The exciting opening of Giardino Neighborhood Cucina, the casual Italian eatery opening in the community of Lemon Grove, is right around the corner. The first restaurant concept from industry veterans and married couple Marco Provino and Karina Kravalis will open Friday, Nov. 17, serving inspired Italian cuisine in a beautiful and welcoming setting.
As Lemon Grove residents, Provino and Kravalis saw an opportunity to bring a welcoming eatery to the neighborhood; where one can relax over a good meal and great glass of wine. The menu features classic and inspired dishes using timeless Italian techniques. From pasta and pizza, to steaks and seafood, there’s something for everyone and at an approachable price point.
“With our backgrounds in hospitality, opening a restaurant was inevitable,” said Kravalis. “As residents of Lemon Grove, we couldn’t be more excited to open our first restaurant in such a great community.”
Guests will find approachable, seasonally-driven plates that bring on nostalgia, including housemade breads and desserts. A selection of Antipasti start the menu off with Eggplant Rolls stuffed with ricotta, parmesan, mozzarella and tomato sauce, Crab and Pepper Stuffed Mushrooms in an herb and white wine sauce, and a delicate Steamed Mussels and Clams with garlic and cherry tomatoes. Next are Giardino’s Wood-Fired Pizzas, which will come from a custom-built wood-fired oven. The Chef pizza looks to awaken all the taste buds with mascarpone cheese, pancetta, spinach, fig jam and shaved parmesan, while the signature Giardinofeatures seasonal garden vegetables, tomato and burrata.
Pastas are comforting and traditional, like Fettucini Carbonara and Linguine Vongole, but with a slight upgrade from Provino, like Penne with Wild Boar Sausage, peas, diced tomato, vodka cream sauce and shaved parmesan. Entrees also hit every note with Provino’s Pork Belly Roll stuffed with spinach, mozzarella, pancetta, fresh garden herbs in a mushroom sauce and mashed potatoes, Pistachio Crusted Salmon with spinach risotto and a mustard chardonnay cream sauce, as well as Cioppino with mussels, clams, fish, baby shrimp and calamari in a lobster tomato broth.
Giardino is located at 8131 Broadway in Lemon Grove, and will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, as well as weekend brunch. For more information, please visit www.GiardinoSD.com.