Giardino Neighborhood Cucina: A taste of Italy in East County

Dec 30, 2017 530

BY: Michael James Rocha

For Karina Kravalis and Marco Provino, love blossomed over a plate of spaghetti di mare. The seafood dish — a specialty by Provino, a chef — proved to be the key that unlocked Kravalis’ heart.

“This is the pasta that when we started dating, Marco was always making for me,” she says. “I’m a seafood person. He cooked it for me, and then I invited my girlfriends over, and they were like, ‘Oh my god, this is the best pasta in the world. You need to marry this guy.’” Now, the dish — clams, mussels, baby shrimp, calamari in a spicy marinara and white wine sauce — has a prominent place on the menu at Giardino Neighborhood Cucina, the couple’s Italian restaurant in Lemon Grove.

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