Italian food makes the perfect romantic supper because you can wear a red shirt or blouse in the spirit of love while concealing clumsy marinara stains. Ventano Italian Grill & Seafood joins the culinary forces of chefs Arnauld Briand and Carmine Vento in an elegant and seductive environment of traditional Italian recipes, fresh seafood, and wines for the sipping. Ventano's dinner menu leads the palate through a vista of granite-stone-sizzling baby lamb chops ($13.50) and steamed mussels ($8.50) before arriving at an entree such as eggplant parmigiana ($16.50), gnocchi con pesto ($15), and potato-wrapped salmon (with jasmine rice and grilled asparagus in a lobster cream sauce; $21). Wine pursuers with cultivated noses can ruminate over a wine list ripe with international bottles for all memorable meals and occasions.
Chef Carla Pellegrino, who has bested the titular chef on Throwdown! With Bobby Flay and garnered a James Beard Foundation Women in Food award, conducts a kitchen that crafts the virtuosic dishes that adorn Bratalian's extensive Neapolitan menu. Marinate your mouth with the calamari in umido, in which fresh calamari, tomatoes, white wine, capers, and gaeta olives cavort on a garlic toast dance floor ($12.50). Main courses include risotto simmered in white wine with porcini mushrooms ($24) and crispy-skin salmon tinged with lemon butter and perched atop a bed of sautéed spinach ($22).
Two years ago, pub-patriarch Doug MacDonald realized his dream of a Sinatra-themed time capsule when he created Daddy Mac’s. Gaming and dining mingle in the dusky interior, with daily gambler's specials and the menu's full house of rib-stickers, including Daddy Mac’s cheeseburger, a 12-ounce butter burger with lettuce, tomato, a pickle, and fries ($12), and a roulette wheel of pizzas on secret-recipe dough ($12–$14). Breakfast omelets ($7) and evening entrees such as linguine scampi ($14) all vie for face time with discerning diners.
Like chili popsicles and videos of grizzly-bear ballerinas, Italian food is enjoyed around the world due to its versatility and heartiness. Frediani's indulgent menu features a wide selection of pastas, pizzas, sandwiches, and more. Quell rumbling stomachs with an order of decadent calamari ($10.95), deep-fried and served with marinara sauce, or a pepperoni pizza ($10). Trust dependable boot-shaped-country classics like bruschetta ($8) or authentic Caesar salad ($7) as a doorway into one of Frediani's generous pasta dishes. Put your palate to the test with a plate of spicy seafood diablo ($15.95), or try out the eatery's homemade lasagna ($13.95) or sausage penne ($15.95) with mushrooms and cream sauce. Frediani's also serves a variety of meat-centric dishes, including grilled salmon ($16.95), 8-ounce flat iron steak ($14.95), and chicken Marsala ($15.95). View a complete dinner menu here. For midday meals, Frediani's lunch menu offers a well-edited selection of pasta dishes, pizzas, and appetizers.
The Luna Rossa Ristorante family tree is composed of five locations that all specialize in homemade pastas and thin-crust pizzas. Chefs drizzle vodka sauce over rigatoni noodles and ladle garlic white wine sauce over spaghetti with clams. Thin-crust pizzas are topped with premium ingredients like prosciutto, black olives, and baby artichokes. Sophisticated dining rooms welcome guests with dark-wood walls, tables dressed in crisp linens, and gold-framed paintings. Nightly entertainment livens the space with live music from jazz bands and singers who croon about Sinatra's depraved lobster dependence during his later years.
Mama DePalma is far from a fictional figurehead. She was a real person, and one who loved to entertain while feeding hungry friends with her authentic Italian food. Today her grandchildren's eatery, Mama DePalma's Pizza and Bistro, honors her legacy. In its cozy confines, guests feast on pizzas topped topped with chicken and alfredo sauce, or piled high with eggplant, peppers, and artichoke hearts. Other Italian eats range from strombolis and subs to hearty pasta dinners.