Extreme Pizza is not your run-of-the-mill, ma-and-pa pizza shop. Here, the cooks pile their house-baked crusts with a slew of uncommon combinations, including the ginger-peanut-sauce-marinated chicken strewn across the Kickin’ Chicken pizza, which is also topped with peanuts, green onions, swiss, fontina, mozzarella, and fresh cilantro. The Paia Pie may seem standard with pineapple and Canadian bacon, but the addition of mandarin oranges and its mozzarella-cheddar blend make it more unique than a unicorn with two horns. As an alternative to the pies, freshly baked calzones, creatively loaded salads, monster subs, and chicken wings also populate the menu.
Bottles of wine arranged beneath labels such as chianti, brunello, barolo, and cabernet line the bright-yellow walls inside Cucina Italiana, where a wide selection of wine pairs with classic Italian fare. Recipes gather fresh ingredients such as homemade lasagna noodles and chopped tomatoes onto plates with ricotta, pecorino, and scamorza cheeses. An outdoor patio enables dining alfresco, and on Fridays and Saturdays, patrons can enjoy finishing entrees of veal osso buco.
Corner House Café & Pizzeria is an appealing oasis for casual eats and healthy smoothies, found tucked away in the business park landscape of Sorrento Valley. This family-owned eatery brims with personality, thanks to vibrant blue-umbrellas on the patio, a covered deck and garden touches. Energize the day with a morning latte, espresso or cappuccino, or opt for a healthy alternative with an acai bowl or antioxidant-rich smoothie. The expansive lunch menu impresses with its lengthy list of deli sandwiches, pizzas, calzones, salads, pastas and burgers, though no dinner service is offered. Daytime diners sit at communal picnic tables, surrounded by greenery and enjoying caprese sandwiches, chicken kabob plates or mandarin orange and crispy noodle salads, often before heading back to their nearby office.
Amid warm lighting shrouded by red glass, executive chef Samuel De Leon sends out Italian pasta dishes and baked entrees as the centerpiece of the eatery's campaign to give diners an Italian culinary experience. Another facet of this quaint destination is its newly installed covered patio, which lights up with the gentle glow of five LED TVs and warm fire pits. On Thursday and Friday nights, live music trickles into ear canals as patrons sip wine from a menu filled with chardonnays, merlots, and Italian reds. Those who prefer a specific bottle of wine can purchase one of the restaurant's wine lockers, which board bottles and brand each with a plaque that bears its owner's name and shoe size. Taste of Italy Del Mar also can book events for up to 200 people, including weddings and corporate events.
Though it's new to the neighborhood, JJ's Place Bakery and Ice Cream is already making a splash. That's because the eatery fills its dessert menu with sweet offerings such as champagne-infused mini cakes, cake pops, and build-your-own ice cream sandwiches with flavors including heath toffee and cookie dough. And the establishment doesn't stop at sweets. They recently added a lunch menu brimming with fresh salads, paninis, and flat bread pizzas.
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.