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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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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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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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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Arterra Restaurant Goes Global

New Executive Chef Evan Cruz Shares Flavors of His World Travels in A Seasonally-Driven Small Plates Menu

Arterra Restaurant Goes Global
Grilled Spanish Octopus (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Arterra Restaurant and Outdoor Lounge, which specializes in contemporary, seasonal cuisine and blending the best flavors from around the world, is putting itself back on the map with a new innovative menu, exciting events and plenty of music.

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New Bob’s Steak And Chop House


Omni La Costa Resort & Spa Welcomes Iconic American Prime Steakhouse

Omni La Costa Resort & Spa announces the opening of Bob’s Steak & Chop House, the traditional American Prime Steakhouse which will debut its first southern California location at the resort in June 2016.

“Bob’s is recognized as one of the best steakhouses in the country, known for serving large cuts of prime steaks and chops and the finest seafood, as well as a lively atmosphere and exceptional service, making it a mouth-watering addition to the North County dining scene,” said Gary Sims, managing director of Omni La Costa Resort & Spa. “The portions are large, the drinks are big, and everything from the perfectly seasoned prime filet to the decadent peanut butter and chocolate brownie sundae will leave guests ready to come back for more.”

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New Pacific Standard Coastal Kitchen

Pacific Standard Little ItalyLittle Italy Welcomes New Coastal-Influenced Dining Destination Helmed By Executive Chef Giselle Wellman  

Pacific Standard – Coastal Kitchen is the first restaurant collaboration between Southern California-based hotelier T2 and restaurant developers, New School Consulting. Anchoring Little Italy’s northern end at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Hawthorn Street, Pacific Standard’s 4,100 square-foot build out will breathe new life into the site of one of the neighborhood’s most distinctive landmarks: the iconic art-deco restaurant complex that was long emblazoned by the glowing neon lights of the city’s former ‘Fat City’ and ‘China Camp’ restaurants. Slated to open early July, Pacific Standard will uphold the building’s exterior art-deco architectural influence while introducing a more modern, airy atmosphere with the addition of two expansive outdoor patios, which boast views of the San Diego bay and harbor. 

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