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Old-School Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

my Grandma also loves fried shrimp. That's what she always gets at the Sizzler... :) I'll need to take her down to Pt Loma Seafoods I guess, to fulfill that need.

Jan 08, 2014
Shannon in San Diego

Old-School Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Success! I took my grandma to Filippi's today. She got the spaghetti with meat sauce and she LOVED it. It doesn't get much more old school than Filippi's, does it, complete with half carafes of wine from San Antonio winery in L.A. (I enjoyed a bit of the house white, myself.) Plus she has enough leftovers for two more meals, bonus.

My grandma was telling me she does not like the food at the senior home, and said "I don't know why they can't make normal American food like SPAGHETTI..." she cracks me up.

I've written all of the recommendations down and will keep them in the car for easy access for our outings. Thanks again you all made my grandma a happy diner today.

Jan 08, 2014
Shannon in San Diego
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Old-School Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Thank you SO MUCH everyone for all these recommendations! I'll make a list and keep it close at hand for our outings.

Jan 06, 2014
Shannon in San Diego

Old-School Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

This may sound like a strange question for a foodie's board, but I am seeking a place that has basic, fairly inexpensive spaghetti with meat sauce or meat balls in the Hillcrest/North Park/Bankers Hill etc. area. My grandmother just moved into the St. Paul's Senior place on 4th and Juniper from Temecula, and when we go out, this is what she wants.

After an expensive and not so great pasta with meat sauce at Sammy's Woodfired Pizza (because it was lunchtime, we were hungry and I had absolutely no idea where to take her for what she wanted) I thought I would call on the experienced folks here. Does anyone have a recommendation for a low-key and homey, not too expensive Italian American eatery somewhere around town? (Like "nine or ten bucks for a plate of pasta" not expensive.)

Molto Grazie in advance. I need to get some fat onto her bones and I'd rather avoid the Sizzler now that she is living in San Diego.

Jan 06, 2014
Shannon in San Diego

Venice restaurants able to sit 51 people?

You may have already made a decision but another option could be Taverna San Trovaso - they might be able to take a group that large.

Oct 24, 2013
Shannon in Italy

Catering/to-go for 12 ppl

I had Super Cocina cater a party for me once and it was wonderful - everyone loved it. I'd go for that over platters from Northgate. They deliver, not sure for that size group they would but you could certainly check.

Oct 23, 2013
Shannon in San Diego

San Diego identified by TripAdvisor Community as "Best U.S. Destinations for Pizza" Really?!

this hasn't been my experience and I spend a fair bit of time over there....

Aug 22, 2013
Shannon in San Diego

San Diego identified by TripAdvisor Community as "Best U.S. Destinations for Pizza" Really?!

So what was the old style? Margherita? A lot of pizza restaurants have long lists of combinations and toppings but they aren't what I would call "complex," French fries on pizza anyone?

Regardless of the complexity the Italians do love their pizza just as we do... I personally am a bit of a junkie.

Aug 21, 2013
Shannon in San Diego

San Diego identified by TripAdvisor Community as "Best U.S. Destinations for Pizza" Really?!

I am totally confused. Italian pizza is Italian pizza, one per person (usually) eaten with a knife and fork. I wasn't there 40 years ago but that's how it is now... American style pizza as I think of it is NOT the norm in Italy. Where are these "American style" pizzas you are talking about in Italy... just trying to get a sense of it.

Aug 21, 2013
Shannon in San Diego

San Diego identified by TripAdvisor Community as "Best U.S. Destinations for Pizza" Really?!

Italians in Italy eat plenty of pizza. More than here (not sure about Argentina, though.)

Pizza restaurants are full of Italians - families with kids, students hanging out together, businessmen even.

They can also eat a whole pie, whereas I can only manage a half. Seriously.

Aug 21, 2013
Shannon in San Diego

Recommendations of restaurants overlooking the Grand Canal in Venice

you've got fantastic advice from PBSF - I'll just add that Bancogiro is pretty fabulous and many people go there to celebrate milestones. You might consider doing a sort of crawl where you hit some of the great bars along the canal, then have dinner elsewhere.

Aug 19, 2013
Shannon in Italy

Village Vino in Kensington

I've been three times now and I really like this place. I just moved to University Heights in October and was starting to despair with the lack of places to go and get an interesting glass of wine. (Why are there no wine bars on Park???) Anyway - the bottle list is well thought out and eclectic and they have some interesting glass options such as a Slovenian Furmint. Tasty small plates and flatbreads, too.

Wish they were a teensy bit closer to my place so I could walk there, but beggars can't be choosers.

http://villagevino.com/

Apr 14, 2013
Shannon in San Diego

I've got Rome and Florence done, now for Venice - our last night

PBSF's suggestion of Vini da Gigio is an excellent one, and you can book online -

http://www.vinidagigio.com/

If the weather is good do your pre-dinner cocktails outside somewhere before dinner...

(edited to add - Vini da Gigio has disabled their online booking - color me shocked! However you can do it by fax if you want to get it done before you go...)

Mar 28, 2013
Shannon in Italy

Restaurant suggestions for our Italy trip

There are some good places to eat around the San Stae area in Venice. La Zucca is well known and you must reserve there. Il Refolo is better for ambiance than for food these days and I don't think it will be warm enough to sit outside so I'd skip it. There is a branch of the Muro chain (3 locations in Venice) close to San Stae that is very good and has something for everyone. I also really like Ostaria Mocenigo and it is good to reserve there as well.

If you get a hankering for pizza there is a great pizza place in the San Stae area - called Al Anfora. The pizzas are huge so be careful how many you order. In Campo San Giacomo dell Orio there is a great wine bar that serves sandwiches, cheese and charcuterie, and salads called Al Prosecco. For tips on other parts of Venice do a search here, but you are staying in a great area for eating so if you wear yourself out during the day, you'll not be far from a good dinner at night.

Feb 23, 2013
Shannon in Italy

Best Burrito?

Broccoli in a burrito? Ew.

Feb 22, 2013
Shannon in San Diego

Leftover "doggie bag" wine in San Diego

thanks everyone. I'll start carrying the license codes Stifler's mom provided in case this happens again.

Feb 08, 2013
Shannon in San Diego

Leftover "doggie bag" wine in San Diego

Last night, a friend and I had dinner at the Cueva Bar in University Heights. We bought a bottle of wine but only drank half. For years - decades actually - I have been taking bottled wine home if it was not finished and I thought it was law that food establishments in California were all permitted to let one do so. But last night they would not let us take the wine out - the server (who I think was the owner) said that their license would not allow them to let customers take away leftover wine.

We stayed and drank it (we didn't really want it, but I wasn't about to let a $44 bottle of wine go to waste). I am wondering if there is a specific kind of license here that does not allow patrons to take home leftover wine?

Feb 08, 2013
Shannon in San Diego

Florence & Venice in February

yes on the cichetti and you would get to see so much more that way... some bars do close for a few hours in the afternoon though. La Merca closes between something like 3 and 6:30 (I am estimating) so go there first!

Feb 05, 2013
Shannon in Italy

Florence & Venice in February

I'm with minchilli. Do a cichetti crawl on Tuesday when you get to Venice - then go to La Zucca or Al Promessi Sposi for dinner. If you are not big into fish, I'd go with La Zucca.

Feb 04, 2013
Shannon in Italy

Looking for a Venice restaurant for wedding dinner

I usually drink and eat bar snacks at Bancogiro . I hear good things about the food, and it always looks good. And it is right on the Grand Canal. I've spent countless hours sitting at an outside table drinking wine - I love it there. Of course, if it rains you'll have to eat inside (but that will be the case anywhere.) And you will definitely feel comfortable in wedding attire.

Jan 09, 2013
Shannon in Italy

Looking for a Venice restaurant for wedding dinner

You could check out Bancogiro. Right on the Grand Canal, I've seen several wedding parties eating there over the years.
http://www.osteriabancogiro.it/

Jan 08, 2013
Shannon in Italy

Big front Door BFD

I finally got down to Big Front Door yesterday... I really liked it too. No Sysco anywhere to be found now. (Well, unless they are hiding it well.) I went with my mom and my brother who is extraordinarily hard to please. Mom and I split the Natural - a French dip. Its not huge but the beef was really good. My brother had the Club and he had nothing but good things to say (rare for him, believe me.) The chipotle potato salad was good, the sesame slaw OK (it was a little drippy and a little vinegary for our taste.) We also had a killer chocolate cookie with pistachios and sea salt.

As the OP said they have a good wine and beer selection but you can't drink it there. Its a good place to pick up a bottle if you want something a little better than what they offer at the Sprouts next door. When they get their on premise license it will be even better.

I will definitely be back especially when I get a craving for a French dip.

Jan 06, 2013
Shannon in San Diego

Flour Tortillas

I love the tortillas at that market. Totally worth the price. Also nothing like giving an out of town guest a package of so-fresh-they-are-still-warm tortillas...

Dec 26, 2012
Shannon in San Diego

Agriturismos in Spain?

I have spent quite a bit of time in northwest Spain and I agree with barberinibee - I haven't seen too many agriturismo types of places around. The advice to stay in towns and small cities and do the tapas thing is spot on - you could alternate this with a couple of rural stays in apartments where you shop at local markets and cook for yourself at home. In the Picos they have fantastic beef and of course the cabrales cheese and all you need to do is pan fry some beef and melt some cabrales on it at the end and.. well, I can tell you, it is pretty awesome.

In addition to the recommendation for Pontevedra I would add Oviedo, it has the same vibrant feeling though it is quite a bit different in the general feel of the town. I have had great tapas in La Coruna too though I was with a friend so I can't remember where. If you decide to go there, I will write to him and post here - there was one street with a lot of bars and we ate and drank for hours there.

In my opinion the food at the paradors has become so iffy I am not willing to take a chance on them anymore. Love staying at them, but the food... yuck. It wasn't always this way, I think they have been cost cutting in the wrong areas, just in order to stay afloat.

Northern Spain is such a glorious place and I am sure you will have a fantastic time. Happy planning!

Dec 21, 2012
Shannon in Spain/Portugal

Rome and Venice with 4 kids, good food on a tight budget

Ae Oche has a location close to the ghetto. Its on the Lista di Spagna at Cannaregio 158. Also very close by is Al Timon, where you can get really tasty crostini with various toppings for 1 euro each. It is on the fondamenta just over the northern bridge out of the ghetto. They also have full meals there, but I have only had the crostini.

Another good place for crostini close by you is Vecia Carbonara on Rio Terra de Maddelena. You can order your crostini and wine/water and take it back to a nice big room with windows on a canal. There is no table service, so no worries about paying more for your crostini and wine than what you would at the bar. I often stop there for a little snack on my way to the Billa if I am staying on that side of town.

Speaking of the Billa - it is a large supermarket on the Strada Nova, east of the ghetto. You will definitely run into it at some point.

Casa Mia is also walking distance as is Alla Strega though that is a bit more of a trek.

You are definitely in a good area to eat reasonably - just look for places with locals in them, and don't go to any places with menus in 5 languages or guys trying to lure you in.

Dec 13, 2012
Shannon in Italy

I need me some soup (92101)

thanks for the report! I will definitely check it out too.

Dec 11, 2012
Shannon in San Diego

Rome and Venice with 4 kids, good food on a tight budget

Where will you be staying in Venice? Here are some good places for families - and lots of local families eat at them:

Alla Strega in Castello (pizza, fries, and salad - that's it)
Casa Mia in Cannaregio (pizza, pasta, meat etc.)
Taverna San Trovaso in Dorsoduro (same as above but fish too, portions are huge and prices are reasonable)
Ae Oche (good local pizza chain with three Venice locations)

You will also see bars everywhere with tramezzini, half sandwiches with all manner of assorted fillings that you can eat at the bar (sitting down will raise the price, of course.)

It does help to know where you are staying, wouldn't want you to have to traipse across town for a sandwich....

Dec 11, 2012
Shannon in Italy

I need me some soup (92101)

Has anyone been to the San Diego Soup Shoppe? Its a bit farther out than Hillcrest, but I just moved into the 'hood and keep passing it and wondering.

http://sdsoupshoppe.com

Dec 10, 2012
Shannon in San Diego

12 days in Venice, need rest. guidance please

Go to La Cantina for sure - on the Strada Nova (Campo San Felice) in Cannaregio. Excellent food and wine, and you can get great seafood there as well as great meat. Expect to pay 50 euros per person (but you get a lot for that 50 euros.) Seriously, the meat here will make your hubby happy. Vini da Gigio - very close to La Cantina - is also great for meat eaters.

If you want pizza with a good wine list, go to Antica Birreria La Corte in Campo San Polo.

Dec 01, 2012
Shannon in Italy

Spending 12 Days in Rome, Venice, Florence & Bologna for 25th Anniversary

With 17 people in Venice, and over the Grand Canal from Santa Lucia, I would make reservations at Ae Oche on the other side of the Scalzi Bridge from your hotel (in other words, on the Santa Lucia side.) It is not going to be "authentic" or glamorous, but they have good pizza and pasta and they can easily seat 17 people.
http://www.aeoche.com/index_flash.htm
(You want the one at Cannaregio 158. It is very reasonable and lots of locals eat there.

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I love Antica Birreria La Corte that Jen Kalb mentions above, but it is in Campo San Polo (not Campo San Toma) - they can also do large parties. It would be better to take the vaporetto to Rialto and walk rather then try to navigate that many people down from the train station area. Other places I know can do that large of a group are Muro near the Frari and Taverna San Trovaso, both quite reasonable (unless someone gets crazy with the fish at Muro particularly) but with both of these you'd need to take the vaporetto....

Dec 01, 2012
Shannon in Italy