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Chicago Pasta House review (short)

WTW | Jul 19, 200403:49 PM

So it was about 100 degrees or more in the Inland Empire this Sunday when I decided to go see the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes and try some of CPH's famous stuffed pizza.

To reverse things, the baseball game was quite fun despite the fact that the Quakes lost. Part of the fun, of course, was having good food beforehand.

So... we decided to skip any appetizers and just went for their special. I can't stand onions. The hubby likes 'em. So we had onions on half. In a word: YUM. Not quite as good as the Gino's East pizza I had years ago. But quite tasty. I thought the garlic was a touch on the strong side and the tomato sauce a touch on the sweet side but I was pleased. I might have added some more crushed tomatoes but, then again, I didn't have to slave away near a pizza oven in the middle of the summer.

A slice and a half was adequate for each of us and we'll probably get 2+ more meals out of the pizza. (We ordered the large and stuck the leftovers in a cooler. We came prepared. ;-) )

The piece de resistance, however, was the cannoli. We split one for dessert. It was probably the best cannoli I've had on the west coast. The shell was crispy and crumbly in just the right way. The cheese filling had chocolate chips. There were two maraschino cherries on each end (I'm allergic to cherries so the hubby got a double dose). Mmmmm.... I'd seriously go back for the cannoli alone!

All in all, worthwhile to go 20/30 minutes out of your way if you're headed to the Inland Empire. Might be worthwhile as a stop on the way to Vegas. Definitely worthwhile if you're ever seeing somebody in Riverside.

As a side note, their air conditioning was powerful without being overbearing.

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