Come 2011, there’ll be more to love at the Gourmet Pizza Shoppes in Redlands and Yucaipa/Calimesa.
16.67% more, actually.
That’s because the Dine 909 Favorite will be open seven days a week.
The Redlands store had traditionally been closed on Mondays, while the Yucaipa/Calimesa location was closed on Tuesdays.
Both stores will be closed Friday and Saturday during the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s.
Gourmet Pizza Shoppes are at 120 E. State St., in Redlands and at 13661 Calimesa Blvd. in Yucaipa.
Today (October 25) is World Pasta Day, which was designated by the (U.S.) National Pasta Association, the Union des Associations des Fabricants de Ptes Alimentaires de la Communaut conomique Europenne (Union of Organizations of Manufacturers of Pasta Products in the European Economic Community), or Un.A.F.P.A. for short, and the associations of Venezuela and Turkey.
Nothing like tooting your own horn, huh?
The goals of World Pasta Day, according to the Un.A.F.P.A., is as follows:
- On 25th October of each year, the world over, World Pasta Day is celebrated in the form of events and promotional initiatives in different countries of the world.
- The objective of World Pasta Day is to draw the attention of the media and consumers to pasta. Communication should underline the fact that pasta is a global food, consumed in all five continents, having unquestionable merits, appropriate for a dynamic and healthy life style capable of meeting both primary food requirements and those of high-level gastronomy.
- Every country celebrates World Pasta Day in absolute autonomy, while respecting a global strategy, and making use of the official logo of the event;
- The key messages, recurring in the various communication initiatives, emphasize the economic feasibility, gastronomic versatility and nutritional value of pasta.
Great. But how does this affect you?
And indeed it is.
CiCi’s Pizza Buffet has lowered their price yet again from $4.99 to $3.99 beginning today and lasting until October 3.
It’s part of their continuing 25th anniversary celebration.
CiCi’s finally landed in Chino Hills earlier this year after bombarding for years with their TV and radio ads.
(There will at some point in the uture be two CiCi’s in the Inland Empire, as their website lists a Coachella location under their “coming soon” listings.)
I’ve been to the Chino Hills location a couple of times and found it to be a great bargain for the price. I may take a trip out there to take advantage of this deal.
The Chino Hills CiCi’s is at 4200 Chino Hills Parkway.
So I went to Ontario International Airport on Monday to pick up a friend who was returning from a weekend in Las Vegas.
We had talked earlier about going to lunch at either Ontario Mills or Victoria Gardens after I picked him up. I suggested going to Paisano’s in Victoria Gardens, since I haven’t had a chance to visit them since they relocated there from their north Fontana location earlier this year.
Turns out that was an excellent choice.
With the move and all, it’s probably been about a year since I’d been to Paisano’s.
The food doesn’t seem to have changed at all, and that’s a very good thing.
After hearing the news that AJ Barile’s Chicago Pizza took first place in the western U.S (and fifth in the world!) at the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas earlier this year, I’d been wanting to try them
This past Friday, I finally got a chance to do so.
Was it the best pizza I’ve ever had?
Um…not quite. But it was very good.
Let’s get this out of the way: When you think of Chicago pizza, you think of thick crust, deep dish pies, right? AJ Barile’s has thin crust.
But, oh, what a crust!
Italian food lovers in the west side of the Inland Empire have two more choices for fine dining…one old and one new.
First up is the wonderful Paisano Ristorante Italiano, which used to be in north Fontana and has relocated to Victoria Gardens.
Their re-opening was delayed by a few months, but they’ve open for about a month now, and from what I hear, the new restaurant is more elegant than the last.
Dine 909 loved Paisano’s in its old incarnation, but we have yet to visit the Rancho Cucamonga restaurant.
If you want to check it out for yourself, it’s at 12574 North Main Street, near the entrance to the AMC Theatres. It’s in the spot formerly occupied by Sisley Italian Kitchen.
OK, after hearing and seeing the ads for years, and just over a year after writing a blog post questioning the advertising of something that wasn’t available in this state, the curiosity was just too much.
I finally tried CiCi’s Pizza.
I happened to be in L.A. doing a little CD shopping and planned to stop on my way back in Chino Hills and check out the recently opened pizza buffet.
For the price, it can’t be beat, especially now. (More on that later.)
Do they have the best pizza I’ve ever had?
No, but some of their varieties are actually pretty tasty.
After pestering us for years with local television and radio spots, we’re finally getting a CiCi’s Pizza within driving distance.
CiCi’s Pizza Buffet will open Monday (February 15) in Chino Hills, at 4200 Chino Hills Parkway.
The buffet will normally cost just $4.99, but if you happen to be one of the first 100 people in line on Monday, you’ll receive free buffets for a year!
The announcement of the new 4,800 square foot restaurant comes nearly a year to the day since a certain blog post lamenting the barrage of advertising and complete lack of restaurants within California was written.
Of course, since then things have changed. The Chino Hills restaurant will be the third in the state, following a CiCi’s Pizza Buffet in San Diego and a CiCi’s Pizza To Go in Gardena.
CiCi’s offers 18 varieties of pizza, including specialty pizzas such as Buffalo chicken, BBQ, Mexican pizza Ol, spinach Alfredo and macaroni and cheese.
Besides pizza, the buffet also features pastas, salad and desserts. In addition to the buffet, CiCi’s will sell single-topping 15″ take-out pizzas for $4.99.
I’m still a little curious to check it out, but for $4.99 for all you can eat, I can tell you I’m not expecting much.
According to Joy Juedes’ article appearing in The Sun today, the Redlands location of the Old Spaghetti Factory (in the old Babe’s Slim PigN’s building at 1635 Industrial Park Ave.) will open December 7.
That’s about a week earlier than previously announced.
It’ll be the third Inland Empire location for OSF, after Riverside and Rancho Cucamonga.
Apparently, they can only build in cities that begin with the letter ‘R.’
Click here to read Joy’s article.
Tomorrow (November 17), the Original Graziano’s Italian Restaurant and Bar is hosting a fundraiser for Saint Peter and Saint Paul school in Rancho Cucamonga.
The event will take place from opening to closing at the restaurant, 1615 N. Mountain Ave. (at 16th Street).
All you need to do is mention the school and Graziano’s will donate 20% of your purchase to the school.