Friday, January 11, 2013

New Pizzeria in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara favorite Ca Dario's has at last opened its pizzeria a few doors down and it's delicious. It opened mid December and I had heard multiple opinions about it (not all good...). I ventured in to find out what it was like for myself. I found a small space with few tables and a bar backed with loads of bottles of wine. The small kitchen with the intensely hot pizza oven is squished in the corner. A simple, straightforward menu was presented to us and I found it hard to choose what to order. On top of it, the prices were quite reasonable!
 Each dish was made from extremely fresh ingredients. The tomato sauce is super tomato-y and all ingredients, for that matter, taste strongly as they should. The simplicity is quite welcome and ever so the Italian way - fantastic ingredients paired perfectly. The Prosciutto Cotto pizza seen above with mushrooms, mozzarella, and fresh oregano was delicious. The dough is full of flavor and very thin.

The mozzarella, roasted eggplant, and tomato sauce appetizer is wonderful in its simplicity. Once again simply high quality ingredients treated with the respect they deserve.
And the pizza I will now be craving - the Napoletana - made with white anchovies. AMAZING. It is extremely simple, yes, but done perfectly to my palate's desires. Fresh, flavorful dough and tomato sauce. Bright capers and marinated white anchovies all in one bite equal a very satisfying pizza indeed.

Go for it! Try it out! It's a different pizza experience than the other delicious Italian pizza spot in SB so give it a chance and enjoy! Buon appetito!

Address: 37 East Victoria Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone:(805) 884-9419
Hours: Thursday hours 11:30 am–2:30 pm, 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Montecito Wine Bistro

The Montecito Wine Bistro is a new addition in the Pierre Lafond empire of Santa Barbara. The menu is full of trendy things like kale and quinoa, as well as classics in the world of pizza and Italian dishes. By the fire one is quite cozy in the rather large space. The wait staff is kind, but not very connected with you as the diner.
The chicken parmigiana I ordered was good, but not excellent. I found the chicken to be a bit dry and the entire thing a bit bland. However, this may just have been a bad choice on my part. My mother enjoyed the quinoa salad seen at the bottom. It had kale and all sorts of healthy goodies in it.
Good, straight forward food at Montecito prices is what you'll find here and that necessarily isn't a bad thing at all.

516 San Ysidro Road  Montecito, CA 93108
(805) 969-7520