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Piero’s Italian Cuisine

Such a remarkable dining experience and exquisite service at Piero’s Italian Cuisine in Las Vegas! In business since 1982, Piero’s is a treasured Las Vegas staple. Known for it’s fabulous cuisine, unique atmosphere and five-star service. They have been a hangout for Vegas locals, politicians, celebrities and even notorious mobsters. In fact, a portion of my favorite movie (Casino) was filmed at Piero’s. I’ll definitely be returning to this special place whenever I return to Southern Nevada.

Best Pizza & Brew

I’m back at Best Pizza & Brew in Carmel Mountain Ranch! This time to try a salad and mac & cheese. I really enjoy the open air feel here. Caesar salad was excellent. Properly dressed and cheesed. What stood out though were the exquisite croutons. Among the best I’ve had. Very nicely done for a Caesar.

The mac was pretty good. Better than the version I had recently at Stone. Added bacon and jalapeños which were abundant and nicely mixed in. I appreciated their use of cavatappi pasta (corkscrew). Cheese sauce was tasty and nicely proportioned; didn’t get all soupy. The jalaps should have been diced up a bit. They were whole, thick sliced coin shaped pieces.

Villa Capri Trattoria & Wine Bar

Exquisite “Tagliatelle Gamberi Mascarpone e Rucola” at Villa Capri in Poway! Fettuccine with shrimp in a mascarpone cream sauce with fresh arugula. We also had the “Linguine con Capesante e Gamberi”. Linguine with scallops, shrimp, diced tomatoes, served in a spicy light pink sauce. Such creative, beautiful and well executed Italian dishes here.

Cheesecake Factory

Outstanding “Crusted Chicken Romano” at CKF

Harbor Reef Restaurant

We spent three extraordinary nights recently in Two Harbors on Catalina Island. Not a darn thing to do here and that’s how I like it! Such a charming little town. Only one restaurant though so it’d better be good! We ate at Harbor Reef each night and we enjoyed it. The only other meal alternative in Two Harbors is to microwave a frozen pizza or burrito at the neighboring market LOL. The menu right now at Harbor Reef is quite limited. Maybe it’s the season, maybe it’s the ‘rona. Most likely both! Anyway, two soups, no salads, a few heavy sounding hot appetizers and around five main dishes. Over the three nights my wife and I had tried them all. The bar opens at 4:00 pm and dinner service begins at 5:00 pm. The bar area is really nice and fills up in the evenings. The restaurant side is nicely decorated and fits the feel of a place called “Harbor Reef”. The banquettes leave something to be desired though. All of the staff we encountered here were so friendly and genuine.

On the first night I played it safe and ordered a burger. Comes with the standard burger set and fries. I recommend adding the bacon. It was a nice amount and was overall very tasty, even the fries. Second night I ordered the red wine boneless short ribs. Comes with broccolini and mashed taters. I was expecting a more traditional braised style short rib that was fork tender. The version here was grilled medium rare and sliced for presentation. It was decent, but kind of tough. Needed a steak knife. The taters were really good and hot with a rustic texture. Broccolini was perfectly cooked and seasoned. Although the dish was beautifully presented, I probably wouldn’t order it again. 

Night 3, I went for the interesting looking pasta dish! The menu calls it “Herb Cajun Chicken Pasta Linquine Pasta”. Apparently they want you to really know that this is a pasta dish! There’s a lot going on with this one, including artichoke hearts, broccolini, maters, chicken, etc. I’m pretty sure they put broccolini in everything here. Unfortunately the linguine was somewhat overcooked and all broken up. Despite the pasta dish being labeled as “Cajun”, there was no discernible spiciness to it, although it was richly flavored. The menu desscription curiously noted “garlic croutons” as part of this dish. I wasn’t sure if this was some sort of toast point thing or literaly croutons like you’d get in a salad. Regardless, it was not included in my dish so I’ll never know.

Villa Capri Trattoria & Wine Bar

Outstanding Cannelloni at Villa Capri in Poway!

Buca di Beppo

Such a rare and shocking occasion! Myself, Lady and Jr FoodObs all agreed on what to share at Buca di Beppo! We were at the Garden Grove/Anaheim location; across the parking lot from our hotel on a recent Disneyland trip. “Quattro al Forno”. Cheese manicotti, chicken cannelloni, cheese ravioli and stuffed shells. Rounded it all out with a giant meatball.

Cheesecake Factory

Outstanding “Baked Rigatoni” at CKF in Esco! I’ve been wanting to try this dish for some time, but it’s always been unavailable until this visit. Made with ground chicken instead of beef or sausage (you couldn’t tell). Such a creamy, cheesy, saucy, meaty, heavy dish. So good, but not something you want to eat everyday.

DiCicco’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

Decent Chicken Parmigiana at DiCicco’s in Escondido.

Island Prime C Level

Outstanding Lobster Mac & Cheese at Island Prime – C Level! Situated on San Diego’s Harbor Island, the views are exquisite.

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