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Monello Captures Italian Spirit

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Pasta Carbonara (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Monello’s design and decor mirrors a typical Milanese eatery complete with the downtown vibe of the San Diego bay and the familiar Italian neighborhood.

Lupini Beans (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Sophisticated, modern and rustic-chic, Chef Fabrizio Cavallini says it is one of the few Italian restaurants that dares to serve traditional home-cooking in a modern urban setting, similar to a restaurant you would find in Milano, Italy. “We undressed Italian dining of its obsolete and stereotypical look and taste,” he says. “We had a new menu in mind, our tradition is so rich. But we had no room for it at our Bencotto restaurant. So when the space next door became available, our heads were exploding with ideas after Valentina and Guido’s trip to Italy. When they go there, they eat twenty-four-seven and come back with a ton of new ideas.”

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Mexican Cuisine at Don Chido

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This stylish eatery in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter showcases regionally influenced, handcrafted Mexican cuisine that features locally sourced and quality fresh ingredients. An authentic Santa Maria grill is designed to cook mouth-watering, wood-fired meats and other dishes. To further tease the palette, they offer a rustic selection of local wines from Mexico and Spain along with a progressive variety of infused tequilas and regional mezcals. Don Chido combines a classic, home-style Mexican cuisine with a stylishly diverse and electric atmosphere that delivers a distinctive lunch, dinner, and late-night dining experience!

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Italian Inspired Bottega Americano

Italian Inspired Bottega Americano
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Located inside the Thomas Jefferson School of Law directly across the street from the city’s new Central Library in San Diego’s East Village, Bottega Americano is an Italian–inspired restaurant and specialty food marketplace that invites guests to dine in a fun and exciting dining hall.

Together, there are four notable Bottega owners who bring to life a new genre of dining inspired by old–world European style, including Giuseppe Ciuffa, founder and CEO of Giuseppe Fine Restaurants & Fine Catering; avid foodie, investor and East Village resident Chad Ruyle; restaurateurGreg Van de Velde, who most recently managed the iconic Bertrand at Mister A’s restaurant; and noted chef David Warner, formerly of San Diego’s beachfront hotspot JRDN. “My partners and I had a strong vision for the project from the beginning,” says Ciuffa. “Chef Warner and I work together with our culinary team on all of the menu ideas. So instead of having just one chef with only one vision, we are inspired by many different tastes, trends and experiences.”

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Authentic Mexican Taco Shop

Authentic Mexican Taco ShopLocals are going loco for the brand new taquería, The Taco Stand (La Jolla), with an additional location recently opened on B Street in the heart of downtown.

Your Baja adventure starts as soon as you step through the entrance of this fast-casual eatery. To your left, you will be greeted by a mural by the well-known, Tijuana artist “Art Pusher,” that features a Latin accordionist. To your right, you’ll find a scrap-metal, rectangular enclosure that displays the menu in bright colors, designed to resemble an authentic, south-of-the-border stand.

The Taco Stand’s menu is inspired traditional recipes found along the Baja coast, featuring top-grade meats, handmade tortillas and fresh guacamole and salsa made from scratch, daily.  Order at the counter and indulge in dishes such as the Sonora Taco, with 100% certified Angus beef, melted cheese, beans guacamole, onions, cilantro and salsa. Or go vegetarian with the Nopal Taco, filled with flame grilled cactus. The Taco Stand not only serves up appetizing tacos, but also has a large selection of burritos, quesadillas and breakfast options. If you’re in the mood for something light, try the Pescado Burrito filled with grilled Mahi Mahi or if you arrive with a bigger appetite, try the Al Pastor Burrito loaded with Rotisserie marinated pork, cilantro, onions, cilantro sauce and pineapple.

It’s no secret that Southern California is the best place to find genuine Mexican food and The Taco Stand doesn’t miss any details. Pair your meal with an ice cold, imported Mexican cerveza. And if you’re able to find more room in your stomach, enjoy a Mexican flavored popsicle or a freshly made Rosarito-style churro.

From its spicy design to its top-grade meats and hand-made tortillas, The Taco Stand is bringing a whole lot of culture to the downtown area. With another location to open in Encinitas in the next few months.

The Taco Stand Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Visit Loews Coronado Bay Resort

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Visit Loews Coronado Bay Resort

Loews Coronado Bay Resort has the room you need!

Rooms Renovation Completes Hotel’s Multi-Year and Multi-Million Dollar Transformation

Loews Coronado Bay Resort debuted all new guestrooms completing a multi-million dollar redesign that encompassed the lobby, restaurants, public spaces, meeting space, corridors and guestroom bathrooms. Taking full advantage of the resort’s waterfront location, the new design artfully combines San Diego’s sun and surf with the casual elegance of an oceanfront home.

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333 Pacific Healthy Eating

333 Pacific Offers Healthy Menu
Vegetable Quiche (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Oceanside’s 333 Pacific is North County’s best upscale dining destination, complete with a breathtaking view of Southern California’s shoreline from every seat in the house. A stellar California coastal menu effectively highlights local seasonal ingredients and wholesome preparations that are executed with meticulous care. Diners have a variety of options to choose from, including raw bar and sushi offerings, soups, salads, pasta, seafood, steaks, chops and vegetarian choices. “We have a number of purveyors who we source from local farms,” Executive Chef Brian Hyre said. “During the summer months, we even have a guy who grows special vegetables and herbs just for us.” 333pacific.com

Read more about 333 Pacific in the ‘Food Lovers’ Guide to San Diego‘ and get Chef Hyre’s recipe for Black Trumpet Mushroom Encrusted Lamb Sirloin in my new book: ‘San Diego Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes From America’s Finest City.’

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