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What's Your Favorite Italian Restaurant In San Deigo

I think I have it narrowed down to three , Bencotto, Cucina Urbana and Buona Forchetta. First time in SD, staying in LJ for 8 nights and
we have a car. We live in Brooklyn NY and nobody can beat Moms Meatballs. But I'm not looking for Mom and pop type places, or high end. Cucina Urbana looks like the kind of place We like to eat in NY. Would like to here you Favorites.

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  1. All those are good.

    I'd add Modo Mio for Sicilian.

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    1. re: Fake Name

      Your comment about Modo Mio sounded interesting and I looked for the first time on their menu - not really sure why this should be Sicilian cuisine. There are many dishes from throughout Italy (and a few have hints of Sicilian influences) and it might be very good restaurant but don't really see this as a Sicilian restaurant

      1. re: honkman

        Then I'd suggest you don't go there.

        1. re: Fake Name

          As I said before the restaurant might be great and I was just curious what are the sicilian dishes

    2. Could you define what is Italian for you. As much as I like for example Cucina Urbana I wouldn't call it Italian. It is mainly Californian cuisine with some Italian influences and quite different from for example Bencotto

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      1. re: honkman

        I only went through the menu quickly, I was looking more at the reviews. I recently Sold my Italian Restaurant, I always had Italian chefs from Ischia, Bari and Naples . So I am open to different interprepations or influences of Italian. I'm really looking for great food and atmosphere.

        1. re: Joez63

          Just make reservations at least two weeks before for CU as it is very popular. They have some communal tables for walk-ins but I prefer their regular ones

          1. re: honkman

            I booked CU looking or a second choice Bencotto or Buona Forchetta

      2. Buona Forchetta. Ultra authentic. Forget the rest.

        1. Bencotto.

          Buona Forchetta is good when it's on, but for a place that specializes in pizzas, they're a bit too inconsistent with their oven work.

          As to Cucina Urbana, while I really like the place, it's not really Italian like honkman mentioned up above. It's sort of San Diego Italian, if you're ok with that, then by all means go for it.

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            Bencotto sounds great, I was having a difficult time finding a Restaurant in Little Italy. We will be in SD for Seven nights, trying to find Seven really good Restaurants.

            I have no problem with SD Italian just looking for a great night out. Do you think Cucina Urbana is a good choice . We are Also looking for something in the Gaslamp , my 17 year wants to go .

            1. re: Joez63

              Cucina Urbana is one of my favorite restaurants in SD, for any cuisine.

              In Gaslamp, there's been multiple positive reports for Blind Burro, including this most recent one. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/908140

              1. re: ipsedixit

                Thanks again ipsedixit, I will check out Blind Burro. I also read about Cafe Chloe, not sure if the menu is to limited.

                1. re: Joez63

                  Cafe Chloe is by far the best choice for mid-priced food in SD, for any cuisine.

          2. Baci's, Piatti's in LJ Shores or Manhattan's in La Jolla. .

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            1. re: Beach Chick

              Thanks everyone for all the suggestions , I have become addicted to CH. Nothing worse than having a bad meal on Vacation.