Hand-tossed dough sails sky-high at Bonello’s New York Pizza, where chefs pepper pies in an oregano-based herb blend sealed in by the flickering flames from a stone oven. Dining companions can peruse the menu’s inspired litany of toppings—which include balsamic marinated steak, cashews, and pineapple—which drift across eight hefty New York–style slices ($10.95+) or a Sicilian–style pizza doused in homemade marinara. Like an underachieving yardstick, Bonello’s hot and cold sandwiches span 18 inches and stuff themselves with hearty mounds of homemade meatballs, Neapolitan cold cuts, and sweet italian sausage ($4.95+/half, $6.95/whole). Marinara and melted mozzarella ooze over a tender trio of ricotta-stuffed manicotti tubes ($8.95), where ropes of angel-hair pasta lope themselves around chopped roma tomatoes, garlic, and basil ($8.95+). Those looking to feast in the comfort of their own castles can place on an order for pickup on Bonello’s nifty online order form, an accommodating alternative to ordering via phone or smoke signal.
Fresh, handmade flour tortillas wrap vegetarian and meat-packed burritos at El Burrito #1, a family-owned and operated restaurant in business since 1957. Locally-sourced corn tortillas hold together enchiladas and tacos stuffed with fresh produce and meats sourced from other local businesses. When the weather is pleasant, visitors can place their orders at a walk-up window and settle in at one of 12 picnic tables positioned in the shade.
After honing his sushi-making skills for decades at Sayaka Japanese Restaurant, Miguel opened his own restaurant with his own style of sushi. Sushi Miguel's Style means artful rolls topped with crumbled tempura placed delicately on a granite tabletop. Miguel's style is thick hand rolls bursting with spicy tuna and nigiri topped with bright-pink salmon and doused in tasty sauce, adding color and flavor to palates.
The scent of sizzling steak wafts from the kitchen at Leno's Rico Taco, a cozy Mexican eatery located near Colton High School. The spot's cooks pile that steak into warm tortillas, pairing the tacos with chopped onions, cilantro, and pickled vegetables. Visitors place their orders at a counter, savoring the aroma of carne asada as they wait to hear their numbers called.
Napoli Italian Restaurant summons the spirits of Old Country recipes by stirring up a menu of traditional Italian plates and pairable glasses from rackfuls of fine wines. Toasted bread dance floors hold aloft fresh tomato, garlic, oregano, and fresh basil atop an antipasto of bruschetta ($7.50). Patrons rest their incisors on a boneless bed of pollo marsala ($10.95) to dream of sweet marsala wine and dating the cute bicuspid across the jaw. Chunks of shrimp, calamari, scallops, clams, mussels, and salmon swim laps between strands of pasta in the linguini pescatore's pool of olive oil and light marinara or white sauce ($16.50). Oenophiles flex their matchmaking muscles by pairing varietals with their meal, marrying a full-bodied red to the milk-fed veal of the vitello piccata ($12.50) or setting up a glass of white with the baked chicken breast of the pollo florentina ($12.50).
In 1975, Rosina Gallardo, a native of Zacatecas, Mexico, opened her first Amapola Rico Taco. Initially a drive-in, the eatery has since transformed into five restaurants with indoor seating and drive-thru windows. Rosina's dedication to popular and lesser-known Mexican flavors, however, remains unchanged. She fills burritos and soft-shell tacos with not only classic meats such as steak and pork, but also with goat, beef head, and beef tongue. Other Mexican staples such as cheese enchiladas and breakfast platters of huevos rancheros round out the menu.