While we have many fabulous food options on campus, it can be nice to go downtown and get a nice meal with your friends. Here are a few restaurant options for your next outing. 

Sophie’s Pizza Bar

Starting strong, Sophie’s is my favorite restaurant on this list. The atmosphere is wonderful, and the food is even better. If you’re looking for some appetizers, I recommend the bread service, the bolognese egg rolls or the fried mozzarella sticks. You can never go wrong with bread and sauce, and the egg rolls are phenomenal. The spicy vodka sauce for dipping really completes the dish. And of course, mozzarella sticks are a classic. 

For the main meal, my favorite dish is the spaghetti pomodoro with meatballs. It’s delicious and always hits the spot. If you’re looking for something else, try a pizza. The Fra Diavolo is incredible – the peppers and pepperoni with the spicy sauce are an elite combo. 

Dessert may be my favorite part of a meal, so of course, I have plenty of recommendations. The apple pie is, quite honestly, the best apple pie I’ve ever eaten. It’s served warm with a caramel sauce drizzle and vanilla gelato on the side. Perfection. They also serve mini cannolis with chocolate sauce and berries, which is another fabulous option for dessert. The cannolis always taste fresh, and the presentation is beautiful. 


Another favorite of mine. I love the atmosphere at Molto – it’s such a fun place to go with your friends. For an appetizer, I recommend their meatballs and sauce. They’re delicious and easy to share with others. For a main meal, my go-to is the gnocchi bolognese. The flavors go so well together, and it never misses. While I haven’t had much more than just a slice of the margherita pizza, I can tell you it’s delicious. The presentation for the pizza is just as beautiful.

Of course, you need a sweet treat to wrap up your meal. The key lime pie is excellent, as is the chocolate lava cake, which comes drizzled in a raspberry sauce. A perfect combo.

Colony Grill

Clearly, there’s a trend here. Colony Grill serves some of the best pizza if you ask me. Colony has a chill atmosphere, and it’s a great place to bring your friends. Unlike Sophie’s and Molto, Colony serves only pizza, so start thinking about your toppings. They’re known for their hot oil pizzas, which are delicious, but I find you can never go wrong with sweet peppers and pepperoni. Also, their crust is thin and crunchy, which is the only acceptable way to make a crust. I highly recommend it. Unfortunately, if you’re looking for a sweet treat, you won’t find it at Colony. But, stay tuned for more dessert recommendations at the end. 


A classic restaurant with plenty of options. I recommend getting the olives as an appetizer – they’re definitely some of the best, and the bread and oil are so good. For your main meal, the lemon chicken is delicious. But, be sure to check the specials menu, as they always have some hidden gems on there. I went with my mom once, and we got the best salmon dish, so keep your eyes peeled!

16 Handles 

16 Handles has plenty of yummy froyo options, even if you have allergies or other dietary restrictions. So, start thinking about your flavor combos and what toppings you’ll get now because there are a lot to choose from!

Hopefully this gives you some ideas for your next meal downtown! Bon appetit!

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