Cugino’s Italian Deli & Pizzeria

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I thought I would open the story about Cugino’s Italian Deli & Pizzeria with dessert.

I had another steaming cup of cappuccino created with a crema on top of steamed milk that was white and creamy and couldn’t believe how quickly it was brought out. How did they do it? Magic? No. Cugino’s has a Lavazza barista style coffee maker to go along with the amazing Lavazza coffee.

Mrs. Cugino, a wonderful, sweet short haired blonde lady always greets me with a kind smile and is so gracious. She made the best, lightest cannoli filled with a slightly sweet ricotta filling reminiscent of cinnamon and flavored with semi sweet chocolate chips.

The combination of the cappuccino and cannoli played a song in my mouth like a string orchestra.

Need I say more?

If every day began with a cup of coffee from Cugino’s, and that was all, it would be a great day.

But then there is lunch….and dinner too & at Cugino’s there are unlimited possibilities.

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Cugino’s Italian Deli & Pizzaria
http://www.cuginositalia.webs.com

Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
June 16th, 2014

I am new to Las Vegas, Nevada and moved from sunny southern California, where cool breezes abound with palm trees studding Pacific Coast Highway from Laguna Beach to Malibu.

I live in back of Cugino’s and on the first day I walked outside of the condo I am renting I saw the backside of the building with the words “Italian” and “Deli” emblazened on the back side. In my mind it was like a warm family welcome to my new neighborhood.

Wonderful positive memories flooded my mind when I entered the doors of Cugino’s Italian Deli & Pizzaria just walking distance from the cozy condo I now live in. To have such a pearl in my new neighborhood was like being right at “home.”

Only at Cugino’s do you have three brothers working with their father and mother-and uncle-making the most delicious homemade pizzas, deli sandwiches, cannoli, rice balls-arancini-full of mozzarella, Reggiano Parmesan Cheese, ricotta, with the prize of ground seasoned beef in the center with peas, fried with seasoned breadcrumbs and served alongside homemade marinara.

Can you taste a rice ball yet? I did. More than that the Cugino Family are wonderful people with a heritage with another family owned deli in New York that brought in thousands through the years.

They made their new home Las Vegas, Nevada in 2006 and I just sat there absorbing it all and looking at all the Italians, Italian-Americans, and people of all kinds love it all!
If it is Cento tomatoes you want, they have them. If it is the best imported Reggiano Parm you want, they have that, and mozzarella-all the best quality money can buy.

They also make their own ricotta every day and all the cannoli’s and cookies were baked with love, true to the good old Italian traditions.

Some of their specialties are:

Homemade Italian Sausage that look like works of art with interesting seasonings

Fresh Mozzarella
Fresh Italian Bread Baked Daily
Homemade Pizza Rustica
Homemade Italian Cookies
They also deliver to the Las Vegas, NV area with a minimum delivery of $15 at-702-895-7561

Amazingly open 7 days a week from 10am-8pm

Cugino’s serves every dish that you would get in a high end Italian restaurant. Dishes like:

Spaghetti with Meatballs or Italian Sausage

Manicotti

Lasagna-As a matter of fact, you can buy the fresh lasagna sheets here!

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I went with a special friend of mine yesterday and the two of us savored mellow but full bodied cups of cappuccino and hot black coffee made with Lavazza coffee from Italy. That was a delightful appetizer and followed we my friend ordered two of their specialty sandwiches: The Soprano and Donny’s Special.

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One sandwich is enough for two people with average appetites or even good ones!
I have lunch for today from the leftovers!

Just a sampling of the kind of sandwich you will get at Cugino’s

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Makes ya want to take a bite out of it, doesn’t it?

La Paloma A Unique Southwestern Dining Experience

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Exterior shot of La Paloma and photo of Paulette Motzko taken by Nick F. Belman

I moved to Vista, CA yesterday and the first thing I did when I arrived was research the best, most-bragged about, incredible restaurants in the area. I discovered La Paloma and walked about a mile or more to check it out.

From the terra cotta clay colored exterior with the welcoming trickling fountain to the warm and inviting dining rooms and bar- La Paloma is truly extraordinary.

I met Steven Holick the owner of La Paloma yesterday and saw him again today. Even though being busy with graduations yesterday and arranging tables for a large party, he made time for me. He graciously asked me what kind of dishes I loved and if I liked chicken or fish or beef or pork…or what my favorites were, and then ordered me a fantastic plate called “Rellenos de Mariscos” with lobster, shrimp, and clams robed in a rich Alfredo sauce and stuffed into poblano chilies.

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Paulette Motzko basking in the warm glow of the patio at La Paloma

When the dish arrived, it looked like “art on a plate that tastes good too.” The Rellenos de Mariscos came with black beans simmered with Merlot wine, which were worth every hour on the stove!

Today I enjoyed the Tamales de Pollo with two kinds of Mole-one lighter and zestier, and the other darker and more mild.

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Tamales de Pollo with Mole

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The Steven is Italian and he said he liked me because I am positive and a go-getter and a “black & white” kind of thinker like him. I am part Italian and French with a little Blackfoot Indian in me to make me mysterious….

So, stay tuned, there will be more written about La Paloma and how memorable the dishes are and why people drive from all over to San Diego County to taste their tempting fare.

Written by Paulette L Motzko
Photography by Paulette L Motzko
And Nick F Belman

Copyright June 2014

The next photos will be with my Nikon DSLR 24 MP camera.
These were shot with my Android MyTouch Q Smart Phone &
Nick F Belman’s Galaxy 4 Smart Phone.

Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Photography & Photo Editing by Paulette Le Pore Motzko

Copyright June 2014