Rosanna's Pasta - Encinitas - North San Diego
In what used to be Russo's Pasta now sits Rosanna's. We ate there the other night and it was delicious. Same home made pastas and sauces. They are also serving paninis and pizzas and salads.
We split an antipasto salad - which was chock full of delicious meats and cheeses.
I had the gnocchi with pesto and my sweetie the rigatoni with a sausage and bell pepper sauce. Both dishes were wonderful - fresh and tasty. The sausage and pepper sauce on the rigatoni was so down home it was like I was a kid again eating at my next door neighbor's house for dinner (They were 100 percent Italian and man could they cook and eat).
We also got the garlic bread which has been upgraded from what used to be served at the old restaurant, imo.
Our check was like $25.
This is my favorite Italian restaurant in a city full of Italian restaurants - It feels like a deli inside, it is not fancy sit down Italian, but it is darn good.
We went back last night and had another great meal.
Tried a panini - mozzarella, sun dried tomatoes, basil, olive oil, fresh tomatoes.
the bread was perfectly toasted crispy on the outside and the inside flavors meshed in soft and chewy symphony of yumminess.
And we had a riot laughing and talking with the owners and the manager.
This is our favorite kind of dining experience - food - made with love
I just had Rosanna's Caprese salad last nite at a neighbor's dinner and it was soooo incredibly delicious that this morning I went online to find out more about this amazing little cafe/Italian market. And what did I find? That Chowhounds already had a whole thread about this place!!! Gotta love the Chowsers, they're all about great food!
And BTW, Rosanna's Caprese salad is the best I've ever had and I used to live in NYC!
Used to go there when it was Russo's. Recently got some take out pasta there and can't say it was good. The spaghetti was very thick and dense. I prefer to make my own pasta at home with my hand crank Atlas roller, beats any pasta I have had at any restaurant. Or even whole wheat pasta from Trader Joe's is good. Asente Pasta in little italy is really good for fresh pasta but very expensive. I like the paninis at the Tuscan Sun Deli which is not far from Rosanna's. Come to think of it Tuscan Sun used to be called Rosanna's Deli I think.