Pizza makes return to Pacifica’s Manor Shopping Center with Paisanos Trattoria 

It’s at a place with a different name and different ownership, but pizza is once again being served in Pacifica’s Manor Shopping Center. After last spring’s closing of Granucci’s, Paisanos Trattoria and Pizzeria is now open in the same space. Pizzas again are at the heart of the menu, and the top pizza maker has 25 years of experience tossing the dough. The pies sport a thin crust that is described by the owner as a mix of New York-style and Neapolitan. Diners can construct their own pizzas or opt for a specific one such as the Paisanos’ Special with feta cheese, mozzarella, red onions, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and tomato pesto. Classic Italian and Italian-American dishes, including salmon piccata, chicken Parmesan and a host of pastas with various sauces, are offered. Several sauces and the potato gnocchi are made in-house. The casual, narrow space features a bar with TVs to catch the Giants’ games, high wooden ceilings, vintage Italian posters and white tablecloths. With some calamari Arrabbiata and a glass of Nebbiolo, you might think you’re looking at the Riviera, not the Pacific.

442 Manor Plaza, Pacifica; (650) 898-8645,


With a very optimistic name, Millbrae has a new destination for Hunan cuisine. Wonderful is now open, specializing in the cooking of the Hunan province in the southwest of China, which shares much in common with the spicy cuisine of the neighboring Sichuan province. Diners can opt for adventurous dishes such as pork tripe with Chinese celery or bullfrog with chili pepper. Calmer choices include Hunan-style long beans, Mao-braised pork, and a soup of Chinese sauerkraut and fish filet. Many tables will likely get an order of the pan-fried Chinese pancake. And that’s just a small sampling of the 80-plus wonderful dishes offered. The interior features dark wood paneling and floors, antique overhead ceiling fans and a dining counter overlooking the kitchen.

270 Broadway, Millbrae; (650) 692-2829

Palo Alto

The local juicing trend shows no signs of fading. Now downtown Palo Alto has a fresh-pressed juice shop courtesy of San Francisco’s Project Juice. Raw, cold-pressed juices sourced from organic and locally grown fruits and vegetables are the specialty, divided between a handful of rotating specials and a roster of 15 regular juices such as the Beta Bomb and Jala-greeño. The small, 500-square-foot space has plans to serve raw, vegan food bites to complement the juices soon.

575 High St., Palo Alto; (415) 857-3869,

Half Moon Bay

The Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. has a new head brewer as it heads into the summer beach months. Shane Aldrich, a 12-year veteran, previously worked at Bay Area favorites such as Lagunitas and Devil’s Canyon. To celebrate the new addition and American Craft Beer Week, the brewery is holding a “Meet The Brewers” event Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. Complimentary bites and, of course, their brews will be served.

390 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay; (650) 728-2739,

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