Italian Inspired Bottega Americano

Italian Inspired Bottega Americano

Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana

Located inside the Thomas Jefferson School of Law directly across the street from the city’s new Central Library in San Diego’s East Village, Bottega Americano is an Italian–inspired restaurant and specialty food marketplace that invites guests to dine in a fun and exciting dining hall.

Together, there are four notable Bottega owners who bring to life a new genre of dining inspired by old–world European style, including Giuseppe Ciuffa, founder and CEO of Giuseppe Fine Restaurants & Fine Catering; avid foodie, investor and East Village resident Chad Ruyle; restaurateurGreg Van de Velde, who most recently managed the iconic Bertrand at Mister A’s restaurant; and noted chef David Warner, formerly of San Diego’s beachfront hotspot JRDN. “My partners and I had a strong vision for the project from the beginning,” says Ciuffa. “Chef Warner and I work together with our culinary team on all of the menu ideas. So instead of having just one chef with only one vision, we are inspired by many different tastes, trends and experiences.”

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Islands Crafts New Summer IPA


Heatwave Burger

Islands Restaurantsknown for its signature burgers, ice-cold drinks and laid-back surf-inspired atmosphere, is partnering with Southern California-based Left Coast Brewing Co. to create an exclusive new brew just in time for summer. Beginning June 13, Islands guests can enjoy the brand new Hula Bay IPA along with seasonal menu items including the Heat Wave Burger and refreshing Colada Sunset. 

A classic West Coast IPA, the Hula Bay is a light bodied draft with hoppy aromas of citrus, grapefruit, tangerine and pine. Available only at Islands restaurants for a limited time, the beer was created by the San Clemente-based brewery to pair well with Islands’ signature burgers and fare. 

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Baseball Themed Cookies Are Here

Bake Sale BakeryStep up to the plate this MLB All-Star Week for new hand-painted baseball cookies at Bake Sale Bakery, available from Monday, July 11, through Friday, July 15.

Proprietor Terryl Gavre will offer hand-painted baseball sugar cookies in honor of the 2016 MLB All-Star Game, held this year at Petco Park. The cookies will be priced at $2.50 each, with a limited supply each day. The bakery also offers an array of breakfast items, sandwiches pastries, cakes and treats available daily from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cookie orders may be made in advance by calling (619) 515-2224 or visiting

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Explore Newly Crafted Menu Items

Common Theory Public House

Common Theory Public House Kalbi Skewers

In San Diego there are talented chefs and kitchens taking on the challenge for fresh ideas and newly crafted plates. Grab a friend or two and go on an adventure exploring the city’s hottest creations from menus that are hot off the stove!

Set sail to Sirena Cocina Latina where their executive chef, Jamie Chavez, is putting his flavor-filled travels to good use.  With seafood, premium meats and local farms being expertly utilized, up-and-coming Chef Chavez has added a classy selection of appetizers, raw bar items, salads and entrees to the menu. One prized plate is the Po’ Boy Chilean Tenderloin, served with thick-cut French fries and with caramelized onions, a sunny side egg and green pebre atop the flawlessly grilled beef tenderloin.

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Chef Takes Pride At Duke’s La Jolla

San Diego Food Finds

Duke’s Famous Mai Tai and Hawaiian Rolls

Duke’s La Jolla is a 13,000 square foot restaurant that features two distinct dining areas and outdoor dining. Duke’s honors Duke Kahanamoku, a native Hawaiian, six-time Olympic swimming and water polo medalist and the father of modern day surfing. Guests will get a glimpse into the remarkable life of the restaurant’s namesake as well as tap into the La Jolla beach lifestyle. Pictures of Duke and Nadine Kahanamoku highlighting Duke’s remarkable life are on display along with artwork depicting the La Jolla beach lifestyle including “Dreaming” an image by photographer John Maher taken at Black’s Beach.


Coconut Shrimp Croquettes

Duke’s executive chef Anthony Sinsay attended the California School of Culinary Arts in Pasadena, A Le Cordon Bleu accredited Institute. Along the way, he worked for a few notable chefs and restaurants, as well as some of the best kitchens in the country. “I like to think that the skills I’ve attained over my career are special,” he says. “Every experience has helped mold me into the chef I am today.”


Korean Sticky Ribs

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Civico Celebrates One-Year Anniversary


Scialatielli Civico

After a year of being in business at the corner of Fir and India Streets in Little Italy, Civico 1845 (pronounced CHEE-vee-ko) is thriving. Impressing customers with its full vegan menu, and traditional, yet modern dishes such as bestsellers Pappardelle al Brasato, Scialatielli Civico and the vegan Melanzana Alla Parmigiana, the restaurant has quickly gained favor among locally based Italians as one of the few San Diegan restaurants with truly authentic Italian cuisine.

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True North Tavern Cigar Dinner

True North Tavern Cigar DinnerTransport yourself to the tropical islands of the Caribbean and enjoy a night in the Caribbean courtesy of True North Tavern in North Park. True North Tavern is proud to present A Night in the Caribbean Cigar Dinner.

This sit down four course dinner will be prepared by Chef Erik Miller of Urban Solace and will emphasize the bold flavors of Latin America and the Caribbean. Cigars will be paired by cigar aficionado David Mogilner of Racine & Laramie Tobacconist who will be present during the dinner to explain some of the finer qualities of their crafts. Sway to the Latin soul music of Gabriela Y La Buena Onda. A night of fine rum, cigars, music and Caribbean fare. The perfect way to end the month of June.

Mark your calendars for June 30th at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling (619) 291-3815.

Get Maple Inspired Treats at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

Omni La CostaThis summer, Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is sweetening the deal for guests and locals with a delicious maple-infused poolside menu available from now through Labor Day. Drawing inspiration from a recent trip to Vermont and Montreal – two major maple-producing regions – Omni’s culinary team dreamed up a delicious menu to pay homage to this uniquely North American tradition.

The special pool menu incorporates maple in subtle ways, both savory and sweet, including a Braised Chicken Sandwich with dark maple, chipotle and caramelized onion, fresh Tropical Fruits with a golden maple-yogurt dip and Maple-Cinnamon Donut Holes.

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Summer is heating up at Liberty Station

Liberty StationLiberty Station, San Diego’s historic naval-base-turned-neighborhood, welcomes the grand opening of a new retail concept, Moniker General, alongside the lease announcements of several new lifestyle and hospitality endeavors, all of which are slated to open by the end of the year. Following nearly two decades of growth and redevelopment, Liberty Station emerges in 2016 as a unique destination defined by the community’s deep-rooted history, as well as the collection of burgeoning local artisans and San Diego-based hospitality heavyweights who represent the best of what San Diego has to offer. A mix of lifestyle, culinary and culturally-driven concepts, Liberty Station’s latest additions in the booming north end ARTS DISTRICT aim to create a new town center that services the daily needs of residents as well as the cultural pursuits of both guests and locals alike.

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Chloe at Scout Opens In Point Loma

Chloe at ScoutChloe at Scout – Garden Cafe & Events to Open at Historic Liberty Station Location

In 2004, Alison McGrath and John Clute joined forces to create San Diego’s first European-style cafe in the once blighted urban neighborhood of East Village. Cafe Chloe was embraced by the residents of The East Village and the jewel box restaurant became a beloved and award-winning local destination including being voted #1 Best French restaurant by the San Diego Union-Tribune. Now, the Point Loma residents are venturing beyond downtown to a new venue at the burgeoning ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station.

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Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant Announces New Chef

BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant, located at 2202 4th Ave., has introduced Tyler Nollenberger as the new chef de cuisine. His appointment comes after five years at sister restaurant, MARKET Restaurant + Bar, where he worked under owner and acclaimed chef, Carl Schroeder.

BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant Tyler Nollenberger“Like Carl Schroeder, Tyler’s passion is really derived by the ingredients,” said BANKERS HILL co-owner, Terryl Gavre. “At BANKERS HILL, he has the opportunity to interpret the high-end, progressive cuisine of MARKET as a casual, neighborhood restaurant. He has already made a fantastic impression on our regular patrons, who are lauding Tyler’s flavorful dishes.”

Nollenberger moved to the San Diego area in 2010 to accept a position with MARKET. Prior to that, he spent some time in the Midwest, working with Alinea Restaurant in Chicago. A native of Santa Cruz, Calif., Nollenberger attended The Cabrillo School of Hospitality at Cabrillo College in Aptos, Calif.

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Jamba Juice Announces Grand Opening of New El Cajon Store

Jamba JuiceThe leading health and wellness brand to host grand opening event on Saturday, June 25

Getting all of your fruits and vegetables is now a lot more convenient. Jamba Juice, the leading health and wellness brand, has opened a new location in the city of El Cajon, Calif. The new store is located 225 Jamacha Road, Ste 102.

The opening continues Jamba Juice’s rich tradition of providing a wide variety of nutritious and freshly prepared menu selections that are wholesome and healthy.

To celebrate the store’s opening, the public is invited to a grand opening event on Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The first 500 customers can enjoy a complimentary Jamba smoothie (Mango-A-Go-Go or Strawberries Wild).  Guests also have a chance to win free smoothies for an entire year. Jamba’s mascot Banana Man will also be in attendance at the new El Cajon location to greet guests.

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Aperol Cocktails Take Over Happy Hour Menus

BiCE Aperol SpritzAperol cocktails are taking over happy hour menus across the nation this season. With its bitter orange taste, aperol is being mixed with other citrus liqueurs and juices to create sweet and refreshing summer drinks. 

The JRDN Mimosa

The JRDN Mimosa is a refreshing twist on a classic. Made with aperol, St. Germain, orange and Prosecco, this drink is the perfect way to celebrate the weekend.

JRDN (858) 270-5736

723 Felspar St, San Diego, CA 92109

Trust Cocktail #1

If you’re looking for a truly unique aperol cocktail, Hillcrest’s newest sensation TRUST has you covered with the Trust Cocktail #1. Mixologist Juan Sanchez combines dry beefeater gin, aperol, sweet dolin blanc vermouth, lemon and egg white.

Trust (619) 795-6901

3752 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA

Bencotto – Argo Spritz  

Sit outside and take in the sights and sounds of Little Italy while enjoying the fresh and citrusy Argo Spritz at Bencotto. This drink made with citron vodka, St. Germaine, aperol and Prosecco is the perfect summer sipper. $12

Bencotto (619) 450-4786

750 W. Fir St. Suite 103, San Diego, CA

Monello – Sangue Dolce

Monello’s Sangue Dolce or sweet blood in Italian, is a delicious combination of sweet and bitter flavors. A mix of aperol, mango, luzardo bitter, solerno, lime and blood orange soda. $11

Monello (619) 501-0030

750 W. Fir St. Suite 102, San Diego, CA

Bottega Americano – Il Buttero

If you’re looking to spice things up, the Il Buttero at Bottega Americano is the perfect cocktail. Made with serrano infused tequila, aperol, smoky mezcal, lemon and hibiscus honey, this drink will kick start your summer. $12

Bottega Americano (619) 255-7800

1195 Island Ave, San Diego, CA

BiCE – Aperol Spritz

Sip on the Aperol Spritz at BiCE and be whisked away to Italy. This classic Italian cocktail is a thirst-quenching combination of aperol, soda and Prosecco.

BiCE (619) 239-2423

425 Island Ave, San Diego, CA

The Westgate Hotel – La Dolce Vita

Toast the summer sun while sipping on the La Dolce Vita by the pool at the Westgate Hotel. This citrus centric cocktail contains aperol, lime and orange juices, simple syrup and orange bitters. $12 

Westgate Hotel (619) 238-1818

1055 2nd Avenue San Diego, CA

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Children’s Summer Camp at Rancho Valencia

Rancho ValenciaRancho Valencia Resort & Spa‘s enhanced summer camp for children will take place June 25 – August 27 and every Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., children ages 5 – 12 will be able to participate in the resort’s Junior Ranchers Camp with a new theme and different exciting activities everyday. Children can begin their mornings with scavenger hunts, hike and discover Southern California’s critters, make a splash at the pool, hit the tennis courts, compete in Olympic games, stretch in Animal Yoga, and much more.

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Summer Fun At These Local Spots

Summer at Harrah's

Summer at Harrah’s

The first day of summer is here and lucky for San Diego, there are many local spots that will be calling your name come quitting time!

THE LOT | La Jolla Village & Liberty Station | San Diego, Calif.

Baby it’s cold inside: Escape the heat and “chill” in world-class leather recliners and catch the latest summer blockbuster at the THE LOT in La Jolla or at its newest Liberty Station location. The multi-concept space offers San Diego a luxury cinema, restaurant, bar and cafe – all available in one modern and impeccably designed space. Take advantage of the in-theater waiter service and order the chilled pea soup, local seafood ceviche and other delicious cool-down menu items by Chef Matt Sramek. 

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Happy Hour Specials at The New Yorker

The New Yorker Happy HourThey say New York is an expensive place.  The New Yorker in downtown San Diego is battling those claims with a vast offering of new Happy Hour specialties – some straight off the east coast, and some unmistakably California-inspired.  From cleverly crafted cocktails and local drafts to signature eats, the week is filled with specials for each night and any occasion; whether it’s you and the co-workers to watch a game, or to enjoy a historic pizza night with family, The New Yorker welcomes it all!

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Meet the Winemaker Dinner at Bracero

bracero-winemakerExperience culinary perfection as Executive Chef Javier Plascencia and his team pair the finest quality foods with award winning wines in an intimate dinner setting. The winemaker, Jorge Maciel, will be in attendance to present his wines from Cava Maciel.

Jorge Maciel began producing wine as a hobby. As the years went by, this hobby became a passion and gave way to Cava Maciel. Cava Maciel has been creating innovative wines of the highest quality due to their rigorous process of wine making, extracting the best of the grapes.

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Eat Out During Summer Solstice

Summer SolsticeRing in the Summer Solstice in the Sun with These 6 San Diego Eateries

The summer solstice is on June 21st, and there is no better way to spend the longest day of the year than outside in the beautiful San Diego weather! More hours of sun, means more hours for fun and these San Diego restaurants have the perfect outdoor patios and summertime vibes to ring in the season with a bang.

Looking for that casual beach-vibe feel to get your summer celebrations started?  Then The Duck Dive, in the heart of Pacific Beach, is for you!  Enjoy contemporary American cuisine and cool down with local craft brews after a long day on the sand.  The spacious outside patio is the perfect spot to people watch in the sun while sipping on a refreshing Verdita Margarita.

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The Grill Reopens at The Lodge at Torrey Pines


Executive Chef Jeff Jackson Debuts A Reimagined Menu Alongside The Grill’s Expansive New Patio Design

One of Southern California’s most notable AAA Five Diamond hotels, The Lodge at Torrey Pines, announces the reopening of its popular longstanding eatery, The Grill. Following a $2.5 million renovation, The Grill debuts its reinvigorated patio expansion overlooking the iconic Torrey Pines Golf Course, complete with five outdoor fire pit tables, an overhead wooden trellis, craftsman teak furniture that doubles the outside capacity and an alfresco lounge. Alongside Executive Chef Jeff Jackson’s revamped kitchen, The Grill’s highly anticipated new menu sets the stage for both locals and visitors alike.

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Celebrate Authentic Mexican Cuisine

Don ChidoTo celebrate two successful years of serving San Diego authentic, flavor-packed Mexican cuisine, Don Chido is kicking off their anniversary with an entire week of celebrations leading up to the Two Year Anniversary Fiesta, which is open to the public! Located in the heart of the Gaslamp District, Don Chido will be serving a variety of “$2” specials in honor of the restaurant’s “2” year anniversary. 

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Father’s Day Fun For The Whole Family

Father's DayWith Father’s Day approaching on June 19th, we’re excited to share some of San Diego’s greatest dining specials and packages – perfect for the whole family!

Bleu Bohème will celebrate dads with a special ‘Foie-ther’s Day’ menu available exclusively on Sunday, June 19. Owner and Executive Chef Ken Irvine has put together a specialty three-course meal to honor dads, highlighting foie gras in each course. The Foie-ther’s Day menu is priced at $75 per person, with the option to pair a wine with each course for an additional $30. Seating is limited for the holiday dinner and reservations are encouraged by calling 619.255.4167 or visiting

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Summer Soiree at Queenstown Public House

Queenstown Public House 4th of JulyIndependence Day is just around the corner, and Queenstown Public House, a New Zealand-inspired restaurant and bar located in San Diego’s bustling Little Italy neighborhood, announced today a partnership with the Veterans Village San Diego to kickoff its summer giving in support of the San Diego military community. Beginning with a clothing and essentials drive for local veterans and their families, Queenstown will give all patrons who bring items for donation a 10% discount off of their bill, ending July 25, 2016. On July 25, Queenstown Public House will throw a Summer Soiree with food and drink specials from 6pm – 10pm to celebrate San Diego’s local military and present final donations to the Veterans Village San Diego. » Read more

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