Although Italians originally invented pasta as a fastener to keep Sicily from floating away, they abandoned it for less delicious moorings after locals on both sides kept snacking their way toward separation. Tether your taste buds to today's Groupon: for $9, you get $20 worth of Italian cuisine and drinks at Cannataro's Italian Restaurant in Chino.
Cannataro's owner Julie Yanni-Cannataro and her staff of culinary artisans harvest familial recipes from Calabria, Italy to tackle hunger with a flavor-packed menu of hearty meats and pastas served alongside an expansive wine selection. Delicate noodles simmer under a spicy meat sauce in the spaghetti carnivore ($11.95), and the lasagna ($11.95), much like the Grand Canyon, displays savory strata of pasta, ground beef, and cheese. Meaty entrees treat mouths to tender cuts of veal marsala ($15.95) drenched in wine sauce or low-carb specials such as the salmon fillet ($14.95).
Rather than grouping spirits according to price, region, or trade-union affiliation, Cannataro's progressive wine list organizes vino by flavor characteristics encompassing light-intensity red wines ($4.25–$6/glass) and sweet, sparkling dessert wines ($4–$6/glass).
Cannataro's Italian Restaurant
Julie Yanni-Cannataro spent much of her childhood working alongside her parents in their Italian restaurant, mastering the recipes from her family's ancestral home of Calabria in Italy. After years of practicing her craft at home, her family pushed her to realize her dream of opening up a restaurant of her very own. At Cannataro's Italian Restaurant, Julie now shares her culinary expertise and beloved home-cooked meals with the general public, dishing out wholesome, hearty feasts of roasted salmon, rib-eye steaks, and tender baked chicken drizzled with creamy lemon and marsala sauces. Her pizza chefs create fresh dough each day, firing pies topped with bacon, chicken, pesto, and fresh tomatoes in a stone deck oven. An accessible progressive wine list arranges wines by taste characteristics rather than vintage or region, letting diners know which full-bodied red would pair well with a spicy pasta, or which dry white would be perfect for blowing bubbles.
A rustic, adobe-colored building with a roof of clay tiles welcomes visitors to the restaurant, whose white garden latticework intertwined with vines and tucked-away alcoves roofed with cozy arches host romantic interludes and boisterous family gatherings alike.
12345 Mountain Ave.
Chino, California 91710