After childhood games of barefoot street soccer in the Sicilian town of Raddusa, Enzo Castiglione came home to Sicilian food crafted from his family?s traditional recipes. As an adult, he now serves the same cuisine at his Italian eatery, La Dolce Vita Ristorante. Named after one of his hometown?s coffee shops, the restaurant has earned praise in papers such as La Jolla Cuisine and La Jolla Village News for its authentic pastas, pizzas, and seafood, as well as its intimate dining room. White lights wind their way around the trunks of potted trees, illuminating nearby plates of house-made gnocchi, grilled Black Angus ribeye steak, and pizzas topped with calamari, Italian sausage, or simple mozzarella and basil. To start, diners can whet their appetites with a Caprese salad or a bruschetta, rather than the traditional Italian starter of a closed pizza box to stare at longingly. To complement their meal?s flavors, diners can select a wine from the eatery?s wide-ranging list, which ranges from pinot grigio to chianti.
Dousing 16 different pasta dishes in housemade sauces, the chefs at Voce Del Mare foster gustatory glee while creating Italian cuisine during dinner and lunch. Inside the warmly lit dining room, servers dot white tablecloths with classic Italian appetizers, meaty or vegetarian salads, and seafood entrees. Contributing to the eatery's elegant ambiance, the gentle tinkling of piano music fills Voce Del Mare on weekend evenings. Delicate wrought-iron ferns creep up the white bar, giving way to slate-gray tiles and a smiling, solar-powered bartender. In the dining room, simple chandeliers illuminate dark-wood furnishings, potted plants, and the latticework of wine-bottle holders.
Extreme Pizza’s pies are just about as creatively named as they are creatively designed. The Mr. Pestato Head pie, for example, combines homemade pesto sauce, roasted potatoes, caramelized onions, and feta cheese. The mold-breaking creations, available at the pizza shop's numerous nationwide locations, all start with the same foundation: a freshly baked crust, available in classic and whole-wheat varieties. Extreme Pizza also sates appetites with chicken wings, subs, salads, and calzones—also known as full-size pizza dumplings.
Baking up a fresh, Californian spin on traditional New York-style thin-crust pizza, the chefs at Pizza Pronto craft gourmet pies using premium ingredients, a blend of Italian cheeses, and homemade sauces. They adorn their creations with all-natural toppings, including grilled eggplant, basil, and spicy gyro meat carved onsite. In fact, Pizza Pronto's fresh ingredients and crusts earned the eatery a 2012 Golden Grub Award and a spot on the Union Tribune's Best Pizza of 2012 finalist list.
As pizzas adopt golden hues inside ovens, chefs whip up hearty pastas, sandwiches, and marinated kebabs. They also forge robust salads that can complement any meal with crisp lettuce, veggies, and grilled meats.