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When custom pizza is what you’re after, try Project Pie in Hillcrest

Patrons customize their pizzas at Project Pie's counter. Photos by Kelley Carlson

By Kelley Carlson Project Pie is anything but cookie-cutter. One of Hillcrest’s newer restaurants, it presents a concept that’s unique to the area: Patrons customize personal-size pizzas “assembly line”-style, choosing as many toppings as they want for one set price. “What Chipotle does with burritos, we do with pizza,” founder and CEO James Markham explained. [...]

Project Pizza Signature No. 5

Ingredients • Mozzarella • Ricotta • Gorgonzola • Parmesan • Cracked black pepper • Olive oil • Garlic • Fresh chopped basil Note: All ingredients are to taste. Prepare the crust, brush with oil, and add the cheeses and garlic. Season with cracked black pepper. Bake according to the crust’s directions; garnish with basil.

Find Italian fare without the flight to Italy at Rosina’s

Pepperoni Repieni al Forno consists of baked banana peppers stuffed with sausage and herbs, topped tomato sauce and served with bruschetta. Photos by Kelley Carlson

The dining experience at Rosina’s Italian Restaurant gives guests a taste of owner Rosina Gangale’s home life. Set in a simple-yet-elegant space in Piazza Santaluz, the eatery is designed to be comfortable and welcoming to everyone, from couples and families indulging in an authentic Italian meal, to customers casually dropping in for a glass of wine. “You feel like you’re in my house,” Gangale said. “There’s no pretension here.”

Rosina Tomato Sauce

Rosina’s Tomato Sauce Ingredients • 2 cloves garlic • Olive oil • 16 oz. can crushed San Marzano tomatoes • Cooked pasta • Fresh parmigiano (to taste) • Basil (to taste) • Extra virgin olive oil (to taste) Cover the bottom of a pan in olive oil, and sautee garlic. Add can of San Marzano [...]

Ooh La La! The French Gourmet offers tradition-rich dishes in Pacific Beach

Guests enjoy dinner at The French Gourmet.   PHOTOS By Kelley Carlson

While known for its catering services and wedding cakes, The French Gourmet also operates an intimate restaurant that is a favored choice for romantic dates, special occasions and people generally seeking a quieter atmosphere. Simply decorated with a vineyard theme, it’s not pretentious — yet it’s still sophisticated. “It’s a place to celebrate,” owner Michel Malecot said.

The French Gourmet Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi Ingredients • 10 21/25 peeled, deveined and butterflied shrimp • Flour or corn starch (if gluten-free needed), seasoned with lemon pepper salt • 1 Tablespoon olive oil • 2 ounces butter • 3 cloves garlic, crushed in garlic press • 4 sprigs parsley, chopped • 1 ounce dry white wine • 1 ounce [...]

Poway’s Hamburger Factory is always a family affair

The Hamburger Factory has an eclectic mishmash of collectibles on the walls, from large plush bears and mounted animal heads to classic signage and random cooking utensils.

With an array of knickknacks on display and a bountiful menu, the Hamburger Factory offers a feast for the eyes (and stomach). Located in Old Poway Park, the Wild West-themed restaurant is a favored stop for diners of all ages.

Hamburger Factory’s Pulled Pork Skillet

Pulled Pork Skillet INGREDIENTS • 8 oz. cooked pulled pork • 2 large potatoes • 2 eggs, cooked any style • 1/8 cup diced red bell peppers • 1/8 cup diced green bell peppers • 1/8 cup diced onions • 2 4.5 oz cans diced green chiles (mild or hot) • 1/4 bunch of cilantro [...]

Sunset Suppers are at the ‘Cusp’ at Hotel La Jolla’s Cusp Dining & Drinks

The Sunset Supper menu allows guests to enjoy a special two-course prix fixe meal 5-6 p.m. daily at Cusp Dining & Drinks, located atop Hotel La Jolla. (Courtesy Photo)

There’s nothing quite like catching a sunset in La Jolla. However, what makes the experience even better is watching the sun drop behind the Pacific Ocean, glass of wine in hand, and enjoying a delicious meal. That’s exactly what you’ll find at Cusp Dining & Drinks, the 11th floor restaurant high atop Hotel La Jolla.

Stratford Court Café offers tasty escape from hustle and bustle

The patio is in a garden setting. Photos by Kelley Carlson

Just a block off bustling Camino del Mar in Del Mar is a calming oasis that’s nearly hidden from plain view, but well-known among the locals.

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