Wondering what to do for your dad this year for Father’s Day? Forget the extra tie, or a bottle of cologne. What every father wants is more time with his family, and sharing a terrific meal at a family restaurant known for its amazing Italian food and coal-fired brick oven pizza is a great choice.

You can start the special meal off with some antipasti – try the fried calamari with a perfectly spicy marinara, or the mixed salami with seasonal fruit and fresh cheese. Have a bigger crowd? Add some grilled vegetables or mushrooms stuffed with crab meat, and share the platters family style.

Alternately, maybe it’s the incredible pizza with plenty of toppings that he’s craving. In that case, it’s time to order up a few delicious pies, crusts thin and crispy yet not dry and hard – the coal fired brick oven method of cooking has stood the test of time, and pizza made this way is unmistakably superior!

Pile on the gourmet pizza toppings, including meats, veggies, and specialty items like anchovies (harder and harder to find these days), truffle oil, and goat cheese. Every bite will make you glad you chose Bella Via.

Next up – entrees. Dad would probably love some veal scaloppini, a grilled pork chop, a succulent lamb shank, a juicy sirloin, or an incredible, expertly cooked striped bass. An additional plate heaped with gnocchi, linguini, or fettucine and some seafood means he’ll be comfortably full – but still has room for dessert.

Speaking of dessert, there are even more choices available for after the initial plates are cleared and the evening moves into the reminiscing and relaxation portion of the celebration.

Our hand-filled fresh cannoli are legendary, the tiramisu is out of this world, and the crème brulee is hard to say no to. Vying for room are the ricotta based, rich and creamy cheesecake, the traditional Panna Cotta (Italian custard cream), and a decadent chocolate mousse cake.

Don’t forget a bottle of wine for the table. A cabernet, Chianti, merlot or a sauvignon blanc could be just what the evening needs for a perfect finish. Treat your dad to a great meal and the pleasure of your company. He’ll appreciate it!