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June 2023

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Tried and True Favorites DEANNA MURPHY, MANAGING EDITOR My husband and I are neither adventurous eaters nor food snobs. Whether we're having a casual night out or celebrating a big milestone, we look for places that we've found consistently deliver fabulous food with excellent service in a great setting. is can also make us pretty predictable, not just with where we go but often down to what we order, but we always leave happy. And really, shouldn't that always be the goal? Buona Forchetta first stole my heart when I learned of Matteo, the Buona Forchetta family of restaurants' South Park establishment that donates 100 percent of its profits to child- and family-focused local charities. en, Buona Forchetta's delicious pizzas became a highlight when pandemic lockdowns turned take-out into a true act of grace. Now, date night is almost always assumed to be there, where an attentive waitstaff always gives us proficient service without hovering, the beer and wine list never disappoints, and the cioppino is always top-notch to the very last spoonful. buonaforchettasd.com Few things are as wholly satisfying as sitting on e Pony Room's patio, sipping a craft cocktail and sharing small plates as the sunset glows orange behind the trees at the AAA Five Diamond, Forbes Five-Star Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa. Here's a place where the tacos, in my opinion, are a clear winner, but the menu Indulge dining The Pony Room

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