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Ramona Lisa Pizza

April 19, 2020 – Outstanding Italian food delivered from Ra-Mona Lisa’s! They were offering free delivery (in SDCE) during all the ‘rona mess. Ordering online via their website was very easy and highly customizable. I ordered one of their excellent Stromboli’s (highly recommended if you’ve never tried). For my son, an order of cheese ravioli that includes garlic bread and a side salad (I ate the salad). I have to say, I’ve never seen such small cucumbers. Gail had one of their hot deli sammiches. Everything was great, thoughtfully packaged, hot & fresh tasting. Payment was very easy on the website with credit card where you can include tip and whatnot. Also was able to use their coupon code for 5% off. Food delivered 5 minutes ahead of their quoted timeframe of 45 minutes.

Detroit Pizza

Continuing to perfect our homemade Detroit-style pizza! This is a style of pizza developed back in the day in Detroit, MI. It is a rectangular pizza that has a thick, crisp crust and toppings to the edge. A ton of cubed cheese is what makes this pie. Special pan available from Amazon (LloydPans).

Borrelli’s Pizza & Pasta

March 16, 2020 – my last indoor dining experience before the big ‘rona shutdown here in California. In upcoming posts you’ll see how I fare with a myriad of takeout options. Pizza by the slice is always hit or miss wherever you go. At Borrelli’s in Rancho Bernardo it’s always a home run! I’ve ordered slices all over and this place does it the best.

Island Hideaway

Outstanding Seafood Cannelloni at Island Hideaway in beautiful Solomons Island, MD! As soon as I saw this on their menu I knew I had to try it. A house-made pasta crepe stuffed with crab, shrimp & ricotta, with your choice of marinara or Alfredo sauce (or a blend of the two which is what I requested), then baked off. Such a remarkably good dish. I highly recommend visiting here if you’re ever in Southern Maryland. One of my favorites for sure in the area and I’ve been to many of them over the years.

Amici Pizza, Pasta & Subs

I have not been to Amici in almost five years! Not much has changed, except they seem to have an expanded dining section that is cordoned off with a chain. I ordered the lasagna and it was very tasty, $13.95. Not among the best I’ve had, but quite solid. Clearly house made. I was impressed that it was hot throughout, despite being served on a melamine plate. It wasn’t !hot!hot! like some lasagnas, but just hot. Pasta dishes here are not served with any sort of soup or salad which is atypical from most Italian restaurants. This is more of a pizza place anyway than traditional Italian restaurant.
My side of sausage and meatball ($4.95) complemented the pasta-heavy lasagna perfectly. The meatball was pretty average, although definitely much better than the “beef balls” I had recently just a few doors down. The Italian sausage was outstanding. Had a nice, rich fattiness to it. My son had an order of cheese ravioli and he really liked it. Meals here are served with a generous portion of their excellent garlic bread. Service was just fine, from the owners I believe. For the prices charged however, full table service would have been nice.

Olive Garden

The new “Four-Meat Italian Mac & Cheese” at Olive Garden is a dish that could have been, and should have been much better. It’s part of their new Oven Baked Pastas. Probably one of their least impressive “specials” I have tried to date. First of all, it did not come off anywhere near a traditional mac & cheese. Their Alfredo cheese sauce/bechamel was just a scant amount that never tied anything together in a homogeneous fashion. The dish is advertised as being topped with a hearty meat sauce of braised beef, Italian sausage, bacon and pan-seared beef. It was pretty much just a small amount of substance daubed in the center of the dish. I am using the term “substance” quite literally here. I wouldn’t say that any of these four meats clearly manifest themselves in any sort of discernible way. Lastly, this is hardly a “baked” dish. Unless they had baked it an hour earlier that is. I was expecting something hot, bubbly and steamy that I had to blow on for at least the first half. If you’ve ever ordered any baked pasta dish at an old-school red sauce Italian restaurant, you know what I’m talking about. After only a few bites in everything was pretty much room temperature.

Giovanni’s Pizzeria & Ristorante Italiano

Last night in Ohio so I went back to revisit one of my favorite restaurants over the last two weeks. Such a fine specimen of a pizza. So delicious and such a thin, crispy crust, I easily ate the whole thing. Plus the best house salad I had while here in the Buckeye State.

Jimmy‘s Italian Kitchen

One more trip to Jimmy’s while in Ohio to try their lasagna. I just love this restaurant. I ordered the meat lasagna and it was excellent! Baked in the oven until piping hot with lots of cheese, etc and a flavorful red sauce. The meal was served with tasty garlic rolls and a fairly underwhelming house salad. I certainly look forward to eating here again if I ever return to southwest Ohio.

Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen

Outstanding pizza at Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen in Kettering, OH! Such a charming Italian family restaurant with excellent service. They have been making pizza with homemade dough and their family’s secret sauce recipe since 1975. And whenever I travel east of the Mississippi I always enjoy at least one or more Yuengling beers.

Marion’s Piazza

I visited another Ohio institution at the recommendation of a local co-worker and I’m so glad that I did! Marion’s Piazza has been in business since 1965 and has grown to 9 locations throughout the Dayton region. The menu is simple and focuses on the 4 best food groups. Pizza, pasta, sandwiches and salad. The place is cavernous and somewhat of a trip. Ideal for large families or groups. There were so many tables that could seat a dozen or more comfortably. I felt out of place dining solo. Seemed like I should have had half my family tree with me. That pizza I had was excellent! Perfectly thin, crispy crust, cut tavern style and such a liberal amount of Italian sausage.

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