Bensi co-owner Genci Previzi helms an immense menu of classic Italian cuisine, including hearty homestyle dishes with roots in Calabria, Italy. Entrees, joined by a house salad or cup of comforting housemade soup, range from spaghetti and meatballs to gluten-free grilled chicken in a lemon-garlic marinade served over a veggie medley. The chefs also prepare an array of specials such as pignoli-crusted goat cheese and arugula salad, barolo-braised veal osso buco, pan-seared Chilean sea bass with eggplant caponata, and nutella chocolate pizza with fresh strawberries. The dishes are served in a modern dining atmosphere where minimal table settings and simple dark-wood furniture keep the focus on the vibrant cuisine.
Using fresh, never-frozen ingredients, the kitchen staffers at Big Daddy’s Pizzeria and Grill crafts casual Italian specialties from scratch each morning. In addition to baked pastas, homemade sausages, and gourmet pizzas, they are known for their signature, buttery garlic-knot sliders, which they stuff with one of three types of meat.
Learning to make The Iron Horse's signature stuffed burger is a right of passage for many chefs. Since 1972, chef after chef has mastered the art of taking ground beef and stuffing it with a diner's choice of cheese, perhaps fresh mozzarella, cheddar, or swiss. To date, the restaurant has welcomed about 5,000 employees into the family—40 of whom have gone on to culinary school. Others have become doctors, lawyers, superheroes, or other professionals. Yet there's a good chance they still remember how to grill a perfect burger and cook the requisite railroad-tie fries.
Indeed, tradition defines The Iron Horse. Just ask one of friendly staffers, who might tell a story about an old coworker or the time they had Bruce Springsteen as a customer. Or ask one of the many regulars, who have passed the years over beer, burgers, and other house specialties, such as barbecue ribs and welsh rarebit. Seats at the long wood bar or near the dining room's exposed brick walls aren't exclusive to veteran diners, however—The Iron Horse always welcomes new faces.
At The Melting Pot, groups gather around bubbling cauldrons and dip chunks of bread and produce into molten cheese blended with sherry, lager, or dijon mustard. The cheese pairs well with a wine list, which was recognized by Wine Spectator with an Award of Excellence for the years 2008–2010. For heartier meals, diners cook meat and seafood in pots of hot oil or burgundy before tackling the chocolate fondue. They dunk morsels of cake or brownies into chocolate blended with peanut butter or sweet liqueurs for an ending to a meal that’s more decadent than riding home in a limousine lined with mink.
Whether it's a hot tea, fresh juice, or a sinful cupcake you seek, you'll find it all at Your Way Cafe—just as the name suggests. Breakfast is served all day, so stop in any time for a fluffy custom-made omelet, pancake stack, or a roasted veggie panini layered with crispy melted cheese. The bakery offers a whole range of gluten-free desserts baked fresh daily alongside homemade gelato available in more than a dozen flavors.