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rafael's restaurant in north pacific beach

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scottrj12 Mar 9, 2007 12:27 PM

Has anyone been to this tiny little establishment on cass st. in NPB. I'm wondering if its worth checking out, and Im curious about prices. Thanks in advance!!

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    mangiatore RE: scottrj12 Mar 9, 2007 01:06 PM

    I think you mean Raffaella's. I would ask yourself the following: does it look good? To me it looks like a run-down house with a front yard that has a few plastic tables. That said, while I've heard from more than one person that it's not good, I'm not sure they're really trying to be much more than a spaghetti & meatballs hole in the wall. One "good" thing I heard is that you can bring your own wine with no corkage fee. You might want to call first though.

    1. stevuchan RE: scottrj12 Mar 12, 2007 03:28 PM

      It a good little local stop, I wouldn't travel to eat there but the food is decent. It on the cheap side and you can bring your own to your hearts content. The girl likes the buffalo chicken chopped salad, the calamari is decent and usually well cooked, If you get the pasta get it with the meat sauce with pesto drizzle. You can do much worse for Italian, at double the price. The owner is a doll, very sweet, and ex-teacher, lot of fun. It's on par or better than Lots o Pasta, Pasta Espresso.

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        Captain Jack RE: stevuchan Mar 12, 2007 06:57 PM

        Is the pasta made in house?

      2. stevuchan RE: scottrj12 Mar 13, 2007 08:59 AM

        Sorry skipper, no house made pasta here. That has been my experience, although the pasta is usually cooked well. It a stictly middle of the road place, good when you want to have dinner and a couple bottles of wine (that you bring), and you don't feel like cooking. A good bottle of Sangiovese can often elevate a meal a notch or two.

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