Lido’s Italian Foods are too classic to be pretty

Oct 07, 2019 359

BY: Ian Anderson

When the server places a thick white ceramic plate on the table, it’s all but spilling over with a pile of spaghetti. The noodles, and the two racquetball size meatballs astride them, are so drenched in viscous, red marinara sauce, only a dusting of parmesan crumbles lends contrast. Call in Lady and the Tramp, because we’re dealing with a textbook plate of spaghetti and meatballs here at Lido’s Italian Foods in Lemon Grove.

Available every day for just $11.10, this prototypical spaghetti is one of “Lido’s famous pasta dinners,” according to the menu. That’s not to be confused with “Lido’s famous dinners,” or “Lido’s specialties,” or the pizza, because “Pizza is our specialty.” When a restaurant has been around more than six decades, as Lido’s has, the superlatives are bound to pile up.

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