As a leader in San Diego’s culinary landscape for the last seventeen years, celebrated proprietor, restaurateur and interior designer Tracy Borkum’s CUCINA enoteca is a beautiful two-story, 7,000 sq ft restaurant and wine shop located in Del Mar’s Flower Hill Promenade.
The exceptional culinary team is led by Executive Chef Joe Magnanelli, who combines the flavors of Italy with the organic freshness of California. Keeping in line with the signature CUCINA experience, the modern Italian kitchen-meets-rustic-farmhouse concept presents guests with the same highly curated “restaurant to retail” environment found in their existing locations. Offering diners nearly everything for sale, including the customized furniture, lighting and décor, CUCINA enoteca Del Mar also features a dedicated wine shop where guests can purchase hand-selected wines at retail price, either to enjoy with their meal or take to go.
Other highlights of the restaurant include a second story open-air deck overlooking the surrounding neighborhood. This beautiful space serves as an outdoor lounge where guests can linger over handcrafted specialty cocktails, the most extensive selection of hard-to-find Italian artisan beers in the city, as well as fine wines and lighter options to enjoy in a relaxed setting. Downstairs, dramatic ceilings provide an abundance of natural light, welcoming those who wish to enjoy a more intimate dining experience.
The sky-high shelves at CUCINA enoteca cover an entire wall, creating an atmosphere of a bona fide gallery. The wine list is comprised of a balanced and carefully curated selection of familiar names as well as more rare and esoteric small-batch gems—promising something for everyone from the novice taster to the seasoned oenophile.
In addition, if guests are inspired by their surroundings while dining at the restaurant, everything can be ordered immediately from a menu at the host stand.