Dine with Allan Borgen and crew (and Dine 909) at the next Grub Club

Reservations are now being taken for the first Let’s Dine Out Grub Club event of 2013.

The group dining-out experience will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, February 24, at Napoli Italian Restaurant, 24960 Redlands Blvd., Loma Linda.

Cost is $25 per person, which includes a multi-course dinner (featuring a trio of appetizers, salad, a pair of pastas, a selection of entrées, sides and a couple of homemade desserts), soft drinks (beer and wine are available for additional cost), tax and gratuity.

You definitely won’t go home hungry!

We’re excited because it’s going to be our very first Grub Club event (and hopefully not the last)!

Reservations are a must, since these popular events often sell out.

For more information, or if you want to reserve your spot to join Allan Borgen, Jeff Williams and the rest of the Let’s Dine Out crew (and us) simply click here.

Head over the jump to check out the full menu.

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Want free pizza for a year? Get in line!

The Rancho Cucamonga Carino’s Italian has expanded its bar area and is focusing on cheap eats and drinks.

Johnny’s Italian American Bar is celebrating its grand opening from 4 p.m. to midnight tonight (January 10).

The first 100 guests in line at 4 p.m. will get free pizza for a year.

Other grand opening specials include 25 cent wings and half-price pizzas.

The bar boasts 200 beers at just $2 each.

Johnny’s is at 12240 Foothill Blvd., Rancho Cucamonga.

Black Friday weekend deal from Macaroni Grill: Buy one entrée, get one free

We found another deal for you Black Friday shoppers (and others): Romano’s Macaroni Grill is offering a buy-one-entrée-get-one-free coupon.

The coupon is good through Sunday (November 25).

Click here for the coupon, which you can either print out or display on your mobile device.

Inland Empire Macaroni Grill locations include Redlands, Montclair, Corona and Temecula.

Maggio’s Pizza hosting fundraiser for trails foundation tonight

Maggio’s Pizza, 42160 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake, is hosting a “Pizza and Pizzazz” fundraiser for the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight (May 1).

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are $15 ($10 for kids 13 and under) for all-you-can-eat pizza and all-you-can-drink soft drinks. Beer and wine are available at an additional cost.

As you may have guessed from the name, the event will also include pizzazz, aka entertainment.

Gourmet Pizza Shoppe offering a four-pack of Groupon deals

You’ve got ’til midnight tonight to snag one of four Groupon deals put out by Dine 909 favorite The Gourmet Pizza Shoppe.

Choose from a three lunch card, dinner for two, dinner for four or a party pack for six.

Prices start at only $13 and top out at $40 for the party pack, all representing a savings up to about 56%.

We’re talking seriously good deals on seriously good pizza, folks!

You can purchase one for yourself, and up to two more as gifts, but you can only redeem one per table.

You’ve got until October 17 to redeem.

Head over the jump to see the specifics.
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135 East Italian Bistro and Martini Lounge celebrating grand opening Saturday

We had a great time at the Taste of the Pomona Valley last night at the Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center.

One of the new eateries we sampled from was 135 East Italian Bistro and Martini Lounge, which is at 135 E. Second St., Pomona.

They had a selection of lasagne and meatballs at the event. I really enjoyed the meat-lovers lasagna…it was delicious!

We found out that the restaurant (formerly Angelo’s) will be celebrating a grand opening from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday (April 14).

DJ Danny will provide the music and they will have an open buffet, so you can try the delicious lasagna for yourself. You could even order one (or more) of their 135 varieties of martinis.

For more information, visit their website, Facebook page or follow ’em on Twitter.

Second-best pizza in the world available at A.J. Barile’s Chicago Pizza in Yucaipa


A.J. Barile’s Chicago Pizza has done it again!

In 2010 and 2011, Chef Paul Duran took first place in the western U.S. traditional pizza division during the International Pizza Challenge at the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas.

This year, it was Al Piser’s 18-year-old daughter, Joleen, who took home the award.

Joleen won first place in the western U.S. non-traditional pizza division during this year’s challenge, held last week.

During the finals, she took second overall.

This is her first year of competition.
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La Verne’s Charlie’s Italian Cafe gets Kitchen Nightmares airdate

Followers of this blog might remember back in October of last year when La Verne restaurant Charlie’s Italian Cafe was overhauled as part of the Chef Gordon Ramsay’s Fox reality show, Kitchen Nightmares.

Ramsay and his crew worked with restaurant staff for a week (and beyond) to root out any problems in the restaurant’s operations in an attempt to revive it.

The intensive week culminated in a dinner service featuring a trimmed-down menu and a remodeled dining area. Dine 909 was invited to be a part of this special dinner.

The transformation process was captured on tape for airing at a later date.

We now have that date: 8 p.m., February 17 on Fox.

The restaurant will be closed that day so that the staff can enjoy the premiere with a private event.

Explains Charlie’s owner Tatiana Leiva, “I’m excited for the episode to air and to finally relive the experience I went through. I want people to see the passion I have for my restaurant and understand why I have been able to fall in love with the food and ambiance all over again. It was a necessary journey I will never regret and I hope I can make Chef Ramsay proud!”

If you want to prepare for the episode, you can experience Charlie’s for yourself.

The restaurant, 2445 Foothill Blvd., is open from 5 to 9 p.m. nightly except Mondays. Call the restaurant at 909-392-3734 for reservations.

You can watch previous episodes of Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares by clicking here.

Update: The episode is available here for Hulu Plus subscribers and will available for all later this week. It’ll also be available on Fox’s website here (although you can unlock it now by entering your cable/satellite subscription info).

Dine 909’s adventures in (un)reality television


That’s the best word I can use to describe it.

To be sitting in a smallish restaurant in a nondescript strip mall in La Verne.

And having camera crews roaming the restaurant, and Chef Gordon Ramsay running in and out of the kitchen and through the dining area.

Yes — the Chef Gordon Ramsay — the notoriously short-tempered British culinary and television star.

The dinner took place at Charlie’s Italian Cafe on the final day of filming for Ramsay’s Fox reality show, Kitchen Nightmares.
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Cici’s Pizza finally coming to Corona

Last month, I wrote about the opening of the Corona Cici’s Pizza getting a last-minute delay.

Well, delay no more! The Corona Cici’s will open at 11 a.m. on Monday (September 26).

The first 100 customers to purchase an adult buffet will receive a free buffet every month for a year.

Also, the company is distributing hundreds of wallets around town that contain coupons for a free buffet, a $5.49 value.

The new Cici’s Pizza is at 591 McKinley St., Suite 103, formerly home to a Pizza Factory.

And to think at one time I was bemoaning the fact that, despite heavily advertising in the area, there were no locations locally, and now we’ll have three.

Pizza currently has locations in Chino Hills (4200 Chino Hills Parkway,
Suite 890) and Murrieta (29910 Murrieta Hot Springs Road, Suite S).