For my 23rd birthday, my parents treated me dinner to Buca di Beppo (From Wikipedia, the name means, "Joe's Basement"). The small family sized plates were more than enough to feed me and my family! I loovvee the sauces they put on their pastas! It amazed me how much art and decor was all over the ristorante. It was like an Italian American museum!
My dad wanted to replace Danny Devito:
This was a whole lot of food! I ordered the Gnocchi Al Telefono (tender gnocchi tossed with fresh mozzarella in light roasted garlic marinara and a touch of cream). I love this pasta because there's potatoes made within the pasta and it reminds me of good times I had in my culinary class last year. My parents shared Ravioli Al Pomodoro (cheese-filled ravioli served with our homemade marinara sauce), and Bronsen had an Eggplant Parmigiana (breaded and fried eggplant slices topped with marinara, fresh tomatoes, basil and mozzarella, then baked). It was enormous!
A close up of the Eggplant Parmigiana. It looked a turtle shell!
I was surprised I didn't get my place mat messy.. I'm usually a messy eater!
After driving pass by Herbs & Rye for many years I finally went in to see what all the hype was about this place. They serve classic cocktails that were popular during the Prohibition Era and before that time like the Gothic Age (unknown-1865) and Golden Age (1865-1900): Here's an example of of some of the drinks: I loved all the drinks they made, wasn't disappointed with any of them: Herbs & Rye also serves Italian food like flatbreads , pasta, and they're known for the steaks they cook, I'll try some next time! I only had the appetite to drink: I really enjoyed my time here especially the atmosphere of a " speakeasy feel". They get busy during the weekends so if you plan to dine in, make a reservation !