It was too hot to cook on Saturday, so we decided to try find a new italian place to go to and tried Sergio's in Granada Hills.
The place looks like it has been there awhile, inside it was a few booths and tables all of which are old and worn and the air conditioner wasn't working that well, but we were hungry and there.
Luckily, the food was good. Its your basic red sauce italian food, they do have chicken marsala, cioppino and the like, but its mostly all recognizable italian dishes.
We got the full dinner instead of the ala carte -- this option added $3.95 to the price of the entree but included salad, garlic bread, dessert and either iced tea or coffee (I don't think soft drinks were included, but I am not sure).
The salad was a trip to their small salad bar which wasn't huge, but was adequate. In addition to the basic generic lettuce, tomato and cuke, it had a pasta salad with garlic and basil that was tasty and a marinated cucumber salad that I enjoyed alot. Their italian dressing tasted like it was homemade, and I used the rest of my garlic bread to sop it up.
I got the eggplant parmigiana ($10.75) which had the added bonus of having ricotta and sliced mushrooms stacked between the layers. It was very good, not greasy and the eggplant slices were thick enough that you can taste the eggplant. I don't like eggplant parm where the slices are so thin, you can't tell its eggplant. It came with a side of penne. The sauce had a nice tomato flavor and was good, nothing spectacular or mind blowing, but good. There was enough food that I got a second meal out of this.
My friend got the Manicotti ($10.50) which were two very long tubes stuffed with ricotta and herbs and had melted mozarella on top. The menu said the filling had fluffy cheese, and it was, somehow the filling was fluffy. That was also very good and had enough for leftovers.
Dessert options with the full dinner were I believe just ice cream, and there was a choice of spumoni, sherbet, vanilla and capuccino. I opted for the capuccino and it was a nice relief on a hot day and had a very nice coffee flavor.
I also noticed they had early bird specials. If you dine between I believe 3 pm and 7 pm, the prices for quite a few items are reduced several dollars and include the full dinner option.
The most expensive item on the menu is the cioppino at $16.50. Most veal dishes run $13.95, shrimp dishes $14.50. For the early bird special I think the veal dishes were only $11.95 and that included the full dinner option.
The service was good and the food was very tasty and satisfying. I'm definitely going back. It reminded me of small mom and pop italian restaurants back east.
11908 Balboa Blvd.
Granada Hills, CA 818-360-7223.
Its in the plaza next to How's Market.