Reader Jonathan C. let me know that Guichos Eatery, offering “Fresh Italian Take-Out” has opened 901 Linden Avenue in Carpinteria, the former home of Beach Bowls. Unlike Santa Barbara where an eatery opens nearly every week, in Carpinteria a restaurant ribbon-cutting is a rare event, averaging just 2-3 year per year. Guicho’s Eatery is the first restaurant to open in Carpinteria in 2017.
The pasta at Guicho’s is cooked to order. When visiting a restaurant people can usually tell whether a dish is fresh, and Guicho’s emphasizes fresh ingredients. The owners Luis “Guicho” Alvarez and Jim Donahue seem to take pride in what they are doing. Alvarez lives in San Clemente where he owns two other Guicho’s locations. His in-laws have owned a home in Carpinteria for more than four decades and he visits them often. Donahue is a UCSB graduate and has spent a lot of time on the South Coast. Alvarez opened the first Guicho’s in San Clemente in 2001 and Donahue partnered with him for their second location in 2010.
The restaurant has a clean, spacious design and there are a few tables, but Guicho’s is pretty much catering to a take-out crowd and they encourage people to order in advance. Meal preparation takes about 10 minutes.
The menu includes salads (mixed green, arugula, heart of palm, chopped, grilled chicken, grilled shrimp and fusilli pasta – all priced $5.25 – $9.95), sandwiches (eggplant, chicken, turkey, meatball, sausage, cheesesteak – all priced $7.95 – $10.95), and pastas (penne, penne w/eggplant, spaghettini, spaghettini w/meatballs, ravioli 3 cheese, jumbo ricotta cheese ravioli, tortellini, farfalle, fusilli, fusilli w/pesto, tagliatelli, fettuccini, linguine and lasagna w/sausage – all priced $7.50 – $12.95). You can substitute whole wheat penne or fusilli in any pasta dish for $1 and substitute gluten-free penne for $1.50. Fresh soup of the day with complimentary piece of garlic bread in a 24 oz. container costs $7.95.
Hours are Tuesday – Sunday 11:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., closed Monday. Call 334-1008 or visit guichos.com.