Thursday, October 30, 2008

Alex DiPeppe's Spaghetti and Pizza House

Alex DiPeppe's Italian Restaurant
140-42 W. Las Tunas Drive
Arcadia, CA 91007
626-445-0544
Open Tuesday-Friday 11:00a-2:00p and 4:00p-10:00p
Saturday 4:00p-10:00p Sunday 4:00p-9:00p
Closed on Mondays


Alex DiPeppe's is a restaurant that I have been eating at since I was little kid and has remained one of my favorites. I can remember going there with my family, sitting down and having a great meal every time. This place has it all when it comes to Italian food, pizza, baked lasagna, pasta, and whole lot more. All the dishes are made after you order them so expect a little bit of wait. The wait is well worth it, trust me. The sauces for their dishes are made fresh and you can really taste the freshness in every bite. Some people might call this a hole in the wall but I would call it a grade A restaurant well worth seeking out and trying.

I personally had the pasta sampler platter that included a half order of baked lasagna and two choices of pasta, I choose to have penni and gnocchi all with meat sauce. This was also my first time having gnocchi and all I can tell you is that this dish was awesome. The pasta was perfectly cooked and the meat sauce was fresh and delicious. The gnocchi were excellent with the same meat sauce you couldn't ask for anything better. But the baked lasagna has been and will always be my favorite dish from Alex DiPeppe's. This lasagna is layered at least three layers thick with meat, cheese and sauce. Then they cover the lasagna with more cheese and bake the dish to melt all the cheese and give the cheese a just a bit of brown color. Baking the lasagna makes the cheese get that slight crisp texture like a nicely baked pizza. I have been to many other restaurants and have never had lasagna any better then at Alex Depeppe's.

There was a spaghetti ordered which looked awesome though I personally did not have any. The picture is of a half order of spaghetti. If that is a half order I can only imagine how large the whole order would be. Again the pasta was cooked to order and covered in a generous helping of the fresh pasta sauce they use.

What can be said about pizza that will get someone to really want it? I'm not sure but I can tell you that the pizza at Alex Dipeppe's is some of the best pizza I have ever had. The crust is hand tossed when you order the pie and loaded with fresh toppings. The pepperoni pizza is covered in fresh cheese and then topped with a quality pepperoni that just sets this pizza off into a different category. The pizzas are cooked perfectly and the all the cheese melted and the motzarella strings when you take a bite. A sign of a well made pizza in my opinion.

They also have a nice menu for vegetarians and people who want to eat lite. They have a spinach lasagna that looks amazing. I have yet to try this but I think the next time I go to Alex DiPeppe's I will be trying this dish.

Lastly we come to the desserts. Just like the rest of the menu the dessert menu was loaded with selections, I had the cannoli and the tiramisu. I personally hate coffee with a passion and would never drink the stuff so I was a little hesitent to try the tiramisu. But let me tell you, I am so glad I did even though it did have a faint coffee taste it, it was not overwhelming by any means. I was told that the tiramisu is made daily by the owners wife. This was by far my favorite dessert of the two. The cannoli was loaded with chocolate chips and sweetened just right. Both desserts were excellent but I would recommend trying the tiramisu even if you do not like coffee.

Overall Alex DiPeppe's will always hold a special place in heart and my stomach. Not only for the great food that it delivers to the tables every day but for the memories they have helped to form. This is truly one of the best family restaurants in the local area and well worth the drive if you are anywwhere close. The whole place has this vibe about it that you can not get in a chain restaurant, when you walk through the doors you really do feel like you are part of the Alex DiPeppe family. This is not something that can be taught or learned this is simply a sign of the owners dedication to presenting a quality establishment, and excellent Italian food.