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Authentic Italian Food

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I am searching for a place in San Diego (or adjacent) that serves authentic Italian food from any region (i.e. tastes vaguely like it does in that part of Italy). I know such places exist in LA. I am terribly tired of all the San Diego "trattorias" that serve the same sort of continentalized stuff that really doesn't seem to capture any of the simple essence of true Italian food that I remember from my travels in Italy 15 years ago as a student.

Thanks.

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  1. Try Via Italia. I believe the owner is from Northern Italy. It is a very small place on Clairmont Mesa Blvd. On Thursdays they make a special meal that is authentic italian. I know a guy that is from Italy and he says it is the most authentic.