90 E. Main St., Newark, 738-5811, www.caffegelato.net
At Taverna, an unassuming entrance on Newark’s Main Street leads to a warm space with exposed-brick walls and cozy lighting. The menu teems with Italian comfort food at its best, including coal-fired pizzas and homemade pastas. Try the heavenly whipped sweet ricotta with balsamic drizzle on rustic bread and the slightly crispy San Danielle pizza (prosciutto, mozzarella, arugula and tomato sauce). Don’t hesitate to top your pizza with an egg for $1—when sliced, the golden yolk nestles lusciously into every nook and cranny.
121 E. Main St., Newark, 444-4334, www.tavernamainstreet.com