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Mountain Views-News Saturday, April 20, 2024 



We are fast approaching on National Pizza 
Party Day, hey I thought everyday was a party!

If you have been around the area long enough 
you might remember a sporty little convertible 
with the license plate that read PizaZar, well, 
that was me I do love me some pizza. 

My Italian friend Joe from Monrovia and I 
trying to figure out who has the best and what 
type of pizza is the best after a few minutes 
of conversation we would not agree on deep 
dish, thin, thick, Chicago, New York or even 
deep dish. I know you have your favorites so 
dont hesitate to email me with the long list of contenders I forgot.

Peter Dills’ official favorites: Top Five and next in line… no official order

Little Toni’s North Hollywood

Domenico’s on Washington

Zelo’s on Foothill border of Monrovia

Casa Bianca Eagle Rock

Masa Pizza of Echo Park

Next Five no order of preference

U Street Pizza Pasadena

Prince St. Pizza Pasadena by the slice

Café Bambinos off the 210 (real Value)

Village Pizzeria Sierra Madre by the slice

Last but not least.. Drum Roll

Tomato Pie Pizza So Pasadena

Americans also have very strong opinions about their favorite Pizza.
So far this year, Pizza Hut is winning amongst popular pizza chains followed by Papa John’s and 


#1: Pizza Hut (31%) 
#2: Papa John’s (22%) 
#3: Domino’s (17%)

Also, consider these interesting facts about Pizza:

•Pizza ranks the #2 most popular fast food in America behind burgers. (43% of Americans
rank pizza as their favorite.)
•3% of Americans would rather eat pizza than have a boyfriend or girlfriend. 
•18% of Americans claim that Pizza is their favorite dish.
•2% don’t like eating Pizza
Just a note I’ve been to every spot on the list !! email me with your comments thechefknows@


I’m Gustavo Lira, Tasting Room 
Manager and Wine Buyer at The 
Bottle Shop in Sierra Madre with 
another wine and spirits selection. 

When you see a bottle of wine 
that has a screwcap on it, what do 
you initially think? Are you thinking it’s a cheap wine that probably tastes 
terrible? Unfortunately, there’s a lot of people that think that way. I’m here 
to tell you that wine bottles with screwcaps can bring you great pleasure and 
they’re friggin’ easy to open too. 

One of our best sellers throughout the years for inexpensive wine has 
been The Whole Shebang! Red Wine. It’s from Morgan Twain-Peterson 
and his team at Bedrock Wine Company. It’s an absolutely delicious blend 
of Zinfandel, Carignan, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Mataro, Mourvèdre, Alicante 
Bouschet and a bunch of other grape varietals – everything but the kitchen 
sink. These grapes are sourced from very old vineyards. They’re declassified 
grapes – which means they are grapes from premium vineyards intended 
for much higher priced wines – but used in this wine. Some of the vines are 
over 90 years old which adds concentrated flavor to the wine. The grapes are 
hand-picked, native yeast is used, and the aging is done in French oak barrels 
and stainless steel. There’s no oak chips or mega purple in this wine at all like 
other inexpensive wines tend to use in the production of their wines. 

You get ripe red fruit notes – but it’s not jammy or over ripe – with just 
enough acidity to keep the wine fresh and bright. Herbs, spice, and licorice 
come to mind. It’s got a nice lifting finish. It’s a versatile, easy drinking wine 
that will go well with bbq, pizza, grilled chicken, and burgers. 

Leave your doubts at the door. Embrace screwcaps. Embrace The Whole 
Shebang! You’ll be glad you did. 

This wine is available at The Bottle Shop for $14.99. Mention you saw the 
wine in the Mountain Views News and get it for $13.99

Until next time – Salud!

Upcoming Wine Tastings – Sunday April 21st – Great Wines Under $15. 
Thursday & Friday April 25 & 26 – Emerging Lodi Wines. 

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Kosher salt 

1/2 pound medium shell pasta 

1 cup chopped cooked steak 

1 cup diced green bell pepper 

1 cup chopped blanched green beans 

1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon 

1/4 cup mayonnaise 

1/4 cup sour cream 

1 tablespoon lemon juice 

1/4 teaspoon finely grated garlic 

3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese 

Freshly ground pepper


 Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook as the label directs; 
drain and rinse under cold water. Transfer to a large bowl.

Add the steak, bell pepper, green beans and bacon to the bowl with the pasta.

Make the dressing: Mix the mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, garlic, parmesan, and 
salt and pepper to taste in a bowl. Pour over the pasta salad and toss to coat. Season with 
salt and pepper. Chill for up to 3 hours.

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