I haven’t written a Barbara’s Bits & Bites for a while, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t had my eye out for interesting places to dine.
Portions are ample and easily shared. I liked the variety.
Our server was friendly and helpful in answering questions, and open to customizing dishes to our tastes.
Now that the Daily Pilot has broadened its scope of coverage, I recently ventured to Huntington Beach to try a neighborhood Italian restaurant that I’d been hearing buzz about, as it cooks with hemp-infused flour.
The whole thing intrigued me. I was eager for a taste test. The restaurant has a dog-friendly, outdoor-covered patio and ample parking.
Panini, Stromboli, salads and sandwiches, all priced well, are among the other menu items.
Pastas and pizzas can be ordered with or without hemp-infused flour. We, of course, went for the hemp products.
To give you some background, seeds of the hemp plant — cannabis sativa — won’t get you high, but they are a great source of healthy fats and essential fatty acids and protein. They are rich with Vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc.
I had the Mama Mia, $14, with penne hemp pasta, sun dried tomatoes, chicken and artichoke hearts in a homemade tomato sauce, and it was delicious. I can honestly say I didn’t notice a taste difference from regular pasta. But I will say later that I didn’t have the bloated-stuffed feeling I usually have after eating pasta.
Columnist Barbara Venezia offers high praise for the Huntington Beach restaurant, which opened last year.