice, and it's good for you, right? Well, the creators of Simply Juice, Simply Well—a wellness firm that specializes in improving health with ancient remedies—believe that even with juice, it's important to tailor it to the individual to ensure optimal health. They take into account a client's unique dosha, wellness goals, dream journals, and health challenges before creating raw, organic juices that are never made until they are needed and contain no additives or preservatives.
Clients then down the nutritious drinks during one- or three-day juice cleanses and five-day full detoxes. The programs cater to people who need a structured regimen but who may be too busy to create their own plan. The juices have been said to flood the body with hydration, flush out toxins, and encourage weight loss while promoting satiation.