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Caminiti's hits a home run with pizza

January 01, 2011|By Matt Bellner
(Cheryl A. Guerrero )

There is always a winner and a loser when you play a game but everybody was a winner when my entire softball team visited Caminiti's Restaurant in Burbank after our final game of the 2010 season.

The Burbank Dirtstars were defeated on the field but nobody can compete with us when it comes to eating, drinking and watching sports. That's why we chose Burbank's newest restaurant to test our dining skills.

To stretch our stomachs, we started with two orders of spicy chicken wings, mozzarella cheese sticks and a round of ice-cold beers. After another humiliating defeat on the diamond, nothing hits the spot like an ice-cold brew and Caminiti's has an expanding assortment of beers served in the coldest frosted glasses in the state. The wings were so perfect, we actually requested another large plate to satisfy everybody on the roster.

Caminiti's strength is their pizza, and my squad ordered three large pies. This is not your typical pizza delivery joint, and everything is custom-made with a nice light crust and plenty of toppings. The pepperoni was especially delicious and cooked to perfection. The only error by the cook was using canned mushrooms instead of fresh ones. Obviously, the crowds before us had consumed all the fresh mushrooms and they went with a back-up plan. The manager will easily correct that mistake once he reviews their cooking practices.

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Our star pitcher, Josh Moon, broke from the pack and ordered a custom-made hamburger and fries, and he loved it. The mammoth burger was large enough to fulfill any athlete. You can also choose a turkey burger if you want to live a little healthier, but my players rarely choose that option.

Our petite female fan also wanted to mix things up, so she and I shared a very tasty cheesesteak sandwich. We really enjoyed the entire presentation with the overflowing of meat on the toasted bun. A real Philadelphia native would have to be the expert judge but I thought it was a home run. Traditional Italian salads and desserts are also available if your hunger goes into extra innings.

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