Embracing the beauty of simplicity, a new eatery in Mission Hills is taking the “farm-to-fork” culinary trend and transforming it into a necessity here to stay. Located on Washington Street, Farmer’s Bottega is where the food is as organic as the vintage, reclaimed décor.
Owner, Chef Alberto Morreale is no stranger to culinary creations that are as delicious as they are nutritious, also co-owning and operating San Diego’s Fig Tree Cafés in Hillcrest and Liberty Station. Staying true to his Sicilian roots, Morreale has created a unique menu, blending traditional Italian and modern-American cuisines into one-of-a-kind dishes. Running his restaurant on the motto, “Food doesn’t need to be complicated, but it’s important to know where it comes from,” Morreale dedicates his time to finding healthy, organic produce from local farms as well as cage-free, hormone-free meats.
Whether you start off the morning with the hearty Short Rib Benedict, made with poached eggs resting on a mound of slow-roasted short ribs and house-made focaccia bread with chipotle hollandaise, or end the night with the mouthwatering Oxtail Ravioli, stuffed with cherry tomatoes, caramelized onion, herbed goat cheese and short rib, the combination of sweet and savory flavors will please every taste bud at all hours of the day. You’ll find their vast selection of tender dishes, such as Pork Belly Tacos, Grilled Octopus, Lamp Carpaccio, Wild Boar Sausage Risotto, Stuffed Quail, and House-made Meatballs, are equally as mouth-melting. Vegetarian and gluten free alternatives are also available. For example, the Watermelon Salad, Roasted Beets, Portobello Napoleon, and Caprese Sandwich, just to name a few.
Upon entering the intimate eatery, the vintage décor creates a rustic ambiance like that of a real farmhouse. From a treadle sewing machine to a 40-year-old table-top recovered from the ocean, this warm details of this restaurant radiate authenticity. The Edison bulbs, dimly glowing from iron chandeliers and hallowed wine barrels, produce a welcoming and familiar atmosphere.