My wife and I have been eating at Trupiano's restaurants for six years. Dominic, the father, runs the harbor one, and each of his two sons run the others. The Harbor one is the best! Mom's spaghetti sauce is a tasty family recipe, and the meals are always ITALIAN!!! -- I put that in caps because my wife is Italian and prides herself on being able to tell if an Italian restaurant is good by the way it smells when you walk in the front door. Since this one is right at harbor side, the fresh air may dilute the odor of garlic and tomato if you eat at one of the outside tables, but walk in the door and be prepared for a treat. My wife says she must eat pasta at least once a week or languish perilously close to death. Her grandmother used to make pasta from scratch (I never quite understood that phrasing...we are Jewish and my mom could boil water and drop in the spaghetti with the best of them!) but she grew up with pasta and sauce and says that Dominic's is almost like from her childhood. The arrabiata is not too spicy and I could just sit there and dunk bread into it all night. However, that would not be the most nutritious thing to do. My wife loves all of the things on their menu and vowed six years ago that she would eat her way down the left side of the menu one item at a time each time we went there till she reached the bottom of the right side. Alas, she found some favorites and started repeating herself and we are a few years behind in our quest for the bottom of the right side of the menu. I'm a Vegan. I don't eat animal - no dairy, meat, fish, cheese, eggs, etc. Yet, I am delighted to eat at Dominic's as their eggplant sandwich (w/o the parmigiana on a roll with lots and lots and lots of tomato sauce satisfies me no end! This is a family business. Say "hello" to Dominic when you're there.
This has become our favorite Italian restaurante in North County San Diego. The atmosphere is quaint and small, and the owner always greets you and visits before your meal. The chicken marsala is as good as I have had anywhere. Their deserts are to die for. You can also get espresso if you like! Highly recommended!!!
We were here from Iowa and worn out from being on vaca and just wanted to order in like at home. The ziti and fettucine alfredo were delicious and we even ordered dessert. The delivery was prompt and the food was hot. Next time we come here we will visit the restaurant and eat there. Leona and Martha