How can a place that has an extensive beer list — and a Negroni section on the menu — be a great spot for family dining? Well, there are lots of non-alcoholic options, too — and the sausages and sides are great for sharing. Put the Garlic Herb Fries, a platter of sausages and a family-size order of the Smoked Mac and Cheese in the middle of the table, and you’ll fill a few stomachs. Maybe it’s just because proprietor Ed Donszelmann is just so darn friendly, but at Otto, there’s a casual, come-as-you-are vibe that always feels welcoming, whether you’re 88 years old, or eight.
There’s a real warmth to Tiramisu Bistro. Maybe it’s the dark wood finishes or the big communal tables, where a family can choose from pizzas to big bowls of pasta to sandwiches. It’s the kind of fare where you won’t have to worry about the overly picky eater in your family making faces and demanding you go somewhere else. The pizzas are great for the kids to split, while the Chicken and Wild Mushroom Risotto is must-try for the adults. Or, you can sit as a group in one of the domes outside, and watch the world go by, even when it’s below freezing.
You might be old enough to remember that going to a pizza parlour used to be about the experience as much as it was about the meal. The kitchen was open, so you’d watch the dough being shaped and tossed in the air over and over. The pies would be served on raised silver trays delivered to the middle of the table. It was a lot more communal than simply having a driver deliver a box to your door. At Tony’s, there’s a spot where kids can go and watch the dough being tossed, and you still get the feeling of those birthday pizza parties from your youth. May it never change.