Years ago, Angelo Aloisio emigrated to New York City from Abruzzi, Italy, and soon became an executive chef. Inspired by his father, Lou Aloisio opened the original Mondo’s Ristorante Italiano in 1969.
Much has changed since opening day, including the addition of Lou's sons Mike and Rob to his staff. But the Aloisio family recipes, the very ones that made the eatery such a local hit, remain a guiding force behind the menu. It delights taste buds with such dishes as housemade meatballs atop spaghetti and the Abruzzi by the Sea (shrimp, scallops, and mussels over linguini), which offers a taste of the Aloisio family's origins.
Denby Holder brings two decades of hairstyling experience and a range of skills to Art n Style. He reveals clients' inner rock stars with mohawks and treats young kids to their first haircuts. Expertly fulfilling coloring requests, he can add dimension to hair with everything from classic golden highlights to camouflage locks for the avid hunteress.
Elizabeth Albright can't remember a time when she didn't want to style hair. She fondly recalls her own childhood haircuts, and how she looked forward to them like other kids might look forward to a trip to the carnival. Once she discovered that she could attend beauty school and high school simultaneously, she was off to the races.
Today, she works at Art-n-Style Salon & Gallery, a combination art gallery and hair studio. She approaches every head of hair as a new canvas, sculpting and smoothing out stylish new dos with shears and Matrix hair products. And she gets pretty encouraging feedback from her clients. As Elizabeth tells it, "I have had someone so pleased with her hair that she couldn't stop talking about how much she loved it. She said she could kiss me—and she did!"
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Highlight and cut
Brands Used: Redkin, Matrix, Mantra
Rick Bilby, current co-owner of Weber's Superior Root Beer Stand and great-grandson of the restaurant's founder, still serves the same housemade hamburgers and all-natural root beer that brought the orange-and-black stand its original fame. Founder Oscar "Weber" Bilby holds a claim as the maker of America’s first hamburger in the late 19th century, and his original hand-built, well-seasoned grill lives on to cook the fresh ground-chuck patties that put Weber's among AskMen.com's Legendary Burger Joints. Classic root-beer floats wash down meals, their scoops of ice cream buoyed by housemade root beer brewed with 14 secret ingredients. Weber’s Brookside restaurant has sat in the same location since 1933, attracting diners with its vintage signage and holding them captive with delicious onion-ring manacles.
Rather than masking the natural tastes of their fresh, never frozen, meats, the cooks at Elmer’s BBQ strive to enhance them with rubs of carefully blended, complementary spices. Flavors meld in the smoker, where ribs, sausages, and soon-to-be-pulled pork slowly tenderize over hot hickory. As diners lick the sauce from their fingers after a hearty meal with home-style sides, they can admire the music memorabilia jazzing up the walls or use their toes to play their own tunes on the restaurant's piano.