By Allan Borgen
Sal & Sons Pizza and Pasta is a neat, family owned pizzeria that offers a variety of salads, sandwiches, pasta and pizzas at very reasonable prices. There is nothing fancy about Sal & Sons. After ordering and paying for your food at the front counter, your food arrives on black plastic plates with plastic utensils but considering the delicious food that is served here, I can live with plastic—and you can too.
Owner Vinny Ancona was born into a family that has been in the pizza business for over 40 years and he really knows how to please his loyal customers, (including me) with his unique family recipes.
Let’s start with the unique Pepperoni Rolls. This appetizer features eight slices of pepperoni and mozzarella cheese rolled up in pizza dough, baked and sliced into pinwheel shapes. It is simple, delicious and is served with a bold flavored marinara sauce. Then there is the Sicilian Godfather Sandwich, a huge sandwich on a large roll stuffed with slices of capocollo, mortadella, dry Italian salami, pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, lettuce tomatoes, onions and Italian dressing. Talk about one huge and delicious sandwich!
From the pasta side of the menu, try the Pasta al Diavolo. It’s a nice portion of mostaccioli pasta sautéed in a hot and spicy red cream sauce with sliced Italian sausage (you can also have it with chicken or eggplant). The sauce has a nice spicy kick to it and pairs perfectly with the Italian sausage. Another winning pasta plate is the Angel Hair al Pomodoro, a simple yet delicious combination of angel hair pasta sautéed with olive oil, fresh garlic, basil and tomatoes. It’s a lovely dish that is light and full of wonderful flavors bursting with each mouthful.
If you enjoy Lasagna, you must try it here—it’s made with layers of wide pasta sheets topped with ricotta, mozzarella cheese and smothered with a robust meat sauce (for those vegetarians out there, substitute for a rich marinara sauce instead). All pastas come with garlic bread or house Italian cheese bread.
For those pizza lovers out there, the Vinny’s Monster Pizza is a great choice. This hefty creation features slices of pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, olives, pineapple, salami, bell peppers, Canadian bacon, tomatoes, onions, sweet crunchy cashews, ground beef with tomato sauce and mounds of mozzarella cheese all topped on tasty medium-thick pizza dough crust. Saying it’s a mouthful is an understatement—but I love this pizza!
Next came the unique Pizza Roll, pizza dough stuffed with mozzarella cheese, marinara or meat sauce and your choice of veggies, sausage, pepperoni or just about any other meat they offer. This item is similar to a Stromboli, and is absolutely a show stopper.
Another unique item on the menu was the Bread Bowl Salad, a freshly baked bread bowl filled with lettuce, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and your choice of one meat and one veggie choice added to the mix. The salad was substantial but I love the idea of the salad as an edible bread bowl and definitely look forward eating it again.
In closing, Sal & Sons has amazing affordable prices, delicious homemade food and nice portions, all of these benefits contribute to a great culinary gathering for those yearning for some mighty fine Italian food.
Sal & Sons Pizza & Pasta, 1520 N. Mountain Ave., Ontario, (909) 984-2300; www.salandsons.com. AE, D, MC, V.
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