Sergio's Restaurant - Granada Hills, Review
It was too hot to cook on Saturday, so we decided to try find a new italian place to go to and tried Sergio's in Granada Hills.
The place looks like it has been there awhile, inside it was a few booths and tables all of which are old and worn and the air conditioner wasn't working that well, but we were hungry and there.
Luckily, the food was good. Its your basic red sauce italian food, they do have chicken marsala, cioppino and the like, but its mostly all recognizable italian dishes.
We got the full dinner instead of the ala carte -- this option added $3.95 to the price of the entree but included salad, garlic bread, dessert and either iced tea or coffee (I don't think soft drinks were included, but I am not sure).
The salad was a trip to their small salad bar which wasn't huge, but was adequate. In addition to the basic generic lettuce, tomato and cuke, it had a pasta salad with garlic and basil that was tasty and a marinated cucumber salad that I enjoyed alot. Their italian dressing tasted like it was homemade, and I used the rest of my garlic bread to sop it up.
I got the eggplant parmigiana ($10.75) which had the added bonus of having ricotta and sliced mushrooms stacked between the layers. It was very good, not greasy and the eggplant slices were thick enough that you can taste the eggplant. I don't like eggplant parm where the slices are so thin, you can't tell its eggplant. It came with a side of penne. The sauce had a nice tomato flavor and was good, nothing spectacular or mind blowing, but good. There was enough food that I got a second meal out of this.
My friend got the Manicotti ($10.50) which were two very long tubes stuffed with ricotta and herbs and had melted mozarella on top. The menu said the filling had fluffy cheese, and it was, somehow the filling was fluffy. That was also very good and had enough for leftovers.
Dessert options with the full dinner were I believe just ice cream, and there was a choice of spumoni, sherbet, vanilla and capuccino. I opted for the capuccino and it was a nice relief on a hot day and had a very nice coffee flavor.
I also noticed they had early bird specials. If you dine between I believe 3 pm and 7 pm, the prices for quite a few items are reduced several dollars and include the full dinner option.
The most expensive item on the menu is the cioppino at $16.50. Most veal dishes run $13.95, shrimp dishes $14.50. For the early bird special I think the veal dishes were only $11.95 and that included the full dinner option.
The service was good and the food was very tasty and satisfying. I'm definitely going back. It reminded me of small mom and pop italian restaurants back east.
11908 Balboa Blvd.
Granada Hills, CA 818-360-7223.
Its in the plaza next to How's Market.
I used to live around the corner from the Chatsworth location and frequented often. Good consistent food at that location. The best thing on the menu is the Chicken a la Sergio with fresh mushrooms, artichokes and a creamy, rich sauce, very tasty. Also love their plain cheese pizza...very very good.
I agree with you Wes. Have you tried the cheese pie at Sergio's Chatsworth? It's very good and is now my favorite pizza in the Valley since Uncle Mike's went south when the new owners took over. Mike's crispy crust, very light marinara sauce and cheese was incredible and he refused to give me his source other than it was brought in from Chicago....oh man I miss that stuff and him...what a character!
My folks live less than a mile from there, but have never been in.
A while back it was a different Italian place ... Antonio's, I think. I took my dad there once and he ordered a meat ball sub and they were out of meat balls. An Italian place without meat balls? I know, weird.
So, he never went back. Even when it switched to the new name.
I'm gonna have to tell them to go back. And my (retired) folks do indeed like the early bird specials.
It sounds like you're talking about Sergio's in Chatsworth, not Granada Hills, on Devonshire at Owensmouth. The place HAS been there awhile (been going there with my dad since I was a kid), and is great for a casual homemade-tasting Italian dinner. The pizza is also really good, as are most of the chicken dishes.