Bracero Becomes Romesco Mexiterranean Cocina

Bracero Co-Founder Luis Pena (courtesy photo)

Co-founder of Little Italy’s Bracero Cocina de Raiz, Luis Pena enjoys a change of scenarios and new challenges in the kitchen. This “switch-it-up” mentality, along with the support of his dedicated clientele has inspired him to accept the transformation of Bracero restaurant to Romesco Mexiterranean Cocina. Early June Pena will bring the same taste, style and atmosphere of his 13-year-old renowned Bonita restaurant, Romesco Mexiterranean Bistro, to downtown San Diego.

Romesco Mexiterranean Cocina will offer an inspired fusion of Mexican flavors, along with those of many Mediterranean countries. With this revamped menu, guests will enjoy a wide variety of dishes.

“What we are looking for is to provide more choices for our diners,” says Pena during a tasting, when he presented his culinary proposal. “With a vast menu full of tapas including tacos, tostadas, pastas and a wide variety of entrees both from Mexico and the Mediterranean, there will be many more options for everyone to enjoy. Paella will also play a big role in the kitchen. I am confident that Romesco will be a perfect fit.” Romesco Mexiterranean Cocina will continue with its long running tradition of Table Side Cesar Salad service as well.

Chef’s Eduardo Covarrubias and Adan Tintos will be presenting dishes from Mediterranean countries such as Spain, Italy, Greece and France. Romesco will present a touch of traditional and youthful flavors as it seeks to please a wider range of palates. Of course, Romesco will retain some of Bracero’s popular signature items, along with adding a host of exciting new choices.

In the same way, Romesco will incorporate a change in atmosphere to reflect a more relaxed setting. The downstairs section of the restaurant will feature a casual tapas bar, complete with Spanish bullfighting décor, while the upstairs will remain for a more formal sit-down dinner experience. Daily specials will also be introduced. Tuesdays will be famous for half off on all tapas after 4:00 p.m., and “Wine Down” Wednesdays will offer 50 percent off bottles of California and Baja-region wines. 

Agave spirits will still be the main protagonist for the bar program, but with added inspiration from Mediterranean classics with a twist. Wine selections will feature mostly Baja and California selections but Spain will also play a big role. And what a refreshing surprise is in store with stellar Mexico microbrews taking part in the celebration!

The goal of the new Romesco Mexiterranean Cocina is to bring the wonderful flavors of our neighbors down south together with the Mediterranean culinary culture in San Diego’s unique neighborhood of Little Italy.