There’s a new happy hour in Temecula called The Escape. Gourmet Italia ownergi escape Alex Prestifilippo has come up with a different theme four nights a week, Tuesday through Friday. We went to Tuesday’s kick-off with friends and all of us had a wonderful time. The theme for Tuesday is Texting Tuesday. You get a dollar off your bill for each person who comes in with a text message from you inviting them to come. Each table has a glass of fried spaghetti on it. It’s got a definite pepper kick to it. There’s also a new appetizer menu. We tried the meatballs (half a pound each!), the sampler platter and the crab cakes. Chef Fabrizio checked on us a few times to make sure we were happy (we were), and we enjoyed a bottle of ‘04 Spina Nero D’Avola. If you haven’t tried it, it’s a Sicilian wine, with a soft fruit nose and an easy finish. It paired well with everything we ate.


If you’re looking for a place to unwind at the end of the workday, give The Escape a try. Alex and Charity are wonderful hosts and the service is excellent. Nora and Becka both took very good care of us.