A link to Santa Barbara's past, Aldo's Italian Ristorante resides on the grounds of the Janssens-Orella adobe house, which was built in 1857 and holds a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. Since 1986, Aldo's has done its part to write its own chapter into the historic site's story, serving homemade Italian specialties for lunch and dinner every day of the week. During visits, diners may enjoy freshly prepared dishes inside amid ornate pillars and elegant artwork, or outside in the heated courtyard.
Shine Blow Dry Bar offers upscale blow-dry services to residents of Santa Barbara and beyond. During treatments, a team of expert stylists wash hair with fragrant and hydrating shampoos as guests sip champagne or nibble gourmet cupcakes. After relaxing scalp massages, the stylists break out the blow-dryers, fluffing and curling hair into red-carpet-ready ?dos that are perfect for special occasions or memorable nights out. Shine currently operates two locations, both sporting a classic, feminine vibe with cream-colored walls, sparkling chandeliers, and ornate mirrors that reflect each guest's elaborate princess gown.
The chefs at Gino’s Sicilian Express pile house-made crusts with fresh tomato sauce and all-natural mozzarella cheese to animate a menu of more than 20 New York–style pizzas, as well as calzones and a selection of beer and wine. Pies range from classics, such as the margarita ($12–$16) and pepperoni ($13–$17), to specialty creations ($16–$20) such as the Polpette, festooned with basil, garlic, and sicilian meatballs. The Spinaccia pizza, strewn with fresh spinach and feta cheese, is also amenable to the New York fold-and-bite or the Antarctica freeze-and-lick technique. Diners taste test crust-free creations with a handful of hot wings ($4–$7) or sandwiches such as the chicken parmesan ($5). Chefs also present an evolving selection of desserts; ask Gino’s staff about the day’s saccharine selection or their opinions on mixing corduroy and plaid.
Highlights of Rodrigo Clark's two-decade Brazilian jiu-jitsu career include training with Master Carlos Gracie, Jr., reaching 3rd-degree black belt status, and medaling at the World Nogi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championship seven times. At Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu Academy Santa Barbara, Clark shares his vast knowledge of the Gracie style of self-defense during programs for all ages and skill levels. His and his team's teachings don't just show students how to defend themselves, though. They can also boost self-esteem, burn calories, reduce stress, and improve one's ability to dice vegetables with their bare hand.
The cozy, Old-World spirit of an Italian trattoria has endured at Chase Bar & Grill since 1979. Familiar Italian dishes appear throughout the menu, including creamy, ricotta-stuffed eggplant rolletini and veal piccata sauteed in a tangy combination of lemon, white wine, and caper sauce. Homemade ravioli and fresh mozzarella di bufala further reinforce the restaurant's commitment to its Mediterranean roots. At the same time, the chefs also indulge diners with classic surf-and-turf items, such as grilled Pacific Northwest salmon and cuts of locally sourced filet mignon, ribeye, and new york strip steak that have dry-aged for 21 days. The wine list also takes a mildly international approach, highlighting both Californian and Italian producers, while the handmade cocktails feature unique twists on old classics, such as The Moscow Mule and The Al Capone.
The decor in Chase Bar & Grill's dining room fosters a casual spirit that complements the eatery's inviting ambiance. Vines intertwined with strands of lights run along the walls and the ceiling, creating a lush yet somewhat intimate setting. Additionally, the space features a handful of Old World-inspired accent pieces, including vintage photographs and ornately framed mirrors hanging from the Tuscan yellow walls and a stout wooden barrel filled with magma from Mount Vesuvius.