Paoli's Italian Country Kitchen is the best Italian restaurant in town. We drive 45 minutes to Big BEar Lake just to take our company up to Big Bear to the Village for shopping then a pizza or Italian dinner at Paoli's Restaurant afterwords. Every single person who have taken there has loved the place and want to go back again on their next visit.
This restaurant is right in the heart of The Village on the corner of Pine Know and Village Drive. They can accommodate groups up to 150 people. We have been there when the waitresses have handled a large group and the small tables as well without a hitch. We all get great service. There is indoor and outdoor eating. You might prefer indoors when there is snow on the umbrellas during the winter!
Our favorite is their pizza. That is what we order the most often. They carry other delicious meals of pasts, seafood, and chicken. Their is a full bar available. The decor is adorable. This place is always packed, but I have never had to stand in line once, for they have lots of rooms with lots of tables. On Saturdays they are open until midnight. And we have been known to be there that late. Stopped in for a late night snack after seeing a movie across the street.
We love this restaurant. My husband even took one of his co-workers from Texas up to Paoli's for lunch, even though the drive would last 45 minutes up there and 45 minutes back again. Corey enjoyed the food immensely, and understood why we recommended it so much. His said that on his next visit to California, he would like to bring his wife and take her to Paoli's for dinner and explore The Village.