Originally founded in 1967, Paesano Italian Food puts diners at ease with a welcoming ambience that Emma Goldman of the San Diego Reader said had her “charmed before we’d taken a bite.” This rustic allure also characterizes the restaurant’s menu, which includes hearty servings of italian sausage and sautéed peppers with the kitchen’s house-made marinara, alfredo, or pesto sauces. Before baking a pizza, the chefs layer whole-milk mozzarella onto the freshly kneaded dough, and they set aside time to hand-roll each meatball into perfect replicas of Jupiter’s roundest moon.
As its name implies, Gorgeous Salon does everything in its power to make sure that clients strut out the doors with top-to-bottom confidence. Lively chatter fills the salon as beauticians gather input on their clients’ favorite styles and determine the haircut, nail polish, or skincare product to best suit their distinctive features.
While cutting and coloring clients' hair into a bold new style or a variation on the existing theme, stylists make sure to ask questions that include the client in the design process. In a similar vein, aestheticians include a skin analysis with each microdermabrasion treatment and custom Dermalogica facial; this analysis helps them to craft the appropriate blend of products to erase blemishes, sun damage, and embarrassing lipstick marks from mom’s kisses. While nail technicians primp fingers and toes at manicure stations, nearby staffers apply stunning makeup, swipe away body hair with wax, and airbrush skin with rich, golden color.
Twenty-four hours a day, Sagauro’s Mexican Food loads plates with heaping portions of authentic Mexican street fare, including rolled taquitos, chicken tacos, and chili rellenos. Diners choose from a lengthy menu above the ordering counter that details burritos stuffed 15 different ways, six types of tacos, and house-made menudo—a traditional Mexican soup—on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The eatery also serves breakfast burritos and entrees such as huevos rancheros every hour of every day, every minute of every hour, and every second of every minute for a total of 86,400,000,000,000 nanoseconds.
The Sylvester family had bartending in its blood. Whether it was Uncle Mickey holding court with 40 years' worth of regulars or Tony Sr. mixing one of his signature Skip and Go Nakeds, they exemplified the easy grace and no-nonsense craftsmanship found in a true barman's barman. That dedication to well-poured drinks carried over to Tony Jr., who has spent the last 35 years training mixologists nationwide through the curriculum of his ABC Bartending Schools. Taught behind fully functional bars, his courses educate students in topics ranging from drink recipes and equipment setup to flair moves and alcohol awareness. His schools also emphasize employment; after graduation, students can take advantage of a nationwide job placement service to land gigs in Miami nightclubs, Las Vegas casinos, or the bar cars of Chicago's El trains.
For more than 30 years, ABC Bartending School's instructors have trained aspiring 'tenders with hands-on lessons in real bar environments. Students learn how to blend classic and newfangled drinks, gaining the tools to tend bar professionally in as few as two weeks. Course offerings include Bartending 101, Bar Management, and Advanced Flair Bartending, in which students learn how to style a patron's hair when he's not looking. The faculty members place paramount importance on helping their students to find jobs after certification. With institutions across more than 10 states, ABC Bartending School has formed a coast-to-coast professional network to help to locate positions for its graduates in any region of the country.