The pizzasmiths at Sopranos Pizza & Restaurant hand-toss dough to sculpt piping hot pies covered in fresh veggies, meats, and whole-milk mozzarella cheese. The menu busts out traditional pies such as the four-cheese pizza, a circular pillow of ricotta, provolone, mozzarella, and gorgonzola cheese (16", $15.75) that harnesses soothing dairy power like a cowboy's lullaby. The Mike's Favorite calzone fills a crunchy dough stocking with pepperoni, sausage, gooey cheese, and sauce (12", $11.25). Pizza artists array toppings ($0.75–$3) such as salami, jalapeños, chicken, and artichoke hearts across a cheesy canvas (9", $4.25) to craft a culinary masterpiece that can be bronzed and placed on the mantel. A parade of hot and cold sandwiches ($4.50+) and pasta dishes march across Sopranos' tables, releasing a bouquet of mouthwatering aromas to demand stomach space.
Dominic's fresh, authentic Italian cuisine, served at lunch and dinner, pairs with a countryside wall mural, vines creeping down grotto-like archways, and red-and-white-checkered table cloths for a charming dining experience. For lunch, diners can partake in traditional plates, such as cheese ravioli ($8.75) and Ma's breaded chicken breast ($9.95), share a 12-inch pepperoni pizza pie ($9.95), or two-hand a classic muffaletta piled with ham, salami, cheese, and garnish galore ($8.99 for a whole sandwich). Dinner dishes support hefty helpings of lasagna ($12.95), chicken parmigiana ($14.95), and veal piccata sautéed in lemon-butter sauce ($19.95), like a tightrope supports a tightrope walker carrying a refrigerator, and can be paired with wine, such as a glass of Santa Cristina sangiovese ($5).
The hand-crafted meals at La Farfalla Café are inspired by the fresh flavors of the Mediterranean. Show spoons what they’ve been missing with pizza soup, a beefy broth of sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, and peppers simmered in a tomato-based sauce with optional pasta and mozzarella ($2.95/small, $5.25/large). Garden-fresh flavor that doesn't involve sleeping face-down in a neighborhood vegetable patch comes in the form of organic quinoa tabbouleh salad, sprouting full vegan fervor with a mixture of fresh italian parsley, carrots, cucumbers, green onions, tomatoes, lemon, and olive oil ($8.95). Flatten hunger with a piadina, house bread dough rolled flat and warmed in a dry skillet, topped with options that include chicken, pesto, provolone, and tomato with a choice of green salad or potato salad ($8.95). Satisfy sweet and salad-y urges with the chocolate-zucchini cake, slathered with rich chocolate buttercream ($2.95) and manageable by dessert fork or pitchfork. La Farfalla Café uses organic ingredients in all of its dishes whenever possible, will make almost anything to special order, and offers eaters the option to make their meals gluten-free for $1 extra.
If you were to open up a calendar, close your eyes, and point to a random date, it wouldn't matter–Incredible Cafe is open. Every day of the year, the Rancho Bernardo food stop fires up its ovens at 6:30 a.m. for breakfast, and keeps them churning out fresh baked goods through lunch. In the morning, servers dish out farm-fresh omelets, sizzling skillets, and fluffy pancakes made from scratch. Later in the day, sandwiches and half-pound angus burgers arrive on the scene, including an open-faced chiliburger buried beneath a homemade, three-bean chili avalanche. Visitors can enjoy their meal out on the Cafe's pet-friendly patio, where dogs can actually join their owners instead of donning fake mustaches and standing on each others shoulders under a trench coat.