Diego Restaurant Reviews
DLish California Bistro (Chula Vista
Terra Nova Plaza)
By Jeanne Bellezzo
It only takes a bite or two of
a DLish woodfired pizza to realize that
this restaurant truly lives up to its name.
Specializing in pizza, pasta and
salad, this family-friendly, bistro-style restaurant
offers plenty of fresh, tasty options, and portions
generous enough to share
The bruschetta appetizer is a house
favorite, with homemade old-world garlic bread
grilled topped with tomato, garlic and parmesan.
The shrimp scampi delivers nearly
a dozen tender, good-sized shrimp delicately
sautéed in a light, slightly spicy broth.
Rather than just drowning it in garlic and butter,
DLish flavors it scampi with spices and
Sauterne wine, and the result is delicious.
Garlic mushrooms, calamari, mozzarella
sticks and buffalo wings round out the appetizer
menu.Salads, offered in full and half orders,
are meals in themselves.
Fresh is the key word here
the greens, vegetables and toppings are crisp
and colorful, and all of the dressings are made
Go international with the Greek,
Thai, Chinese or Chipotle chicken salads, or
the excellent Mediterranean, packed with artichoke
hearts, roma tomatoes, kalamata olives and feta
cheese crowned with slices of tender, juicy
All salads come with freshly baked
breadsticks. Even the half-size salads are large
enough for a meal, or perfect for two to share
while waiting for another entrée. Family-size
salads can be ordered for takeout only.
DLish offers more than a
dozen California-style woodfired pizzas, available
in regular (10) and the carryout-only
XL (16). Pizzas are fresh, preservative-free
and well-seasoned with a light, crispy crust.
Theres a combo to suit every taste.
The Fire Roasted Vegetable, topped
with fresh eggplant, zucchini, squash, bell
pepper, red, onions, broccoli and sun-dried
tomatoes, provides your five-a-day and then
some. Those who like their pizzas with meat
have plenty of choices, including pepperoni,
Greek, BBQ or Thai chicken, a seafood mix and
the Meatzilla, a meat-fest of pepperoni, Italian
and Cajun sausages, Canadian bacon and meatballs
topped with red onions, mushrooms, garlic and
For pizza purists, theres
the traditional cheese-and-tomato Margherita,
or The Works, with sausage, pepperoni and the
usual pizza vegetables. Cant decide? Try
the Four Seasons, divided into quarters: wild
mushrooms; smoky Canadian bacon with fontina;
tomato with mozzarella; and shrimp in garlic
butter with mozzarella. Many of the pizzas also
are available as calzones.
DLishs homemade pastas
are a dlight, with a fusion of innovative
flavors and preservative-free sauces made fresh
daily. There are more than 20 pasta dishes to
choose from, from classic spaghetti and meatballs
to salmon asparagus fettuccine, wild mushroom
linguine and fire-roasted veggie pasta with
include the Chicken Fantasia Fettuccine,
chicken breast sautéed with garlic,
sun-dried tomatoes and spinach in a light
marinara cream sauce topped with kalamata
olives and feta cheese, and the Tequila
Chicken Fettuccine, which blends spinach
fettuccine with sautéed chicken
breast, bell peppers and red onions in
a light tequila-jalapeño sauce.
Dive into the Seafood Cioppino, another
popular choice with shrimp, scallops,
calamari, salmon, mussels and clams in
a seafood broth over angel hair pasta.
Catering-size pastas serve up to seven
and are available for takeout.
Creative sandwich selections
offer many of pizzas and pasta options
served on foccacia bread or a grilled
pizza wrap, as well as charbroiled ½
pound Black Angus burgers. Sandwiches
come with bistro fries
Our only complaint about
DLish is that there are too many
appealing choices. Our recommendation:
Order a salad, pizza and pasta dish, try
some of each, and save the leftovers for
later. Prices are reasonable, with most
salads and regular-size pizzas under $10
and pastas $10-15. Lunch specials, served
daily until 4 p.m., are under $8 and include
select pizzas and pastas.
DLish is open from
11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Reservations are
not necessary. Plenty of parking is available
in the Terra Nova Plaza parking lot. Take-out
is available. Visa and MasterCard accepted.
by John Leonffu