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Italian Cucina

Tasty Chicken Parmigiana at Barona Casino’s Italian Cucina! Unfortunately, their current ‘rona protocol has them covering the completed dishes in plastic wrap when it leaves the kitchen. The diner then has to literally unwrap it like a present at the table. Not a fan of that. A stainless steel dome would be far more elegant.

Olive Garden

Tasty “Five Cheese Ziti al Forno” with Italian sausage and meatball at OG in Santee, CA!

Marinade on Main

Visited June 24, 2020 – If you’re a fan of garlic, you have to try this dish! Outstanding “Marinades Alfredo Pasta” at Marinade on Main. I’ve tried much of the menu here and this one is such a fave and always exquisitely constructed. It all starts with a base of delicious linguine Alfredo that would rival any top-shelf Italian restaurant. Pasta is al dente and the Alfredo sauce has a distinct garlic note. Truly a combustion of flavor. Many Alfredos can be somewhat bland; not this one. The house-made fried chicken is very good with a distinctly crispy and tasty crust. The whole thing is then beautifully adorned with arugula and prosciutto. Only $17; no ‘rona surcharge here.


Now, I dearly adore air conditioning. God Bless Willis Carrier. However 3 of the 4 HVAC ceiling registers in the dining area were missing or had been removed. These are the vents or grates that gracefully distribute the cold air throughout a room or space. Unfortunately, not having the registers in place sent a column of cold air streaming down onto the table. The chicken stayed hot but the pasta quickly assumed room temperature.

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.

The Par Lounge

Another great new dinner menu item at The Par Lounge is their ‘Cacio e Pepe’! Translates from Italian to “cheese and pepper”. Thick cut spaghetti, salted butter, parmesan cheese, and freshly cracked black pepper. Such a simple yet delicious dish that is very popular right now. Served with excellent garlic bread, only $13. The pasta was cooked about 1-2 minutes past al dente but it was still very good. Typically pasta dishes weigh pretty heavy on my constitution but this one was perfect. Paired well with an outstanding dinner salad and happy hour chardonnay.

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.

Filippi’s Pizza Grotto

Remarkable chicken parmigiana at Filippi’s in Santee! One of the better examples I’ve been served of this traditional dish. For some reason I always have to lay down after eating here LOL.

The Lighthouse Restaurant & Dock Bar

Lobster Mac & Cheese “special” at The Lighthouse Restaurant in Solomons. Looks like an impressive, abundant amount and it was! Unfortunately the lobster tasted either overcooked or old. Could have been both.! The mac itself was good. I’ll probably order something else next time, if I ever go back.

Island Hideaway

Outstanding Seafood Cannelloni at Island Hideaway in beautiful Solomons Island, MD! As soon as I saw this on their menu I knew I had to try it. A house-made pasta crepe stuffed with crab, shrimp & ricotta, with your choice of marinara or Alfredo sauce (or a blend of the two which is what I requested), then baked off. Such a remarkably good dish. I highly recommend visiting here if you’re ever in Southern Maryland. One of my favorites for sure in the area and I’ve been to many of them over the years.

Cincinnati Chili

After spending that two weeks in Ohio recently I was inspired to make homemade Cincinnati Chili again! Such an excellent comfort food dish. I really should make it more often.

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