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Dec 7, 2008 02:05 PM

Any REAL Italian food in San Diego?

Is there any real, authentic Italian food in San Diego. I mean places without the straw wrapped Chianti bottles. Any place that has Chicken Alfredo on the menu isn't Italian, it's Ita-American.

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  1. There was a little place in lemon grove some years back even had the plastic grapes decor.
    Mom and pop could cook! Passed with my east coast taste buds.

    1. Perhaps Old Trieste located near Mission Bay on Morena Bld. It has been around since at least the early 70s when I first arrived in San Diego. I haven't been there since the early 80s.

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      1. re: Encinitan

        Second Old Trieste for that old time Italian - I moved from NY only a year and a half ago and I've pretty much given up on "authentic" Italian in SD. I really miss it. LA is the only place for the real stuff - Mozza for sure!

      2. Being Italian/Swedish, I am always looking for good Italian than what I make at home and I have found that Baci's on Morena Blvd in Bay Park area is one of the best in SD...

        1. Compare SD to the East Coast, forgetaaboutit, can't even come close. However, Baci's is an old school Italian/American restaurant, the only thing that bothers me is $30. for chicken parm, the place is very pricey.

          1. Antica Trattoria on Lake Murray Blvd @ Baltimore has very good Italian food. I have generally been happier with the Secondi that feature meat vs. the seafood. We have enjoyed most of the pastas that we have had there as well - particularly the gnocchi. There have been other mentions on the board if you search for them.

            Antica Trattoria
            5654 Lake Murray Blvd La, Mesa, CA

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            1. re: JRSD

              Second Antica Trattoria! We used to live nearby and although we now live much further away, it remains our go-to Italian spot.