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Ramona Lisa Pizza 

Outstanding lasagna from Ramona Lisa recently. Always a favorite for pizza, it was time to branch out and try a pasta dish. Only $8.99, includes a big piece of garlic bread. This was the perfect take-out meal. Generous portion of classic lasagna goodness. Rich, thick and very meaty sauce. All the layers stayed fairly homogenous without turning into a hot mess.

Pizza Nova 

Outstanding pizzas and salads at Pizza Nova in Point Loma!  This pie is simply called, “Italian Meat”…


Ramona Lisa Pizza

Quick one tonight! Ra-Mona Lisa was firing on all her cylinders this evening – which is saying something for a Friday! The place was hopping! Outstanding pizza picked up and ready within the timeframe estimated. Customer service from all there was amazing!

Fettuccine and red sauce 

Threw this one together pretty quick with what I had on hand.  Fettuccine pasta with red sauce and Costco meatballs!  Outstanding meal, I think I need to lay down now. 

Olive Garden

Two of my favorite things at Olive Garden!  Lasagna Classico and Zuppa Toscana. 


Domino’s Pizza 

Domino’s Pizza of Ramona for dinner recently! Here’s a medium two (and 1/2) topping pizza for $13.49. I chose the “handmade pan” crust this time – it’s made with two layers of cheese, toppings to the edge, and a crust that bakes up golden and crispy with a buttery taste.  I particularly appreciated that Domino’s offers two types of Italian sausage. You can get the standard nodule variety that falls off the pizza when you pick it up, or “sliced” from the whole link. The sliced sausage was very good and flavorful, just not enough of it unfortunately. There was ample cheese, but only a conservative amount of toppings overall. I had no idea there was such a scarcity of green peppers on the market.

I have to say this pan crust was outstanding. Typically my standard pizza crust winds up as dog treats, but the slices from this pie were consumed in their entirety. Edges were perfectly crispy and cheesy.

At Domino’s you can customize your pizza in fantastic ways! From the doneness (well done/normal bake); seasoning (garlic crust or no); and the cut (pie/square/or uncut). Not sure who would order a pizza “uncut”, but you have that option!

Not bad at all for a “chain store” pizza.

Mamma Rosa Italian Restaurant 

Mamma Rosa Italian Restaurant for dinner recently, delivered by OrangeCrate. This place receives consistent accolades for their pizza and I can see why.So many pizza places in town, but trying to get anything delivered out to SDCE can be a challenge. OrangeCrate to the rescue. Their system estimated 105 minutes for deliveries from Mamma Rosa (that’s 1 hr 45 mins for those of you taking your shoes off). I had the order at my door in just under an hour!

Here’s a medium “Meat Combo” pizza made with pepperoni, sausage, ham, meatball & bacon. It was a really good pie, but I will say the sauce was somewhat bland and flat tasting. The toppings were abundant and liberally applied. The ham was curiously cut up into tiny cubes which contributed to everything being less than cohesive. This is the kind of pizza you eat with a fork.  

I noted in my OrangeCrate order comments to put the pepperoni on top of the cheese and as you can see they easily obliged. In my experience, Mamma Rosa is one of those places that puts the pepperoni under the cheese to minimize greasiness, but I prefer it all crispy, cooked on top. 

We also tried a “Chicken Alfredo” Pizza that was excellent.

Mamma Rosa makes great pizza, but I wouldn’t say it’s remarkably better than any of the other top-tier pizza purveyors in town.

Mamma Rosa Italian Restaurant, in business since 1979, is located at 1130 D Street in Ramona. Open for dinner Weds-Mon, plus lunch on weekends.


Ramona Lisa Pizza

Friday night, 6pm and Ramona Lisa answered her phone promptly. The young gal on the other side tonight was so nice & helpful; and patient with Gail’s sandwich order (which came out perfect, according to her specifications).Me and the boy shared a small “Meat Eater” pizza ($12.99). Loaded up with pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, salami & “beef”. And the perfect amount of cheese I have to say!

Some reviews of late have mentioned the doughiness, and I noticed that tonight. It wasn’t undercooked by any means, but seemed like it could have stayed an extra minute or so in the oven. I will say though that the dough did not taste as flat/bland as it had the last time! Sauce was also more prominent tonight with a decidedly better flavor.

Ramona Lisa Pizza 

Antipasto Salad at Ramona Lisa’s. With our dine-in order I added a “small antipasto to start, no olives”. For $5.99 (large is only $1 more) it’s made with lettuce, tomato, salami, pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, black olives and pepperoncini.  Unfortunately it came out with the food, and not before. Included olives, but no pepperoncini. The most notable omission was any sort of dressing! Came out completely dry. I will say everything was fresh and crisp though. All ingredients were represented in a very generous and abundant fashion. Particularly the cheese as you can see, although I’ve never had an antipasto made with shredded cheese. I did address my concerns directly with the manager on duty and was very well taken care of!

Wound up exchanging this for a meatball sub.

Ramona Lisa Pizza 

“Chicken Alfredo” pizza from Ramona Lisa’s. That’s right – I’ve been twice in one week! The improvement here is that noticeable.  This was from their specialty pizza section of the menu. (Shown here is the medium 14” for $14.99). Made with alfredo sauce; chicken; bacon;spinach; and onion.

This was an outstanding pie that came out better than I was expecting. Just the right amount of toppings, all thoughtfully and evenly distributed across the pizza landscape. At first the amount of bacon seemed fairly conservative. While eating it though I noted that it was just the right amount! It definitely contributed a nice smoky flavor to the whole thing. Quality and quantity of cheese was perfect. Lifting slices out of the box presented an amazing, stringy “cheese pull” that you don’t see very often.

I have to say this was a good value. Only a medium, but it easily fed two adults and an 11 year old with one slice left over.

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