Smell and taste the savory flavors of Italy at Barone’s Pizza and Italian Cuisine.

A family tradition since 1959, which makes it the oldest restaurant in the Antelope Valley! Barone's has offered quality and service as their trademark for over 60 years! A full-service restaurant, serving flavorful, delicious menu items including: Hot and Cold Sub Sandwiches (steak, chicken cacciatore, Italian style cold cuts, meatball, sausage & peppers and eggplant parmesan); Hand Tossed Pizza with regular crust or deep dish, Pasta (Spaghetti, Penne Al’Arrabiate, Ravioli, Fettuccini Alfredo, Manicotti, Cannelloni, Gnocchi, Capellini) just to name a few!

They also serve Antipasto, Soup, Lasagna and, of course, a few Italian Classics (Chicken Marsala, Milanese, Cacciatore and more) plus a nice variety of Veal dishes and wonderful Seafood entrees (Shrimp Scampi, Linguini Pescatore and Sautéed Tilapia) as well! Barone’s is known as the Home of the Big Baron, which is a giant stuffed pizza sandwich.

My companion, sister and I stopped by the other night ready for a wonderful Italian dinner and that’s exactly what we were served! I started out with a delicious glass of Stella Rosa Berry wine which is one of my favorites—cold, sweet and sparkling. My companion opted for a glass of Chardonnay and Lori had a soda. Barone’s has a nice wine and beer list from California to Italy, Champagne and Craft Beer from our local breweries. 

We started out by ordering the Barone’s famous garlic bread smothered with mozzarella cheese ($2.10). That is two slices of Italian bread covered in garlic, butter sauce and mozzarella cheese—an ooey, gooey tasty delight. And this was just the appetizer!

 I ordered the Original Antipasto Salad for one ($8.25). Slices of Italian cold cuts, mozzarella cheese, three beans, tomatoes, black olives, artichokes, pepperoncini and cherry peppers. Oh my, what a magnificent salad; so many different tasty items all mixed together with their very own Italian dressing. It was enough for all three of us to share and good thing it arrived just as we were finished the cheesy garlic bread as the dressing was perfect for dipping!

For my main course I chose the Chicken Milanese, $19.85—chicken breast cutlet breaded, fried, topped with giant mushrooms and served in a very nice wine, lemon and garlic sauce.  Your choice of pasta is included and I chose penne with marinara sauce. Tender chicken, fried to a perfect golden brown with lots of fresh minced garlic. I squeezed the fresh lemon all over the dish and then once the chicken met the mushrooms the flavor was out of this world. The penne pasta was cooked perfectly with a rich and tasty sauce filled with bite-size pieces of onions and bell peppers. 

My companion ordered his favorite Italian dish, Fettuccine Alfredo with sautéed chicken. I think it should be renamed to Fettuccini Alfredo with sautéed vegetables & chicken as it included delicious, seasoned broccoli, carrots, mushrooms and artichoke hearts. The aroma and flavor were simply amazing and the punches of green, orange and brown made the presentation picturesque like a beautiful fall landscape! Magnifico and bravo to the chef.

My sister Lori ordered a steak sandwich for $10.75. She and I have loved steak sandwiches since we were teenagers and this one proved to bring back that favorite memory of the one’s we enjoyed way back when and I mean like about 40 plus years ago! That is one flavor you never forget, and for me adding a little mayonnaise brings the flavor up a notch.

Seasoned and grilled thin sliced steak with mushrooms, onions and melted cheese made for an incredible taste.  After her first bite, she saw my eyes just begging for a taste so she let me have the other half.  It was really wonderful.  I ate a couple of bites and then brought the rest to work with me the next day. 40 seconds in the microwave and, voila, same wonderful taste.

We also ordered a 10-inch Canadian Bacon & Pineapple Pizza ($12.80), which all three of us enjoyed. Barone’s pizza is hand tossed and made with fresh dough, sauce and blended with mozzarella cheese. As soon as it came Lori leaned over and whispered, “Do they always put that much stuff on their pizzas” as she just couldn’t believe her eyes! She was definitely a happy camper. The pizza had the perfect amount of sauce and cheese plus an abundant of meat and pineapple. This was a true pizza lover’s delight.

And then it was time for dessert! There were quite a few different choices from Homemade Cheesecake, Cannoli, and Chocolate Mousse Cake to Gondola, Tiramisu and Spumoni Ice Cream Cake. We chose the Gondola and the presentation alone was fabulous—a white chocolate cinnamon cream filling inside deep-fried dough with vanilla ice cream and drizzled with caramel sauce. This was almost too beautiful to eat. But notice I said “almost” as I really couldn’t wait to have a taste! A true dream dessert—two scoops of vanilla ice cream floating on a white chocolate sea of love. I don’t think any words could actually describe this piece of art. Amazing actually doesn’t even do it justice. Let’s just say, there wasn’t a drop left and even the extra drizzle that was on the plate was gone as well.

Barone's Pizza is located at 1229 West Ave. I in Lancaster, (661) 948-0771. Check out their website for specials, discounts and more information at www.BaronesItalian.com.

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