Sunday, September 28, 2008
fine dining notes
A pal at work is of Iranian extraction, and we were discussing Persian food in the West Inland Empire. Darvish: okay. Falcon's Nest: deeply mediocre. Then she mentioned a third place I'd never heard of, and never would have tried: Giuseppe's Pizza, at 2433 N. Euclid.
There are two reasons I never would have tried Giuseppe's without her recommendation: Not only do we not try random pizza places (we don't eat that much pizza, so we wait for a friend to rave before we step outside our Eddie's comfort zone), but you would never in a million years know this place was there, unless you lived on Euclid.
You might not even know Giuseppe's was there if you drove past it; we had to turn around, go back, and carefully track the house numbers to find it. It's up in the section of foothills where all the streets are crazy circles, and it's tucked away in a residential neighborhood, across from an evangelical church.
It's definitely worth the drive. We're big fans of Persian food, and this was really good. They don't have the polos/pulaus (pilafs that have been duded up with green beans, barberries, or other things) that Darvish has, but they have all the meat and side dishes that you'd expect.
We split the appetizer platter (dolmas, hummus with eggplant stirred in, and cucumber-yogurt salad) and then split an order of koobideh (the chopped, spiced beef that's grilled on a sword). We should have split one dish, as the portions were huuuuuge. They were also delicious, so the biggest challenge is going to be getting my fair share of the leftovers.
The wine list is pretty poor, but that doesn't matter, because they actually have Sam Smith's Nut Brown Ale on the beer list, to our amazement. And with a mark-up of mere pennies.
The waitresses were very friendly and competent, although the hostess (who might have been the owner) was surly. Meg-Bob sez check it out.