Neighborhood favorite in La Mesa specializes in affordably priced pizza and pasta.. IN SHORT Tucked away in a strip mall this family-oned Italian eatery is usually jammed with locals enjoying the fresh-baked garlic bread and hefty pasta portions. Nondescript from the outside, it's easy to miss, but the small dining room decorated with traditional checkered tablecloths is kid-friendly and cozy. Outdoor seating accommodates the eat and run crowd ordering pizza by the slice. Specialties include calzones, shrimp alfredo, eggplant parmigiana and chicken marsala.