Forty years and still going strong; that's the story at Etna Pizza Restaurant on El Cajon Blvd., a cozy, old-world Sicilian place famous for their incredible calzones. Owner Diah Askar made some great changes recently including hiring long-time restaurant pro and Chef Tommy Sardina as GM. He in turn is creating excitement with alluring specials and a soon to come redesign of the menu.
Etna was the first local restaurant to offer delivery, way back in the "60s and still does. It also stays open till 2 a.m. weekdays and 3 a.m. weekends. In addition to their coupon in this section, there are plenty of good reasons to come in. Tonight and every Thursday is dinner for Two for $39.95. It features one appetizer choice, salad bar, any entrée on the menu per person and one dessert. (Note: you need to buy two beverages). Also on Thursdays enjoy half-price wines.
For lunch, served from 11 a.m., they have a $5 special that includes a choice of a 10" pizza, a 10" sandwich or any pasta topped with marinara or meat sauce. For another $1.95 you can add the nice little salad bar. On Monday nights they offer a 2-for-1 deal with the coupon.
You'll love the menu; the choices are extensive. And if you love calzones, you've come to the right place. For appetizers you can go for Calamari Fritti, Wings, Bruschetta, Pomodoro, Caprese (fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, tomatoes, fresh basil, olive oil and balsamic). Then for your entrees the best of the best has to be Etna's famous lasagna, the classic stuffed shells and jumbo lobster ravioli are also among the baked pastas. The there's an entire page dedicated to pastas where you pick your favorite noodle, then add the sauce of your choice: Tequila Lime/Jalapeno, Cinque Formaggi (five-cheese sauce), La Gorgonzola, A La Vodka, Spicy Antonio and several others.
Etna knows how to make outstanding chicken dishes. We suggest chicken Repieno (stuffed breast with spinach, prosciutto, basil and Fontina cheese in light cream sauce) and chicken Toscana (pan-grilled breast topped with pecans, tomatoes, spinach, garlic, gouda cheesed and Marsala sauce).
For seafood lovers there's the jumbo shrimp alfredo, salmon con penne and linguine with clams. Most entrees come with soup or salad and other extras. And don't forget the pizzas! For dessert try the homemade cheesecake or chocolate cake. Find Etna at 4427 El Cajon Blvd. (619-280-9770)
By Wolfgang D. Verkaaik
(Dining and Entertainment Coordinator)