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Giovanni’s Pizzeria & Ristorante Italiano

Last night in Ohio so I went back to revisit one of my favorite restaurants over the last two weeks. Such a fine specimen of a pizza. So delicious and such a thin, crispy crust, I easily ate the whole thing. Plus the best house salad I had while here in the Buckeye State.

Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen

Outstanding pizza at Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen in Kettering, OH! Such a charming Italian family restaurant with excellent service. They have been making pizza with homemade dough and their family’s secret sauce recipe since 1975. And whenever I travel east of the Mississippi I always enjoy at least one or more Yuengling beers.

Marion’s Piazza

I visited another Ohio institution at the recommendation of a local co-worker and I’m so glad that I did! Marion’s Piazza has been in business since 1965 and has grown to 9 locations throughout the Dayton region. The menu is simple and focuses on the 4 best food groups. Pizza, pasta, sandwiches and salad. The place is cavernous and somewhat of a trip. Ideal for large families or groups. There were so many tables that could seat a dozen or more comfortably. I felt out of place dining solo. Seemed like I should have had half my family tree with me. That pizza I had was excellent! Perfectly thin, crispy crust, cut tavern style and such a liberal amount of Italian sausage.

Antonio’s Pizzeria

One of the stalwart restaurants on Catalina Island is Antonio’s Pizzeria! Not the best food and service you’ll find, but they’re a solid choice with an expansive menu of favorites. It’s situated right on the water, so you can enjoy stunning views when sitting on their deck. We enjoyed this outstanding white pizza with chicken, bacon and maters.

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.

Opolo Vineyards

Outstanding pizza and wines at Opolo in Paso Robles, CA! Just driving out to this winery is a treat. Two lane winding road through California’s beautiful central coast heartland. Fantastic tasting rooms that include spirits, etc.

Tony Pepperoni Pizzeria

(Visited October 31, 2019) Outstanding “Meat Eaters” pizza at Tony Pepperoni in Rancho Bernardo! Topped liberally with pepperoni, Italian sausage, ground beef, Canadian bacon, etc. I cannot wait to have another one of these delicious pies.

The Par Lounge

Lady Food Obs captured this stunning image of her New York Strip at The Par Lounge! I had a couple bites and it was outstanding. A 12 oz strip loin smothered with a whiskey peppercorn sauce, plus your choice of taters.

I had my beloved Doppio pizza. Probably one of the best I’ve had here!


The “Sports Fan Pizza” at Oggi’s in Liberty Station was outstanding! Homemade pizza sauce, pepperoni, Italian sausage, red onions, green bell peppers, roasted garlic and jalapeños. I think I ate the whole thing. This pie had just about all of my favorite toppings represented. I have no patience for olives and mushrooms. 😂

Ramona Lisa Pizza

Not the best pizza in SoCal, but definitely among the best in Ramona! Delicious pie from Ramona Lisa.

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