Among the items on the lunch menu are a number of appetizers most priced below $10. They include Calamari Luciana (sautéed in garlic, green peas, white wine in a fresh spicy tomato sauce) and Parmigiana di Melanzane (baked roasted eggplants with fresh mozzarella cheese and fresh tomato sauce). An assortment of Panini (Italian grilled sandwiches), most priced at $8.95, include the Toscana (sliced grilled chicken breast, provolone, grilled zucchini and pesto sauce) and the Passaparola (Italian salami, prosciutto, mortadella, spicy salami, provolone, lettuce and tomatoes, drizzled with olive oil and red vinegar).
Homemade pasta dishes, $11 - $13, include a rigatoni sautéed with homemade beef meatballs, lightly spicy tomato sauce and pecorino cheese; homemade lasagna; and fresh homemade spinach and ricotta cheese ravioli sautéed with roasted garlic, tomato sauce and topped with Asiago cheese and fresh basil. Among the entrees, $12 - $16, are chicken prepared Marsala or Piccata, Veal Parmigiana and a free-range Cornish Game Hen, grilled crispy on a brick and marinated in herbs and olive oil.
Passaparola Trattoria is located at 6204 E. Pacific Coast Hwy. For more information, visit www.passaparolausa.com or call 562/986-5280.