No matter how into fine dining you are, you would be incorrect to say that there are many meals more satisfying than a perfectly cooked pizza. Gambino’s serves up fine Italian cuisine and a delectable selection of gourmet pizzas, strombolis, and calzones, with the added bonus of being BYOB. The pizza dough is all made fresh on the premises daily, and you have the choice of medium, large, by the slice, Sicilian, or the special pizza turnover. The other great attractions on the menu are Giovanni’s homemade arancini rice balls, which come in meat or vegetarian options, and the homemade Gambino’s focaccia. It’s hearty cooking and dining — just like the Sicilians do it.
While the Mediterranean by way of Italy has been featured on this list, it is time to fly a bit farther on to Greece. Kuzina by Sofia is an unmissable destination for anyone in the area who has a hankering and appreciation for the beauty and simplicity of Mediterranean cooking. This is true Greek cuisine at its very best. Owner and chef Sofia Karakasidou was born and raised in Thessaloniki, and she has brought the flavors of her hometown straight to the plate. From fresh Mediterranean salads to spanakopitakia, Greek meatballs, kebabs, mousaka, and the broiled catch of the day skiathos, you will find it hard to make a choice. Added bonuses come in the form of BYOB, the regular Greek entertainment and all-you-can-eat events. Opa!