The chocolate ice cream at La Forchetta Italian Ristorante stands out from the other desserts—cheesecake, cannoli, and tiramisu—in that it isn't made from scratch in the kitchen. Instead, it is imported from Italy. Whether they've been shipped in or built from the basics onsite, the ingredients of every meal at the venue follow the same trend: devotion to authentic preparation and flavor. The selection of housemade pastas includes manicotti and gnocchi stuffed with ricotta and romano. Seafood entrees decorate shrimp and mussels in italian seasoning, whereas plates of veal and chicken marsala arrive marinated in marsala wine.
The staff has had 27 years to perfect their menu of pizzas, meats, and starters, so they've also thoroughly researched what libations best complement the fare. Guests can sip wine and beer or close meals on steamy notes with cappuccinos rather than by having servers read checks in husky voices.
CiCi’s Pizza combines the variety of a buffet with the thrill of bottomless pizza. Each pie is crafted with dough made from scratch daily and then slathered with homemade marinara and showered with toppings ranging from traditional pepperoni and Italian-style sausage to creative combinations including buffalo chicken and mac 'n' cheese. The buffet is stocked with a plethora of fresh pastas, as well as signature salads with the option to put tossing talents to the test at the salad bar. After they've feasted on savory options, diners can revisit the buffet for dessert including freshly baked brownies, slices of apple pizza, and cinnamon rolls drizzled with icing—or they can eat dessert first, thereby tearing an irreparable hole in the space-time continuum.
Wok With Jon culls foods and cooking supplies from the markets of several far East countries, including China, the Philippines, Japan, and Thailand. Multifarious aisles teem with products that can add an Asian zing to at-home culinary creations, including spicy pastes such as Mae Ploy sweet chili sauce ($3.25) and chili garlic sauce ($2.25). As shoppers nosh on a steamed siopao ($7), a traditional Filipino stuffed bun, some of Asia's most popular delicacies beckon from the shelves with promises of tasty snacks and rigged fortune cookies. White Rabbit Creamy Candy ($3) hops onto sweet teeth all the way from China, and Ramune ($2) lets thirsty customers an ocean away sample a popular Japanese soft drink. Wok With Jon's welcoming staff is always willing to offer cooking tips or answer questions from those who have never shopped at Asian grocery stores, such as time-traveling scientists from ancient Greece.