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Café Mare, Santa Cruz - Restaurant Review

Café Mare, Santa Cruz - Restaurant Review

I hate restaurant reviews that breathlessly announce that Restaurant Whatever is a “hidden gem.” Basically, this is a humble brag, demonstrating that the reviewer knows more than you do, is more plugged into the restaurant scene, and is being magnanimous enough to share with you what he’s learned in his exciting, glamorous restaurant life. Café(…)

Published On: Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
La Posta, Santa Cruz - Restaurant Review

La Posta, Santa Cruz - Restaurant Review

We tried out La Posta on Oscar night, 2014. Maybe, as Patrick O’Brian put it in one of his novels, I’m turning into a cantankerous old dog rather than being a friendly young one, but the entire self-congratulatory Oscar spectacle leaves me cold and more than a little annoyed. I don’t care what some actor(…)

Published On: Saturday, March 8th, 2014
Bella Roma, Capitola - Restaurant Review

Bella Roma, Capitola - Restaurant Review

Capitola is a little seaside resort town that’s kind of an extension of Santa Cruz. Downtown Capitola, such as it is, is wedged into a tiny little spit of land extending into Monterey Bay. It’s a mini-maze of little streets, which are jammed with souvenir shops, restaurants, bars and other establishments that sell things that(…)

Published On: Thursday, November 21st, 2013
Abitino

Abitino's Pizzeria - A quick review

They claim that they make the only pizza which is worth eating. In a city like New York making this claim needs a certain degree of confidence and a certain degree of wickedness. Yes, you need to be wicked because you are undermining all others in one stroke. A ‘blink-and-you’ll-miss-it’ kind of a place, you(…)

Published On: Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
Pizza and Curry, Fremont, CA- Review

Pizza and Curry, Fremont, CA- Review

Not your typical pizzeria, Pizza and Curry offers food inspired by the fusion of Italian and Indian cuisines. My first reaction upon hearing about this pizza joint was bewilderment, a reaction that I’d wager is shared by many. But that was quickly followed by the epiphany that this concept has the potential to be a(…)

Published On: Monday, September 16th, 2013
La Casa Nostra - Serious Italian Food

La Casa Nostra - Serious Italian Food

  If you drive North up Route 9 out of Santa Cruz, one of the first towns you come to is Ben Lomen. Tucked into the redwoods on the southern slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains, this little town is a classic blink-and-you’ll-miss-it hamlet on the way to Big Basin, or Boulder Creek, or one(…)

Published On: Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
Zero Zero - Pizza in San Francisco, Restaurant Review

Zero Zero - Pizza in San Francisco, Restaurant Review

With a historic Pride Festival going on and quite possibly the best weather the city has ever seen in June, what better place to spend this Sunday than San Francisco. I’ve been on the hunt for the best pizza in the Bay Area for years, and Zero Zero was high on my list of places(…)

Published On: Monday, July 1st, 2013
Pizzaiolo - Learn to Enjoy Slow Cooked Food

Pizzaiolo - Learn to Enjoy Slow Cooked Food

What exactly happens behind these curtains which makes people stand for, sometimes, over an hour? That food and passion go hand in hand is absolutely true for this place. Orders are taken passionately, food is made passionately, food is served passionately to the extent that even tables are cleared passionately.  This is not a fast(…)

Published On: Monday, May 27th, 2013
Giorgio

Giorgio's Italian Food and Pizzeria, Milpitas

The Bay Area has quite a few Italian restaurants. Actually, each of the 12 odd cities have at least two good Italian places from which to choose. Yesterday, we were told to choose between Macaroni Grill and Giorgio’s Italian Food & Pizzeria. It was a tough choice.  We had already experienced Macaroni Grill and would(…)

Published On: Thursday, May 23rd, 2013