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Tony Pepperoni Pizzeria

Outstanding antipasto salad and meatballs appetizer at Tony Pepperoni in San Diego!

Vigilucci’s Seafood & Steakhouse

First time visiting a Vigilucci’s Restaurant Group restaurant and I was really impressed! There are 3 locations around the Carlsbad/Leucadia area and we went to the Vigilucci’s Seafood & Steakhouse. Located right on the beach (across a highway) with stunning ocean views. Service was top shelf from the valet and all throughout. Sidenote: I made reservations through OpenTable and received angry messages from them after the fact that I was a no-show. This was most inaccurate! I can only guess the restaurant didn’t get me checked in against my reservation.

Food overall was excellent. I started with the Insalata alla Caprese. I’m not conviced these were “heirloom” tomatoes like the menu said, but it was delicious nonetheless. Also had the Spaghetti Portofino. Exquisite dish! A gustatory adventure for any seafood lover. Calamari, rock shrimp, mussels, Manila clams, a diver scallop and a jumbo prawn nearly the size of a small lobster tail. The Mediterranean pesto was betther than I was expecting. Light, yet richly flavored. Spaghetti pasta was properly al dente. I really enjoyed this dish. Lady FoodObs had a perfectly cooked steak with side of fettucine Alfredo. The fettucine pasta was clearly house-made, unfortunately had somewhat of an off-putting gummy texture.

Buca di Beppo

Stunning order of lasagna at Buca in Mira Mesa! This was the small order believe it or not. Looked like a wedding cake of cheesy pasta goodness!

Ramona Lisa Pizza

Outstanding Monday 3 topping special from Ramona Lisa’s!


Excellent Oggi’s Chopped Salad at Oggi’s in Santee!

The Bootlegger Bistro

On the way back from Utah we stopped in Las Vegas for lunch! One of my favorite restaurants there is Bootlegger Bistro. A phenomenal Italian restaurant steeped in rich history and tradition. I enjoyed an excellent lunch portion of lasagna, accompanied by an exquisite bread service.

Villa Capri Trattoria & Wine Bar

Exquisite Spaghetti Carbonara at Villa Capri in Poway! Such a masterful and fantastic execution of this classic Roman dish.


Excellent (small) Hot Spicy Sausage Pizza at Oggi’s in Santee!

The Slice & Pint

El Segundo Brewing Company’s “The Slice & Pint” is a fantastic new eatery in old downtown El Segundo! As the name implies, they simply specialize in serving some great pizza, etc., along with their fine selection of local craft beers. Highly recommended!

Italian Cucina

Barona Casino’s Italian Cucina continues its downward spiral in food quality. The chicken parmigiana seems more institutional now, and the pasta even more overcooked. Not what it used to be. The food coming out sealed in plastic wrap only adds to my dismay. For some reason they ask if you’re “celebrating a special occasion” when making a reservation. I’m like, no, just hungry.

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