Little Caesars recently debuted a Soft Pretzel Crust Pepperoni Pizza. I usually see a lot of advertisements before these new items come out, but I surprisingly didn’t hear anything about this one until I started seeing reviews.

The reviews I read were pretty positive and at only $6 a pie, I thought it was worth a try.

When I first opened my box, I was disappointed in the appearance. With a quick glance, it does look like a soft pretzel crust, but it was quite flat, with the crust edges barely rising above the rest of the pizza. I imagined something puffier.

My crust was also uneven in appearance. One side looked very much like a soft pretzel, but the other half of the pizza had a much more wrinkled crust that didn’t look anything like a soft pretzel.

These chicken pieces are coated in a panko bread crumb and Parmesan cheese mix and baked until crunchy. They are a tasty bite, especially when dipped into a side of marinara sauce.

Bottega Americano

Bottega Americano, an Italian restaurant and marketplace, recently opened in San Diego’s East Village.

I had been eagerly anticipating this opening, especially after seeing some pretty amazing preview photos of the interior. I was a little confused about the restaurant concept at first. The descriptions made me think of Eataly in New York City, a gourmet Italian marketplace that also houses several individual restaurants. This is not quite what Bottega is like.

Bottega is one restaurant, with several separate kitchen areas. The dining area includes long communal tables, tables for small groups, as well as seats around the bars of each kitchen station. They also have a small market area with prepared foods.

The interior design is modern and elegant, with marble counter-tops installed at each bar area. It’s definitely one of my favorite in terms of decor.

We were seated at the bar in front of the Salumeria station. It was a lot of fun watching the cured meats be sliced, the cheese plates prepped, and the display of colorful pickled vegetables. Next to us was the wood fired oven pizza station. And in the distance, I could just make out the colorful, fresh-made pasta hanging from the pasta and cold seafood bar area.

The menu had an overwhelming amount of choices that all sounded delicious.

Complimentary Bread

Dinner service starts with a duo of fresh baked breads, made in-house. They were accompanied with oil and vinegar.

Fennel sausage / cauliflower panna / goat cheese / mozzarella / roasted tomatoes / kale