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In the last year of WWII, this mom-and-pop restaurant began as a stand that sold French Dip sandwiches and orange juice. As the story goes, one of Grandma's boys was inadvertently eating spaghetti in front of one the customers. The spaghetti wasn't on the menu, however the Cuccia family did not want to refuse a guest so they decided to serve this 'first' customer a bowl and voila! Grandma subsequently transformed her recipes into what became Vince's Spaghetti today. There are three locations, and to honor their founders, the restaurants still serve the French Dip, but most come for the delicious spaghetti and mostaccioli.
Located in Claremont, Union on Yale is an elegant, yet casual restaurant that serves an amalgam of favorites from the Italian and American kitchen. A small sampling of the menu has dishes like fried chicken, Flat-Iron steak, wild mushroom fettuccine and the rarely seen pan roasted John Dory. The owners brought the wood-fire oven over from Naples, and inside it you'll find delicious pizzas that use innovative ingredients, but still pay homage to the Old Country. For instance, the menu still has the original Margherita and Bianca, but the Americana with herbed burrata or the unusual, but delicious Great Pumpkin Pizza really make this place unique.
Mario's Place is great to experience modern Italian cuisine. They put a contemporary take on traditional flavors with a delicious menu and excellent selection of wine. Wood brick oven pizzas, pastas, steak and risotto are favorites. In addition, they host occasional jazz concerts and open mic nights. Its location, a short distance from The Mission Inn and California State Building, makes it popular among locals, business travelers and tourists alike.