The chefs at Fratello’s Bistro, who’ve been practicing for more than a decade, cook comforting Italian food from fresh ingredients that are grown locally in the Valley. Starters of mussels marinara or stuffed mushrooms jump out from a menu of pastas, pizzas, and meatier entrees. The chefs prepare chicken, calamari, veal, and shrimp as entrees characterized by different vivid sauces. Spicy red fra diablo sauce brings zest to bell peppers, red wine adds complex depth to marsala sauce with mushrooms, and white-wine lemon-butter sauce graces plates with a lighter, delicate touch akin to a flower petal falling onto a marshmallow. Glasses of local wine and imported Chianti accent each meal.
The menu at Full O Bull Subs & Pizza catalogs a straightforward selection of sub sandwiches and pizza. Sandwiches come either hot or cold. The hot half of the menu offers a selection of steak subs such as cheese steak, bulls eye, and barbecue steak. The cold half presents a selection of turkey and cheese, salami and cheese, BLT, and more. Pizzas are decked with toppings such as sausage, salami, chicken, olives, peppers, and more.
The team at HCK - Hermosa California Kitchen knows the recipe for a good time: tasty food, frosty brews, and good company. That's why the chefs cook up a menu of Mexican-American favorites such as grilled burritos, tri-tip tacos, and burgers slathered in barbecue sauce. At the bar, the staff keeps glasses filled to the brim with beer or made-to-order drinks such as their famous speciality fish bowls, which flow throughout the night as visitors socialize and watch sporting events such as pro football or MMA fights.
Whether for a birthday party or a night away from the kitchen, YR Pizza Planet welcomes entire families with a kid- and adult-friendly menu of oven-baked Italian meals. Patrons can step up to the counter to order an individual pizza made specially for their tastes, or a 14” large to share with friends or enemies who hate pizza. Crusts come in crispy or pan varieties, and are adorned with more than a dozen toppings, such as sausage, onions, and pineapple. Aside from pizza, chefs pull toasted ham and cheese or steak fajita subs from the oven, with fresh-baked cookies following close behind. YR Pizza Planet also helps patrons hit their veggie quota with a bountiful salad bar.
Though pizza and beer are a time-honored combination, BC's Pizza & Beer puts a new spin on the tradition with innovative pizzas and an abundance of uncommon beers. As its chefs load crusts with inspired arrangements of more than 40 fresh toppings—such as jamaican jerk spices with chicken and shrimp or mexican refried beans with ground beef and jalapeños—bartenders dole out pints of German and Belgian beers. At their fingertips are 33 tap handles and more than 80 import and craft bottles.
Out in the dining room, beer signs and playful knickknacks hang on the walls. Flat-screen televisions broadcast sports games in which football players zoom down fields and Lifetime movies in which football players learn valuable lessons about the wisdom of children.
Howie, the founder of Howie & Son's Pizza Parlor, can still be found behind his bar most days, pouring up pints of the 24 carefully chosen craft beers he has on tap. He's been back there since 2003, when he opened the restaurant with his family. He likes do everything the traditional way: he pours beers himself. He bakes his delicious pizzas in an old-fashioned brick oven. He even chose the building specifically because it has housed pizza parlors since 1963 and has lots of vintage accoutrement.
In spite of the old-fashioned bent, the eatery boasts a modern sound system. The speakers have spit out live music from dozens of national and local bands, including such acts as Matt & Kim, Vampire Weekend, and Modest Mouse.