Soup of the Day
nice cup … 4.50 biggish bowl … 6.50
Eggplant Fries 6.95
Ya gotta try ‘em! Crispy rice coating, yogurt sauce
Tender beef and pork meatballs on cheesy polenta with red wine sauce, served with focaccia bread
Grilled bread with Rapini and Smoked Provolone
Eggplant and Porcini “Meatballs” 7.95
with a light tomato sauce and Pecorino and Parmesan Cheese
Warm Focaccia Bread 6.95
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Pecorino and Parmesan Cheese
Add to the plate:
- Homemade Ricotta 1.75
- Roasted Cherry Tomatoes with Garlic 1.75
- Charred and peeled Sweet Peppers 1.75
Gem City Caesar 9.95
Beautiful baby Bibb lettuce leaves with our special Preserved Lemon Caesar dressing, white anchovies, feather-grated Pecorino cheese, focaccia croutons and a gentle drizzle of spicy Calabrian chile oil.
Spring Caprese 8.95
Housemade mozzarella, thickly sliced and served with grilled first-of-the-season spring onions, cherry tomatoes, a drizzle of balsamic vinegar reduction and a splash of extra virgin olive oil.
Dressed Greens 5.95
A variety of seasonal greens with your choice of white wine vinaigrette, roasted garlic dressing or buttermilk dressing.
Slice of Ice 8.95
Cherry tomatoes, cubes of provolone, a lively roasted garlic dressing and a scattering of sliced pepperoni blasted in the oven till it’s cupped and crispy, all piled on a slab of chilled iceberg.
Arugula and Shaved Cauliflower Salad 8.95
Shaved Parmesan, orange zest, smoked salt, housemade lemon oil
EAT YOUR VEGETABLES!
Asparagus Mixed Grille 9.95
Asparagus, baby artichokes and spears of zucchini are grilled and tumbled over a shmear of garlic mayonnaise for a plate of springtime vegetables rustically presented. Garnished with Parmesan and Pecorino cheeses.
Creamed Spinach 7.95
Fresh spinach leaves, housemade mornay sauce and parmesan gratineed to bubbly goodness in the pizza oven.
*Green Beans with Soy Sauce Vinaigrette and Anchovy Mayo 7.95
I stole these from Girl and The Goat in Chicago. They are savory, juicy and hit all the right umami notes.
Roasted Yukon Potatoes 6.95 Served after 5pm
Split, flattened and roasted with olive oil, coarse salt and freshly ground pepper till crispy ‘round the edges.
***Wheat Penny Burger 14.00
Our default temp is medium-well; if you’d like your burger cooked differently, just tell your server!
The kitchen is proud of our special blend of 70% chuck, 15% short rib and 15% brisket, resulting in a juicy, nicely-textured and flavorful burger! Ask your server what condiments, vegetables and other garnishes today’s Burger is sporting, or just go traditional with cheese, lettuce, pickles, sliced onion (any or all) and your choice of classic condiments.
Mushroom Milanese 13.00
A big portabello mushroom breaded with panko crumbs, then deep-fried till golden brown and crispy-crunchy. Served hot on freshly-made foccacia bread with a fistful of arugula and a smear of salsa verde, an Italian green sauce made with parsley, capers,olive oil, lemon, and love.
The Philadelphia 14.00
Pork Shoulder braised to juicy tenderness is teamed up with provolone cheese and one of our favorite vegetables, rapini. This quintessential Italian cousin to broccoli is a traditional match with pork–in pasta, in soups and on Sunday dinner platters, but
especially in this iconic Italian sandwich beloved in Philadelphia. You can even get them at the airport! Juicy, garlicky perfection.
PASTA AND MORE
Mussels and Toast 13.95
What could be better than Prince Edward Island mussels steamed open in a heavenly broth of wine and stock with roasted cherry tomatoes and thyme, enriched with butter at the last second and served with thick pieces of toasted focaccia rubbed with a garlic clove. So good!
Grilled Shrimp, Broccolini and Peppers with Polenta 18.95
Grilled with the vegetables, tumbled over polenta parmigiana and garnished with lemon oil and a drizzle of salsa verde, this is a “shrimp and grits” your mama never dreamed of.
Green Lasagne with Cheese and Tomato 16.95
A labor of love. Homemade spinach pasta comes rolling forth from the pasta machine brilliantly green and very thin. It is layered with housemade ricotta cheese scented with nutmeg, and a light, fresh tomato sauce–eons away from the heavy, dense lasagne of the past. Simple, delicate, authentic, and so good.
Linguine with Clams 13.00 | 22.00
An icon of the Italian-American canon, this is a straight-up version of the old-school dish we love. It involves olive oil and sizzling garlic, white wine and clam broth, and a couple handfuls of fresh, briny clams. Next comes imported linguine, butter, a tong’s worth of pasta water and lots of tossing. To finish, a shower of chopped parsley. And etiquette be damned, feel free to slurp the shells and lick the bowl.
PLATE DINNERS – served after 5pm with your choice of two sides
Grilled Fluke with Springtime Vegetables 28.00
The delicate, almost sweet flavor of fluke is complemented by the simple Italian flavors of a handmade basil lemon aioli. We bring it up a notch with a scattering of pink peppercorns, and a tangle of local pea shoots. Felice Primavera!
Crispy Brick Chicken Thighs 24.00
Superior-quality, all natural chicken thighs are bones out, seasoned and cooked juicy and crispy under a brick.
Liz’s Special Edition Porchetta 27.00
Skin-on Pork Shoulder is wrapped around a Garlicky Escarole-Bread Crumb Filling, slow roasted for 10 hours, sliced thin and then seared crispy on the griddle.
**Grilled Strip Steak with Porcini Rub 34.00
This 12 oz. beauty is rubbed with a housemade spice mix of dried porcini mushrooms, coarse salt, crushed black pepper and Spanish paprika, grilled to charred and juicy.
Cauliflower T-Bone 21.00
A thick center-cut slice of cauliflower is poached in aromatic broth, then cooked to a deep, burnished brown on the flat top until it looks like a steak! Garnished with a rough-chopped salsa-ish sauce full of things cauliflower loves–olives, garlic, raisins, orange segments, herbs and good olive oil. A savory, dramatic, center-of-the-plate take on a favorite vegetable.
Plate Dinner Side Choices
- Spaghetti Squash
- Green Beans
- Garlicky Sauteed Spinach
- Sauteed Rapini
- Cheese Polenta
- Roasted Potatoes
- Cauliflower Mash
- Grilled Broccolini
- Cauliflower Mash
- Grilled Broccolini
- Cauliflower Mash
- Grilled Broccolini
*Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of food borne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions.
PIZZAS – small and large rounds
Our California-style pizzas are made with a dough that slowly proofs over several days, creating flavor and a slightly chewy, air-pocketed crust that complements our delicious toppings. Housemade sausage and other carefully sourced meats, ricotta and mozzarella cheeses made every day, fresh herbs and vegetables, sauces, condiments, herb shakes and spice mixes bring a unique character to our pizzas as they emerge, hot and tasty, from our 700-degree deck oven.
**Please note that in the Italian Pizzaioli tradition, we allow the pizzas to stay in the oven until the rims are nice and browned, with char-spots here and there. This insures a firm bottom crust that gives an assertive crunch when cut. If you prefer your pizzas baked less dark, please let us know when you order!
FLAVORBOMB 15.95 | 22.95
Roasted Garlic and Artichoke Base with Fontina, Marinated White Anchovies, Arugula and Spicy Calabrian Chile Oil
STREETS OF LAREDO 14.95 | 22.95
A white pizza with housemade Red Chorizo, Butternut Squash, Crema, Lime Zest and Cilantro
VEGANATOR 14.95 | 22.95
A red or white pizza with Smoked Jackfruit, Spinach, Peppers and Onions, Cashew Ricotta
UNBEETABLE 13.95 | 20.95
Beet Pesto Base, Spinach, Whipped Goat Cheese or Vegan Cashew Ricotta
TAYLOR STREET 13.95 | 20.95
Italian Pork Sausage, Spinach, Garlic-braised Mushrooms
SPRING HAS SPRUNG 14.95 | 21.95
A white pizza with Shrimp, Fresh Asparagus and Chives
MEDITERRANEAN 13.95 | 20.95
Roasted Eggplant, Broccolini, Feta, Crispy Garlic, Harissa
MR. WHITE 13.95 | 20.95
A white pizza with Smoked Provolone, Mozzarella, Fontina, Parmesan, Rosemary
THAT’S THE WAY UH-HUH, UH-HUH 13.95 | 20.95
Pepperoni, Roasted Sweet Peppers
ANGRY SAL 13.95 | 20.95
An Olive Oil base with Italian Pork Sausage, Fresh Mozzarella, Basil and Spicy Tomato Sauce on Top.
ANGELA 13.95 | 20.95
A white margarita with Fresh Mozzarella, Sliced Roma Tomato, Basil
PHILOMENA 13.95 | 20.95
Sliced Meatballs, Sweet Peppers and Onions, Oregano
CHIMI PICANTE 14.95 | 21.95
A white pizza with Braised Pork, Smoked Provolone, Peppadew Peppers
and Chimichurri- The Argentinian Fresh Herb, Vinegar and Olive Oil Sauce. Spicy!
TOMMASO 14.95 | 21.95
Grapes, Roman Sauce, Aged Blue Cheese, Crispy Shoestring Onions
HAWAII 4-0 13.95 | 20.95
Ham, Charred Pineapple, Fresh Jalapenos, Cilantro