Food Observations

A blog for eaters

Archive for the tag “pasta”

The Lobster Trap

Outstanding Seafood Pasta (add lobster) at The Lobster Trap on Catalina Island! This is such a fun and trippy place. Definitely added to our list of go-to faves for next visit.

Buffalo Nickel Restaurant

(Visited December 9, 2019) Any visit to Catalina Island would not be complete without a trip to Buffalo Nickel Restaurant! We eat there every time we go. Just a short shuttle drive south of Avalon near the heliport. We always plan our island visits to include a Monday night. That’s when they do the pasta bar thing at Buffalo Nickel and my son dearly adores it. My burrito this time unfortunately wasn’t as good as previous visits.

Waterman’s Harbor

Outstanding Chilean Sea Bass and Spicy Shrimp Pasta at Waterman’s Harbor in Dana Point, CA!

Casa de Food Obs

Outstanding homemade panko crusted fried chicken cutlet with fettuccine alfredo.

Yanni’s Bar & Grill

(Visited November 30, 2019) Excellent Linguine Frutti de Mare at Yanni’s in San Diego! Shrimp, mussels, salmon and calamari in a delicious white wine broth. In business for over 17 years, they recently won the Best Greek Restaurant award from the San Diego Chapter of the California Restaurant Association.

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.

Marechiaro’s Italian Restaurant

(Visited November 9, 2019) Excellent Frutta de Mare at Marechiaro’s on Olde Hwy 80! The presentation was somewhat shambolic but it tasted great. An assortment of shrimp, clams, scallops and mussels prepared with a flavorful red sauce and served over a bed of linguine pasta.


The presentation was somewhat shambolic this time, but such an excellent dish of spaghetti & ravioli (aka half & half) at Pernicano’s in El Cajon!

Cincinnati Chili

Last summer I made this Midwest comfort food classic known as Cincinnati Chili! Turned out excellent! As far as “ways” go, this would be 4-Way. Sketti, chili, cheese and onions. I just had to add that beautiful sliced jalapeño from my garden to crown the top. The ultimate irony here is that I happen to be drafting this blog post while on a business trip in southwest Ohio! First place I ate after landing at the airport was the famous Skyline Chili. Keep an eye out for that post in a few months.

Filippi’s Pizza Grotto

One of the ubiquitous dishes in any old school red sauce Italian restaurant is “Half & Half”. Spaghetti and ravioli. Or sometimes lasagna. This version at Filippi’s in San Diego’s Little Italy was outstanding!

Post Navigation