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Places 2 Check Out: Sardina's

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Remember when Cafe de Thai used to be in the Mira Loma shopping center? When the owners moved into their new building, Sardina's went into their old spot. And now, the two restaurants are neighbors - both housed in the building at the corner of Longley Lane and Patriot. Husband and wife team, Susan Sardina and Brett Whiting, say while the location is new, the same great quality exists but with some even better options. "Our pasta bowls, now we have half orders and full orders so half orders are great for lunch, full orders for that heartier appetite. A lot of seniors enjoy the half orders as well," says Whiting.

The restaurant is split in half. The downstairs, you might recognize as the Pasta Bistro, is light and airy, with floor to ceiling windows. And a quaint outdoor patio with 4 tables. And the upstairs is more muted, with Italian colors and a bar where people can sit and sip on a range of wines from small wineries. In fact, they try to support small local farmers whenever they can. "We buy from the Great Basin Co-Op so 90% of our vegetables are whatever is available so that we try to do local and with our wine list as well. We try to get smaller vineyards. Not typical wines you find in the grocery store and everywhere else. We have a wonderful wine list and our prices are phenomenal."

In the kitchen is where Susan spends all day and night. She's either prepping or cooking. Just about everything at Sardina is homemade. "Soups, sauces, we made the ravioli here all the gnocchi, the desserts."

Many of the recipes come from her family file. And the most popular? The butternut squash ravioli. "It's in a sage brown butter sauce with bacon, roasted garlic, and blue cheese crumbles so you have a lot of different flavors."

And a lot of different options on the menu of the new Sardina's on Longley Lane.

For more information, go to their web site at www.sardinasitalian.com

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