San Diego’s tasty Italian invasion marches on with three new spots

Oct 18, 2019 176

BY: Michele Parente

This has been a banner year — a green, white and red banner, to be exact — for Italian food in San Diego. Seemingly every month has been marked by the opening of another impressive Italian eatery. The mini boom started earlier in the year with Cesarina in Point Loma, Ciccia Osteria in Barrio Logan, Il Dandy in Bankers Hill, and later Il Dandy’s single-table restaurant-within-a-restaurant Arama.

More recently, San Diego saw the arrivals of Siamo Napoli in North Park, RoVino The Foodery in the East Village, Blade 1936 in Oceanside, and Semola in the Little Italy Food Hall. That’s a lot of 00 flour being imported. The restaurants show the diversity of Italian styles and regional cuisine. They are rustic and elevated, traditional and modern, fast-casual and rooted in the slow-food movement.

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