Blue Line Pizza opens fourth Peninsula outpost for deep-dish specialty 

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  • Cetrella in Half Moon Bay, which offers seafood favorites like snapper a la plancha, is planning a special Easter brunch.
It’s getting a little windier in San Carlos this spring, or maybe it just feels more like Chicago with the opening of the Chicago-style deep-dish pizza restaurant Blue Line Pizza. This is the fourth outpost of Blue Line on the Peninsula and in the South Bay, courtesy of the owners of San Francisco’s Little Star Pizza. Cornmeal-crust deep-dish pies lead the menu, including the Blue Line pizza with spinach, mushrooms, onions, garlic, and a blend of ricotta and feta cheeses. Blue Line has several gluten-free and vegan-friendly pizzas, along with a small roster of salads, panini and appetizers, including spicy chicken wings. A full bar offers several craft beers to complement the pizzas. For the deep-dish averse, Blue Line also offers New York-style thin-crust pizza that might be topped with bacon, pineapple, chicken and a barbecue-infused sauce. Diners can now choose at the table, once and for all, whether they prefer Chicago’s or New York’s versions of pizza. Either way, pizza fans are thrilled with this new San Carlos addition.

1201 San Carlos Ave. (at Laurel Street), San Carlos; (650) 610-0200, bluelinepizza.com

Millbrae

In an interesting name-changing twist, the former Misoya Ramen that was recently chronicled in this segment as a new opening in Millbrae has now changed its name to avoid being confused with the Japanese chain of the same name with a restaurant in Santa Clara. Misoya Ramen of Millbrae is now Kin Yobi Ramen. It’s the same ramen, the same owners and the same place. Just note the different name.

293 El Camino Real, Millbrae; (650) 204-7866, no website

Palo Alto

With Tax Day Tuesday in just two days, Palo Alto Grill hopes to lift your spirits after sending the checks in the mail. The restaurant offers a tax time “stimulus package” through Thursday, stating, “We know that tax season feels like the time to tighten the budget, so we’ve decided to help alleviate that burden.” On Monday and Tuesday during this offering, guests can take 50 percent off their checks when they dine before 5:45 p.m. They can also take 25 percent off the check on Wednesday and Thursday (again before 5:45 p.m.). The offer applies to all food and beverages, but not during lunch or happy hour.

140 University Ave., Palo Alto; (650) 321-3514, paloaltogrill.com

Half Moon Bay and San Carlos

Easter is right around the corner, and that means restaurants around the Peninsula are ready with special menus for the holiday. Piacere in San Carlos presents a three-course family-style brunch including short rib hash, crab cake salad, and assorted housemade desserts and sweet breads. Brunch is $36 for adults and $13 for kids. For Easter brunch on the coast, Cetrella in Half Moon Bay has a $40 three-course a la carte menu with two to three choices per course, including California halibut with lemongrass nage and fava beans, and a chocolate trio for dessert.

727 Laurel St., San Carlos; (650) 592-3536, piacererestaurant.com

845 Main St., Half Moon Bay; (650) 726-4090, cetrella.com

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