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Dec 21, 2010 06:18 PM

Where to eat good Italian in San Diego?

Little Italy no?

What is a good place?

Thank you so much

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    1. Pizzeria Bruno is good for Neapolitan pizza.

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      1. re: Josh

        I believe our CH 'Dining Diva' gave a ringing endorsement, which I totally 2nd, to Anitca Trattoria on Lake Murray Blvd in La Mesa.

        Not sure where you're from, Vadala, or what your expextations are for Italian, hope this helps.

        Lake Murray Cafe
        5465 Lake Murray Blvd, La Mesa, CA 91942

        1. re: cstr

          cstr is right Antica Trattoria is great. The owner recently opened a place on 5th in Hillcrest, the name of which escapes me now

          Antica Trattoria
          5654 Lake Murray Blvd La, Mesa, CA

          1. re: DiningDiva

            Where on 5th in Hillcrest is their new place? Did they take over someplace that closed?

            1. re: mimosa

              Osteria Origano


              3650 5th Avenue, by Pennsylvania.

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          1. Go to Assenti Pasta in Little Italy.
            Buy pasta, sauce and cheese of your choice.
            Add whatever else you like.
            Go home and cook it and enjoy.
            End of story.

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            1. re: pantani

              Never bought their sauces but at least their pasta is OK but nothing outstanding or comparable to pasta from a really good Italian restaurant. They are also one of the reasons why the pasta dishes at Cucina Urbana are just average for an Italian inspired restaurant

              1. re: honkman

                That's just crazy talk. Assenti is real, fresh pasta made by Italian's who are passionate about what they do. They also have a wide variety of flavors and forms of pasta you won't find anywhere else. Most Italian restaurants use plain old packaged white pasta you can buy at Von's.
                So what in your opinion is a really good Italian restaurant and do they make their own pasta?
                (I make my own at home and grind my own wheat).

                End of rant

                1. re: pantani

                  I haven't said that there is a good italian restaurant in SD but Assenti's pasta compared to good Italian (or Italian influenced) restaurants like Osteria Mozza (LA), Fraiche (LA), Scopa (Healdsburg), Oenotri (Napa) who make their own pasta is rather disappointing. Just because San Diego doesn't have any good Italian restaurant which makes their own pasta means that any pasta which is better than this (very low) bar is automatically good. And if you cook pasta at home anyway than why not make your own which is not very complicated and also produces better pasta than you can buy.

                  1. re: honkman

                    Thanks for the clarification.
                    Like I said below the only really good Italian I have in San Diego was at the former Zolezzi's which closed many years ago.

                      1. re: Fake Name

                        Actually Berlin has indeed a quite large Italian population and very good Italian restaurants.