Aftertastes: Recently Reviewed in LEO

BENEDICT’S GARDEN CAFÉ, 1519 Baxter Ave., 479-7777. Tasty new café that specializes in vegan and vegetarian cuisine with an extensive menu that satisfies both vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Complete with a juice bar! (Reviewed 8/23; Rating: N/A)

AMICI, 316 W. Ormsby Ave., 637-3167. This new Italian eatery aims to break the jinx associated with the Old Louisville property. The fairly extensive menu features a mix of some red-sauced Italian-American dishes with their roots in Southern Italy and a few classic “Northern Italian” dishes (like veal piccata). (Reviewed 8/30; Rating: 82)
WINDY CITY PIZZERIA, 2622 S. Fourth St., 636-3708, Formerly Queenie’s, this pizza joint serves up some of the best thick-crust, Chicago-style pies. The menu also features Stromboli, spaghetti and other pasta dishes, but the draw is definitely the thin- and thick-crusted pizzas. (Reviewed 8/30; Rating: 88)

BLUEGRASS BISTRO, Derby City Antique Mall, 3819 Bardstown Road, 458-6111. Recently opened in the lower level of the Derby City Antique Mall in Buechel, this lunch spot features fresh and appealing dishes with international touches. Remember to save room for the “famous Possum Pie.” (Reviewed 9/13; Rating: 84)

HIPPO WINGS, 502 E. Warnock St., 634-4477, Locally owned and operated, this carryout operation is located on the west side of the U of L campus. You can get their wings in more than a dozen flavors, and the menu offers a full array of sandwiches and appetizers as well. (Reviewed 9/13; Rating: N/A)

THE WING ZONE, 905 Hess Lane, 636-2445, Although they boast a full menu of sandwiches and the like, the jumbo wings are the prize here, with more than 25 flavors to choose from, including the sophisticated Cajun Teriyaki and the mouth-watering Lemon Pepper Garlic. (Reviewed 9/13; Rating: N/A)

BISTRO NEW ALBANY, 148 E. Market St., (812) 949-5227, Occupying much of the ground floor of the old New Albany Inn at Market and Bank streets, the Bistro combines excellent fare, comfortably upscale surroundings and the kind of service that makes you feel right at home. Save room for the Lemon Buttermilk Sorbet, a Bistro New Albany invention. (Reviewed 9/20; Rating: 90)

JERUSALEM CAFÉ, 1907 S. Fourth St., 635-6767. Located in the shopping center just west of U of L’s Belknap Campus, this cafe speaks Middle Eastern with a Palestinian accent. All the classics — Baba Ganush, Tabouli, hummus and falafel — make for quick meals with fresh, clean and balanced flavors. (Reviewed 9/27; Rating: N/A)

PRIMO, 445 E. Market St., 583-1808. Bim Deitrich’s restaurant just unveiled its seasonal menus for autumn, featuring many goodies, including a Northwestern Italian-style dish of wide ribbon pasta with braised lamb ragu and mushrooms. The Insalata di Mare (“seafood salad”) makes the heart of a shellfish lover go pitty-pat. (Reviewed 10/04; Rating: N/A)