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Ramona Lisa Pizza

Quick one tonight! Outstanding stromboli from Ramona Lisa Pizza for dinner. One of the best things on the menu! Made with pepperoni, ham, salami, bell pepper, mozzarella and marinara. Only $10.99. Great job as always from the gang there!


Buca di Beppo

This is a fun place to eat, but not on any regular basis. Buca di Beppo serves food family style, so it helps if everyone likes or tolerates the same thing. Here’s a stunning display of some excellent Italian comfort food goodness. They really take the tacky decor to a whole new level here, even in the restrooms.


A SoCal institution for generations! Outstanding spaghetti with Italian sausage and meatball at Pernicano’s in El Cajon.


Chicken Parmesan at D’Carlos! Covered in melted provolone cheese and marinara sauce, served with a side of spaghetti, tasty garlic bread and freshly shaved parmesan cheese, $13.25.

The first thing I noticed was the stunning presentation! The next thing I observed was the naked chicken breast! Traditional chicken parm is made with a breaded chicken breast so this was somewhat of a departure being not breaded. I have to tell you though, the more I ate, the more I liked it. The chicken was grilled to the perfect doneness and was quite juicy and tender. Personally, I prefer a crispy breaded breast, but this one didn’t feel like a lead weight in my gut after eating it. I’m sure it was less calories too for those who care about that sort of thing.

The pasta unfortunately was cooked well past al dente. I was really impressed though with the marinara sauce. In my opinion it would rival any good Italian restaurant within a reasonable driving distance. It was rich, flavorful and robust. Overall a great dish when you want something other than their signature beef or seafood dishes.

Ramona Lisa Pizza

Outstanding pizza at Ramona Lisa! Love their crust.

Italian Mac & Cheese

Outstanding homemade Italian style mac & cheese! Made with cavatappi pasta, a ricotta/mozzarella bechamel and Italian sausage.

Ramona Lisa Pizza

Outstanding pizza and an unorthodox antipasto salad at Ra-Mona Lisa!

Romano’s Macaroni Grill

One of the worst things I’ve eaten at Romano’s Macaroni Grill! The so-called “Classic Italian Bake”. Sadly it’s not even baked! Just a bunch of ingredients thrown in a baking dish. I’ve been a fan of many dishes at the Macaroni girl, this was not one of them.

The Par Lounge

Outstanding pizzas at The Par Lounge recently! Two of our faves, the Blanco, made with white sauce, spinach, prosciutto, daubs of ricotta, etc. And the Combo, made traditional red sauce style with pepperoni and Italian sausage.

Olive Garden

Here’s the so-called light version of Chicken Parmigiana at Olive Garden.  It’s pretty much the same as their full dinner version, but just one piece of chicken instead of two. The dish is pretty tasty but surprisingly the chicken seems overly institutional for OG.  Like it’s from the bottom shelf of the Sysco truck.

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