When we arrived in San Diego on our short trip to southern California we immediately went to our old “living room” - Cucina Basilico. Classic Italian food made completely in-house with care. It was also great to see Francesca and Danilo again (and we are glad the restaurant survived the pandemic)
It was great as always - hopefully we will now have the chance to come down more often
As always you start with their warm, freshly baked rolls
Rustic salame and mortadella
Polpette with their marinara sauce
Pork ossobuco with porcini risotto
Ravioli filled with spinach
Mushroom casarecce with pesto and sausage
Semifreddo with marsala raisin and berry reduction
Vanilla panna cotta
Tiramisu (still our gold standard)
Thanks for the entry! So nice to see some discussion of San Diego spots. This is a new one form us, so I added it to the list. We really enjoy fresh pasta. Our go to has been Piacero Mio in South Park, but that lunch menu intrigues me. So many places have stopped lunch service. I find it a great way to check out new spots on a budget.
Piacere Mio was also always nice but tended to have quite underwhelming service (very rushed and forgetting dishes). We never tried Cucina Basilico for lunch - would be interesting to hear if the paninis are also good
They have a 2nd location in an out-of-the-way and hard to access strip mall on the border between San Diego and La Mesa. It’s pretty good and always hits the spot.