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Taste of Italy at Giardino Neighborhood Cucina

Eggplant Rolls, Bruschetta with tomato, garlic, red onion, oregano, basil, and shaved parmesan, and sliced Prosciutto.

Giardino Neighborhood Cucina is a true family-owned and operated restaurant in Lemon Grove. Not only do owners Marco Provino and wife Karina Kravalis work in the restaurant, but they also live in the neighborhood. Provino helms the kitchen, while Kravalis runs the front of the house, with each taking the time to personally greet every guest that walks through the door. “We both come from hospitality backgrounds, and liked the appeal of a neighborhood restaurant that was away from the hustle and bustle of working downtown,” says Kravalis. “We also noticed there weren’t too many sit-down, family-style eateries in Lemon Grove, so we dove in!”

Steak Siciliano: 12 oz boneless ribeye with crusted  bread, and seasonal vegetables

A labor or love, Provino and Kravalis built everything in the restaurant by hand, with little outside help. Provino built the tables and put up the exterior wood paneling, which transformed the space, and brought it to life. Kravalis handpicked the plates, glassware, décor, and her favorite vintage floral wallpaper from Italy. A small private room in the back of the restaurant, where the pasta is made, is also available for intimate events and celebrations. “The space feels cozy and welcoming, which is how we want everyone to feel,” says Kravalis .

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Buona Forchetta Announces Non-Profit Restaurant

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Buona Forchetta Signs Lease for Former Rebecca’s in South Park, Transforming Space into Breakfast Restaurant & Italian Bakery to Benefit Public Schools 

Matteo first fell in love with South Park as a recent transplant from Italy, when he and his wife purchased a home in the neighborhood and invested in a small corner lot with the intention of opening an intimate trattoria like those found in his hometown – a place that emphasized simple, fresh ingredients, a welcoming family-friendly ethos, and an approachable space that invited patrons to linger and connect, unhurried.

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Social Seafood at Waterbar

Lobster Roll

If a breathtakingly coastal venue is on the docket on a sunny San Diego day, look no further than Waterbar, a recent and highly anticipated addition to San Diego’s eclectic coastal community of Pacific Beach. Slinging a “social seafood” menu to pair with the restaurant’s unparalleled ocean views, this SoCal spot boasts seafood classics such as  Oysters on the Half Shell in addition to their own take on coastal favorites, such as Lobster Roll, Island Tuna Poke, and cornmeal-crusted Fried Calamari. Aside from its tapas-inspired menu, Waterbar’s layout is indicative of its social dining focus, featuring a thoughtful layout crafted to encourage conversation and intimacy for all party sizes.

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Finding Caesar Salads For The Ides of March

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“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears!” March 15th, or more widely known as the Ides of March, marks a major turning point in Roman history, so why not honor Julius Caesar in a way that pays remembrance while also quelling your hunger? Head to these San Diego restaurants serving up the city’s best Caesar salads for a proper tribute to this important day!

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Juniper & Ivy Debuts Family Meal

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Four years in as a tour de force in the ever-changing San Diego culinary landscape, Juniper & Ivy is proud to debut its new Family Meal.

Inspired by omakase-style dining (a Japanese term loosely translated as “I’ll leave it up to you”), Family Meal is intended to showcase Executive Chef Anthony Wells and Chef de Cuisine Masa Kojima’s whimsical creativity through a family-style (versus à la carte) tasting menu of four to six courses served in a larger than typical format at the Little Italy restaurant.

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Mavericks Beach Club Opens In Pacific Beach

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Pacific Beach has a reason to get the party started! Mavericks Beach Club is officially open for business. The coastal-close, 15,000-square-foot indoor and outdoor venue has taken over the former Pacific Beach Bar and Grill at 860 Garnet Avenue. Mavericks is poised to be a top party destination for locals and visitors alike.

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Chef Aims To Please At Primavera Ristorante

Carciofi al Burro: Grilled artichoke hearts, lemon beurre blanc sauce.

Located in the heart of Coronado Island, Primavera Ristorante serves exceptional innovative Northern Italian cuisine, inspired by the fresh ingredients and flavors of San Diego.

Insalata di Pera: Bosch pear, gorgonzola, glazed walnuts, endive & radicchio, balsamic reduction, herb vinaigrette.

Committed to using the best local produce and locally caught fish, Executive Chef Ryan Moore prepares classic Italian dishes that have been consistent throughout the years. “We’ve evolved by creating new dishes, keeping the menu fresh and new, yet still executing our most popular dishes,” he says. “We’re also starting to offer more specialty prix fixe menus for the holidays.”

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The Habit Burger Grill Offers Free Charburgers

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Beginning February 22nd,  and through the end of March, The Habit Restaurants, Inc. is giving all existing and new CharClub members a free Charburger with cheese.

The Habit CharClub is a free program that offers member-only perks, including access to exclusive grand opening and local store events, a special Habit Burger treat on your birthday, advanced notice and first-hand information about new menu items and limited time offerings, and more.

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Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival

Following last year’s sold out event, the Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival in partnership with the San Diego Brewers Guild will return for its sixth year running on Friday, March 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. Taking place throughout the two levels of The Abbey on Fifth Avenue, a historic 10,000-square foot venue, this 21+ event will showcase a range of San Diego breweries and Bankers Hill restaurants alongside pop-up galleries of local artists’ works, and is expected to draw more than 500 attendees.

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The Taco Stand Opens in North Park

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San Diego’s staple taco haven and local favorite, The Taco Stand, recently opened in North Park. Inhabiting the space that previously housed Tacos Perla, this is the fourth location for the San Diego based brand with a cult-like following. Known for its house made, made to order corn tortillas, and rotisserie-marinated pork for their Al Pastor, this taqueria will boast the same Tijuana-inspired décor exhibited by its other three locations, making North Park residents the lucky recipients of yet another culinary gem in the neighborhood’s foodie enclave. In addition to its mainstay menu, this location will also offer several beers on tap to pair with the eatery’s flavorsome food – a feature that is only found in the Encinitas location, currently.

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March Movie Night At Park 101

March signals the start of Spring Break for many of the schools in San Diego, and parents are most-likely searching for activities to keep the little ones busy throughout their week-long break. Park 101, located in Carlsbad, has got  just the solution!

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Literary Tea At The Westgate Hotel

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The Westgate Hotel to Host Acclaimed Author, Mark Sarvas, at Champagne Literary Tea

The Westgate Hotel will host its first Literary Tea of the year where guests are invited to delight in a three-course afternoon tea in the company of the highly acclaimed author, Mark Sarvas. Celebrate Mark’s second book, Memento Park, the story of a son who begins to unravel the story of his father after he acquires a mysterious piece of art. This breathtaking narrative will not only have audiences considering family history and father-son dynamics but also the nature of art itself, and the infinite ways we come to understand ourselves through it.

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Oggi’s Seasonal Flatbreads

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Oggi’s Sports | Brewhouse | Pizza, the concept that has defined craft brewing, fresh pizza, and brewpub favorites in a sports-themed atmosphere for the past 26 years, has launched a new selection of seasonal flatbreads. Joining the current lineup of flatbreads on Oggi’s menu are four new options, ranging from a breakfast-themed variation, along with a unique dessert offering.

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