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Jersey Mike’s

The ubiquitous sammich for me that exemplifies Jersey Mike’s has to be their #13 Original Italian! This is a legit Jersey-style Italian sub, made with provolone cheese, ham, prosciuttini, cappacuolo, salami and pepperoni. Just outstanding, especially when ordered Mike’s way.


Italian Cucina

My new favorite dish at Barona Casino’s Italian Cucina is the baked penne pasta! Creamy vodka tomato sauce with Italian sausage and Parmesan. The whole thing is baked off with a thin layer of mozzarella on the top and just outstanding.

Olive Garden

Outstanding rigatoni with Italian sausage at Olive Garden! Say what you want about OG but sometimes they really nail it with their dishes. I’ve often had worse at legit Italian restaurants. The pasta was cooked a perfect al dente and the sausage had an excellent flavor and texture. The Zuppa Toscana is always a favorite with me as well.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill

Outstanding order of chicken parm at Romano’s Macaroni Grill! Most of my visits here are hit and miss on the food. This dish however was excellent.

The Par Lounge

Recently I had the “Aglio Supremo” pizza at The Par Lounge. It’s made with a garlic white sauce, pepperoni, Italian sausage, green onion, cherry maters and mushrooms (omitted). Only $9 for the small (shown here) or $18 for large. This pie tasted excellent. Definitely an interesting change-up from the traditional red sauce. I think my favorite part of their pizza is the crust. I typically don’t eat the pizza “bone”, but here I consume it all.

(Tip: Request a side of ranch – perfect dip for the crust)

Pizza Nova

Another outstanding dinner at Pizza Nova in Point Loma! Here’s an excellent baked macaroni & cheese au gratin. Made with my favorite cavatappi pasta, cheddar and gruyere cheeses and bacon. All baked off in their wood burning oven. Also shown is one of the best orders of calamari I’ve had in SoCal. Love the dipping sauces!

The Par Lounge

Outstanding pizzas and cold draft beers at The Par Lounge!!

333 Pacific

One of my favorite restaurants in San Diego county’s north coastal region is 333 Pacific. Here’s their remarkably good mac & cheese made with orecchiette pasta! Check them out next time you’re in Oceanside. Right on the Pacific with a beautiful view of the beach and pier.

Ramona Lisa Pizza

Outstanding pepperoni & Italian sausage pizza from Ra-Mona Lisa!!

Claim Jumper 

Outstanding pizza at Claim Jumper!!

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