Excellent order of half & half spaghetti and lasagna at Filippi’s in Santee! It was accompanied by a huge, tender and flavorful meatball and one of the best dinner salads you’ll find anywhere. Filippi’s is a San Diego institution, in business since 1950. They’ve grown into a small chain of old-school red sauce Italian restaurants dotted throughout SoCal.
Probably one of the more stalwart restaurants on the island, Antonio’s is a good standby. The menu is quite expansive and would satify any tastes. The menus are literally huge in your hands. This has become our traditional last-day eating stop before boarding the boat back home. I’ve had a number of dishes here over the years and the food overall is just slightly above average in my opinion. With the current ‘rona outdoor seating situation, this place is actually a very good choice. Ample outdoor seating right on the water with stunning views. Only Antonio’s and The Bluewater next-door seem to have this seating benefit. Standout for me has to be their music. Really good tunes pumping in the background. Neil Diamond, Ray Charles, Alan Jackson, et al. YMMV, but I liked it.
Lasagna Bolognese at Villa Capri in Poway. Not the best lasagna I’ve had. This one was rather unorthodox. Didn’t even have any mozz on the top. Pasta layers were too thick considering how it was constructed. This is an overall fantastic restaurant with many great dishes. I unfortunately cannot recommend their lasagna.
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.
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.
I have eaten lasagna at many Italian restaurants across America. One of my favorites will always be Filippi’s! There’s is very cheese forward so I always recommend adding a meatball or sausage (or both) to round it all out.
(Visited November 23, 2019) Excellent order of half & half spaghetti and lasagna at Filippi’s in Santee! It was accompanied by a huge, tender and flavorful meatball and one of the best antipasto salads you’ll find anywhere. Filippi’s is a San Diego institution, in business since 1950. They’ve grown into a small chain of old-school red sauce Italian restaurants dotted throughout SoCal.