At Cicciotti’s Trattoria Italiana & Seafood, chef and author Gaetano Cicciotti and his staff of kitchen craftsmen wood-fire pizza crusts and sauté fresh seafood using original recipes. Like Pac-Man’s Italian relatives, diners chomp their way through morsels of tender pasta mixed with mouthwatering ingredients such as creamy tiger shrimp, homemade meatballs, sun-dried tomatoes, and a creamy gorgonzola pesto sauce. Noodle-free fare includes chicken, veal, and seafood, which arrives shrouded in white-wine sauce or cloaked in mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce. In addition, an extensive wine list helps patrons match their meal with a vintage vino for a duo of flavors that’s more dynamic than a Bruce Willis and Mr. Peanut buddy-cop flick.
After a quarter-century of pizza-smithing, the kitchen at Papa Toni's Pizza still crafts tasty pies out of freshly baked dough, creamy italian cheeses, and savory meats and sauces. Diners sink their teeth into specialty pies such as the all-meat Tutta Carne or the california spinach-covered Popeye, or take their cheese-covered fate into their own hands and create their own pie with 20 different toppings and a choice of flavored hammers to use on the pizza anvil. Classic pastas, subs, and calzones provide alternatives to a nonstop diet of pizza, while treats such as fresh, cherry-topped cannoli top off meals.
With 32 beers on tap and a full menu of American bistro-style food, trivia-players, pool sharks, and sports fans needn't move from their spot at Thirty Three North. Weekly trivia tests the knowledge of those who wish to play, while a 125" HD TV broadcasts sports games. Nightly specials occur throughout the week, and a fire pit provides a cozy spot to gather round and tell gruesome ghost stories to complete strangers.
Savory Casual Fare serves delectable lunch and dinner menus in a modern and relaxed bistro. Give up lackluster napkin sandwiches with a selection of eclectic lunch offerings, such as a cilantro shrimp salad served with candied jalapeños and homemade vinaigrette ($15.75) or a spanish ham, grilled pear, and melted brie sandwich served on ciabatta bread ($14.50). Dinner selections (served Tuesday–Sunday from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) offer a West Coast spin on European traditions, similar to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s acting method. Launch supper expeditions with a shareable plate of black forest ham-laced mac ‘n’ cheese ($8 small, $15.75 large) or baked escargot with red wine and shallot in a puff-pastry cap ($11.25). The harissa braised lamb chop entree pairs up for salivary undertakings with polenta cake and roasted poblano pepper ($27.50), while the buttermilk fried chicken breast rubs shoulders with mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy ($21.25). Herbivores and vegans are accommodated with custom-made dinner selections and four-course meals ($18–$39).
Beach Grass Café presents patrons with creative menus of California cuisine and a laid-back environment where reggae, Latin, and big-band tunes greet your eardrums with appetizing beats. For breakfast, give your mouth a wake-up gift of huevos rancheros––tortillas festooned with black beans, feta cheese, eggs, and homemade salsa ($9.50). Try the blue burger ($9.95), a lunch favorite that splices Kobe beef and blue cheese in the name of culinary science or give your adventurous inner dinner champion a chance to conquer the 12 oz. New York steak ($19.95). Smoothies, cocktails, margaritas, microbeers, and boutique wines are all available from the drinks menu and can be enjoyed near the front of the restaurant, where warm lighting and an oak bar make a classy meeting spot for your crime-fighter fighting union.
Adding a globe-spanning spin on traditional Mexican presentation, Bull Taco turns cultural preconceptions sideways with a delectable selection of remixed street tacos, bulging burritos, and tasty tortas. Pavement pounders beat a path to locations in Cardiff-by-the-Sea and Oceanside, where the taco pendulum swings from traditional carne asada, chicken, and carnitas ($1.75 each) toward gourmet upgrades including duck confit ($2.50), abalone ($10), and foie gras ($10). Muzzle riotous stomach roosters with a sunrise selection from Bull Taco's all-day breakfast menu, with carnitas, bacon, and chorizo snugly snoozing through meaty dreams in the machaca burrito's ($7) tortilla sleeping bag.