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OK here is my take of this new Family Pizza place that just opened up in Santa Barbara.

Location: Hard to find parking on Ortega Street. I had to park in the Public Garage in the Paseo Nuevo Lot. (cost me an extra $1.50.

Ambiance: Warm and inviting. I felt as if I was in either NY, NJ, or Philly.I love the natural brick on the back wall and the dark wood and low hanging light fixtures.

Service: Fast and efficient. Wasn’t very crowded when I was there so we got our order within 10 to 15 minutes after placing it!

Menu: Simple choice. Not to many things to choose from, I like that about this place.

The Food: My first thumbs up, besides the $5.00 glass of Chianti, good for the budget, was the Meatball Sliders. I ordered the Turkey sliders and they came on a house made bun, very good. The Turkey meat balls were very flavorful, had a nice crunch to them and the seasoning and red sauce on them was just enough.

I ordered the 14″ pizza with 3 toppings, Artichokes, olives, and mushrooms, (I also ordered a side of anchovies, Love them) It came out of the oven hot and the cheese was bubbling. The crust had a nice crunch to it. Not too doughy. They cut the round pizza into squares, just like the original Sicilian pizza that my Nonna made at home for us. I liked this cut, however I still did not understand why they did not make the pizza in a 1/4 inch baking sheet. I need to ask them the next time I go.

My surprise was that when I asked the woman behind the counter, who was making most of the pizzas where her family was from in Italy, she replied, “Dublin”.( Laugh) They are all Irish! Who knew? In any event, I will be back for more and tell my friends about it.

It was worth the trip. I wish them all the luck be it Irish or Italian as long as they keep flying the Red, White, and Green flag out front!




I will post my opinion of the places I eat as well as a brief location.

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Today I made my very tasty home made Ricotta Cheese. I will now use the Ricotta I made to fill some cannoli shells I just bought at the Italian Market. Let me know if anyone would like the recipe. I will e-mail it to you. OK. SING COOK EAT ENJOY!