Since 1971, Trupiano’s Italian Restaurant has served diners a slice of Italy made of delectable pasta and superb pizza; the pizza won second place at the 2007 West Coast Pizza Championships. The dinner and lunch menus are stuffed with classic Italian pasta, chicken, fish, and veal dishes. Try the tongue-massaging vitello Milanese with breaded veal cutlet, lemon, and white wine ($16.95) or the scampi Livornese with jumbo shrimp, capers, Kalamata olives, and freshly chopped tomatoes ($18.95). Prepare for a marathon or a lazy afternoon of marathon watching with pasta dishes such as the fettucine Alfredo ($12.50), ravioli di carne ($12.95), and spaghetti vecchio mondo with eggplant, mushrooms, basil, and tomato sauce ($12.75).
Super Juice Smoothies pairs 100%, all-natural smoothies with piping-hot panini sandwiches. Marvel at the superhero moxie of the menu, where blends of soymilk, yogurts, and organic fruit assume a distinctive muscular moniker. Thor bolsters bodies with a mixture of berries, bananas, nonfat yogurt, creatine, and a winged helmet made entirely of condensed soymilk ($4.25+). Invisible Woman slims visual vantage points of waistlines through a mix of mangos, bananas, nonfat yogurt, and soymilk ($3.95+). Add-ins, such as ginseng and vitamin C, promote workout recoveries, treat colds, and energize bodies for upcoming battery-commercial casting calls (first one free, $0.50 each additional). With several drinks fewer than 200 calories, bellies may crave additional made-to-order attention of superhero-savvy paninis. Sandwiches include the Cyclops, which keeps hunger in plain sight through smears of light tuna salad served with cheese, pickles, and an x-ray monocle ($5.99).
At Siam Kitchen, skillful chefs whip together a multitude of noodles, rice, curry, teriyaki, and other authentic Thai dishes to create an expansive menu of flavors. A choice of pork, beef, chicken, or tofu is the main star in the pad gra tiem prig thai dish, where adoring chefs shower it with garlic-pepper sauce and heartfelt love letters on a stage of lettuce and cilantro ($8.95). Nosh on traditional fried rice ($7.95) or slurp up the pad woon sen ($7.95), where chicken, shrimp, a host of vegetables, and silver noodles mingle with a house brown sauce. In a teriyaki dish, a choice of meat or tofu mingles with chopped cabbage and carrots in a homemade teriyaki sauce ($8.95), teaming up to satisfy cravings for zest and fit the pieces of their friendship necklaces together.
For years, Diana Colletti couldn’t outsmart her oven. Every dessert she touched burned to a crisp, so she tackled the problem by enrolling in baking classes, where she discovered her knack for cupcake making. Showing off her newfound skills, Diana began shuttling her original recipes to her workplace, where colleagues gobbled them up and begged for more. Before long, Incr-Edible Cupcakes was born. Since then, Diana has flaunted her baking skills for wedding receptions, birthday parties, and Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, proving once and for all that she has mastered her kitchen appliances.Today, more than 20 varieties of cupcakes spring from Diana’s kitchen, where she and several friends combine classic ingredients such as fresh eggs and sugar with gourmet fillings such as caramel, bavarian cream, and raspberry reduction. Frostings such as chocolate ganache and homestyle cream cheese swathe each cake in an extra layer of opulence, like a scarf made of freshly printed Monopoly money. The bakery also crafts cookies, brownies, and other treats, which can be delivered to Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego Counties for a nominal fee.