Capers, cilantro pesto, barbecue chicken: these ingredients, along with more than 30 others, can top pizzas at Villaggio Pizzeria. Dough handlers craft build-your-own pies as well as California-style ones, which come crowned with West Coast–inspired toppings such as chipotle pesto and olive tapenade. The pies share a menu with other classic pizzeria treats, including buffalo wings, jumbo cheese ravioli, and oven-baked subs with housemade meatballs.
Cafe 322's welcoming atmosphere and rich menu of comforting Italian eats make diners feel at home while the live jazz adds a cosmopolitan flair. Try a different lasagna each day with the lasagna de la casa ($10.95) or opt for the sophisticated mélange of flavors in the fettuccine di spinaci e salsiccia with fresh spinach, italian sausage, and garlic sautéed in olive oil ($11.95). Cafe 322 also serves up tasty meatier dishes, such as lamb shanks slow-braised so they fall off the bone and directly into that special place in your heart reserved for Mom, America, and lamb shanks ($14.95). Stars of the gourmet pizza menu include the quattro formaggio, layered with fontina, mozzarella, gorgonzola, and parmesan cheeses ($11.95), and the flavorful grilled chicken pesto ($13.95).
Eddie's Pizzeria & Eatery answers an ancient culinary dilemma: do we go out for pizza or stay in for Mom's meatloaf? Serving New World fare, the restaurant satisfies cravings in a single sweep. Even its pizzas champion this culinary marriage—New York–style pies arrive speckled with traditional toppings as well as premium options, such as rosemary ham. Yet, despite such culinary fusion, the pies never lose sight of their roots. Margherita pizza recalls the dish’s Italian heritage, whereas a 10-inch gourmet Bada Bing represents pizza’s modern stomping grounds with sausage, gorgonzola, and a mini “I Heart NY” shirt.
The menu also explores a large landscape of pasta entrees, from four-cheese ravioli to penne sautéed with mushrooms in a tomato-cream sauce. Meatier plates continue to span continents, with chicken parmesan prepped near st. louis ribs and handcrafted Angus burgers. As patrons strip tangy wings bare, they can watch the venue's eight televisions, two of which boast 70-inch HD screens.
The name seems a little vague at first glance. But catch a whiff of the aromas coming from the kitchen of Euro Cafe, and you may start to tease apart the main national cuisines at work: sweet red pepper sauce and roasted Black Angus beef from Portugal, espresso and chicken fettuccine from Italy. The former influence predominates, popping up in the wine list, the linguiça sausage in an omelet, and the marinated pork loin in a sandwich. The family of owners also celebrate their mother country by preparing a daily Portuguese special and taking turns working on the basement's tunnel to Lisbon.
Although it holds down the corner of a shopping-center plaza, Euro Cafe goes out of its way to feel like a cozy neighborhood spot tucked away on some quaint side street, from the house-baked pastries to the tables scattered on the sidewalk to the live music. The approach has won some ardent fans during its decade in business. "I could go on and on about Euro Cafe," raved a reviewer for the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin after a "luscious" lunch in 2010. "But it would be better if you swing by and see for yourself."