December 2019

A Recent Favorite | California09 Dec 2019 05:35 pm

Owner/chef Anthony J. Miceli has created an idyllic spot in the redwoods near Woodacre (the location of Spirit Rock).

The outdoor patio is beautiful, service is great, and prices are reasonable.

The cooking here is exceptional – another carbonara masterpiece. Salmon dishes are a specialty; salads are fresh with local ingredients, and meat dishes cooked to perfection.  Also great for a sandwich or bowl of soup.

625 San Geronimo Valley Drive

San Geronimo, CA


A great place to stop by on way to Point Reyes.

A Recent Favorite | California | San Rafael09 Dec 2019 05:20 pm

This is one of our San Rafael favorites. Great food and great circuses (worth the visit for the circuses).

We had lunch in between film festival viewings – my chilaquiles were authentic and delicious. Too many items to review here, but plenty for the carnivore and vegetarian. The owner’s distinct style is imprinted everywhere (check out the framed family recipes which are at the heart of their success).

We will return as this is a special place.

1025 C Street

San Rafael, CA 94901



A Recent Favorite | Chicago | Italian09 Dec 2019 05:07 pm

This BYOB gem features great Italian cooking with a Spanish influence.

Let’s start with their carbonara – al dente pasta with a light pancetta sauce which sticks beautifully to the bronze cut pasta. The fried calamari is lightly breaded – just as good as any I had in Cagliari (town in Sardinia). The lasagna was light with a rich tomato sauce (reminded us of the Cinque Terra lasagna). The broiled shrimp with side Caesar Salad was also a hit (get the double portion of shrimp for two to share). The $10 Caesar Salad is worth the visit.

Owner Vittorio is the chef and he knows what he is doing.

Don’t be fooled by this obscure spot near Lawrence and Western – in my opinion their quality meets even Spiagia standards at very affordable prices.

5019 North Western Avenue

Street parking – no valet

Chicago, IL 60626