Giardino Neighborhood Cucina, the first restaurant concept from married couple and restaurant veterans Karina Kravalis and Marco Provino, will open its doors this fall to the Lemon Grove community, offering Italian-inspired cuisine in a comfortable and relaxing setting.
Marco, the Sicilian born Executive Chef most recently from Osteria Panevino and Osetra, has designed menus that will showcase classic dishes using timeless techniques found throughout Italy. Expect wood fired pizzas, fresh, local seafood, house pastas and sauces, and Italian cured meats and cheeses. Karina, who has an extensive background in the hospitality industry with over a decade of experience, will manage the front of the house and daily operations. She’s also taken on the beverage menu, which will feature wines from well-known regions, as well as local and Italian draft and bottled beers
The design of Giardino, which means garden in Italian, will boast beautiful, yet modest, indoor and outdoor spaces to gather with friends and family. Large, vintage-style floral prints will adorn the walls. Bright and clean accents of white marble will be balanced by iron elements and rustic wood. Cozy side and back patios full of greenery will offer quaint seating for al fresco dining.
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. Like Giardino on Facebook (/GiardinoSD), or follow Giardino’s progress on Instagram (@GiardinoSD).
Located in the middle of Lemon Grove’s charming downtown area, Giardino is a welcoming and casual Italian-inspired cucina where the neighborhood gathers for fresh and flavorful classic dishes found throughout Italy. Its bright, modest interior and friendly service create a relaxing dining experience, while two outdoor patios, daily happy hours and hand selected wine list provide multiple reasons to come back often.
Husband and wife duo Karina Kravalis and Marco Provino come from extensive hospitality backgrounds. Between the two, they’ve worked in nearly every facet of the restaurant industry. Karina has over a decade of operational and managerial experience, while Marco has been cooked in top kitchens in both Italy and San Diego. It’s been their dream to own a neighborhood eatery, and what better place to open their first concept then in their own community of Lemon Grove.