Last week, Great Escape highlighted Filoli, an estate garden with an exquisite setting ideal for decompressing and experiencing some peace and serenity.
This week, head to the grassy hills of , a huge expanse of open space and wooded area in the southeast foothills of Pacifica, with a hearty sandwich from . Picnicking in this park couldn’t be any better, especially when craving a little sun. Sit at one of the picnic tables or benches along the perimeter of the park, or if the ground is dry, spread a blanket in the green grass and bask in the pleasing microclimate that the San Pedro Valley County Park area has to offer. Fog burns off pretty quick here, and it’s usually sunny and warm when the rest of the coast is socked in.
Colombo’s Deli sells a wide variety of Italian foods, including their famous sandwiches made to order on freshly baked bread. Colombo’s specialty sandwiches include the “Godfather,” a deli meat masterpiece with prosciutto, salami, provolone cheese, artichoke hearts and oil and vinegar on a sourdough roll. Or take the “49er Goldminer” with roast beef, bleu cheese, mustard, mayo, and onions. Club, vegetarian and meatball subs are other popular options as well.
Picnickers can find plenty of other goodies, too—panettone, gnocchi, olive oil, chocolate, torrone and much more, all in a setting that feels like San Francisco’s North Beach. In the salad case, take your pick, from calamari, potato and chicken salad to shrimp pasta, marinated mushrooms and artichoke hearts to dolmans, grilled vegetables , coleslaw and more.
Colombo’s Italian Delicatessen is located at 484 Manor Plaza, Pacifica. Frontierland Park is at Yosemite Drive & Humboldt Court, Pacifica, at the end of Linda Mar.