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Marechiaro’s Italian Restaurant

Excellent lasagna at Marechiaro’s on Olde Hwy 80! I always add one of their big, beautiful house-made Italian sausage patties. Among the finest Italian sausage I’ve had in SoCal.

Villa Capri Trattoria & Wine Bar

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.

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.

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.

Filippi’s Pizza Grotto

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.

Filippi’s Pizza Grotto

(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.

Olive Garden

One of the best things I’ve ever put in my mouth at any OG is this ‘Lasagna Mia’ thing! It’s a four-cheese lasagna rollata, topped with your choice of sauce and accoutrements. I ordered it with meatballs and meat sauce. Unfortunately, this was a limited time special and not available right now. So sad that the best dishes always disappear. I hope they add it to their regular menu someday.

Pizza Nova

One of my favorite modern Italian/pizza restaurants in SoCal is Pizza Nova! This time we were at their San Marcos location and I tried the “Locally Famous Lasagna”. Fresh egg pasta sheets layered with meat, ricotta, Parmesan, goat cheese, mozzarella and smoked provolone, baked in their wood-burning oven. It was excellent! Unfortunately their Caesar salad this time was not as remarkable as before.

Marechiaro’s Italian Restaurant

Outstanding lasagna at Marechiaro’s on Olde Highway 80! Layers of fresh, homemade pasta sheets enveloping Italian sausage, beef, ricotta, mozzarella and Romano cheeses, then baked to perfection.

Tony’s on Aviation

I always love eating at Tony’s whenever I’m in El Segundo! Such a no frills, old school, super affordable eatery. I ordered lasagna again and it looked great. Unfortunately it was stone cold in the center. Next time I’ll just have to ask them to hold it in the oven longer because I really do like this place.

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