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St. Robert's birthday at All Italiana Restaurant

Sunday afternoon we celebrated my brother in law Robert’s birthday at All Italiana Restaurant in La Mesa

We call him St. Robert because he’s stayed married to my sister for 30 plus years. He is a quiet, very patient man.


The restaurant is located on a side street and can be easily missed if you aren’t looking for it. We have had a couple of family gatherings there and they have been more than accommodating to our large boisterous group.


We had a very nice meal. A few ordered the lunch special for two which consists of antipasto, soup or salad, chicken parmesan, green beans, pasta, dessert and coffee.
Stan and daughter Vicky had the special.


Fabulous tomato basil soup. The cup is rimmed with finely diced, dried basil


Lunch special of chicken Parmesan, green beans and pasta


We asked for garlic bread, when the bread was delivered we were told it was made special for us.
Special is an understatement, it was outstanding.
One was made with marinara sauce and the other with cheese and pesto. I can’t begin to tell how great it was. I was ready to forego my meal and eat just the bread,Special_garlic_bread

they brought out 4 plates of this for us.
I had a dinner salad and pasta carbonara, Pinot Grigio and Vicky had an Italian beer.
I think this was the first time I've ever had pasta carbonara, it was delicious. I can't wait to try it other places and do some comparing.


After dinner we had espresso

We milled around and visited



and the smokers retired outside


The owners were nice enough to let me photograph them. Ladies, the one on the right is single ;-)


He can be found at

All Italiana Restaurant
8356 Allison Ave
La Mesa, CA 91941