Calamari’s – Casual Italian

Calamari's Italian Restaurant Exterior
Calamari’s
1000 Torrance Blvd
Unit A Italian, Pizza
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 792-9300
www.calamarisrestaurant.com

 

Calamari’s is located on the corner of Prospect and Torrance Blvd. Right after Bishop Montgomery High School. They have been there for about a year now replacing the Pizza Hut that was once there. It is typical of what you might expect of a casual Italian restaurant. Plenty of booth seating with wood and red in abundance. A very comfortable and quiet setting, at least for lunch that day. In the evenings they show sporting events on the overhead monitors and you can enjoy pizza and wings like a typical sports bar.

 

Calamari's Italian Restaurant Chicken TetrazziniOLIVER: I have been eying the ads for it for a while and looking for a reason to go here. A Lunch Pig Birthday was close by so I thought today would be a good time. It is a bit further than we normally go for lunch, but as it turns out, well worth it. Our waitress was quick to greet us and get us in a booth. Really nice spacious seating and a great menu are a good start to any Lunch Pig. I wanted something a little extra today, so opted for the Chicken Tetrazini. It consists of Chicken breast pieces with mushrooms, spinach and a white wine sauce. The lunch special also comes with your choice of soup or salad and I chose soup which was Minestrone today. Minestrone literally means “big soup” in Italian. And this had plenty of pasta and vegetables to make it a very satisfying pre-entre soup. Calamari's Italian Restaurant Minestrone Garlic Bread SticksWhen our waitress brought my main dish I was very pleased with the quantity of the dish. It was more like a dinner serving, which is always a plus for me. Along with the dish came a basket of delicious garlic bread. I quickly emptied the basket. The chicken was very good, tender and flavorful. The spinach was fresh tasting and the pasta in long strands.

It was a great meal, a great environment, and a great price. The service was perfect and the cokes were always full. I gotta give them 4.5 pigs, they deserve it. You should come and visit them and try some of their other dishes as well.
 
 

 

 

Calamari's Italian Restaurant Personal Pizza Mushroom and OnionCARL: My travels take me up and down Prospect on a fairly regular basis and I have stopped in to this restaurant location a few times when it was a Pizza Hut. From the outside the place looked fancier and after stepping through the doors this was indeed confirmed. The place was warm and inviting – including our very friendly waitress. I was impressed with the reasonable prices and the decent variety of items on the Lunch Special menu. After a quick consultation with our waitress I decided to go with the “Personal Pizza with two Toppings” for $6.95 and the Diet Coke for $1.76. For my toppings I chose mushroom and onion. The pizza was about 8 inches in size, thin crust and with only light amounts of sauce and cheese. The crust and the sauce were surprisingly flavorful and gave a nice balance to the experience. I really enjoy cheese so I would have like a bit more cheese but overall it was a delicious and filling pie. Oliver and I were attracted to the place for the lunch specials price and we were not disappointed. With plenty to choose from for $5.95 – $7.95 there are lots of of options for repeat visits. The combination of good food, reasonable prices and a nice dining experience make this a very solid 4 Pigs but our super friendly waitress (Lisa) bumped it up to a 4.5. Well done Calamari’s. I’ll be back for lunch and dinner in the future.

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