MAMMA MIA!! Dinner & Language Lesson Sunday September 21st @ 6:00 pm Immerse yourself in a night of traditional Italian life. Come enjoy a traditional seven course meal and receive an hour long lesson in Italian conversation. Dinner will be prepared by executive chef Cinzia. Italian instruction will be provided by Alessandra, university instructor. MENU BRUSCHETTA DELLA CASA Homemade toasted bread topped w/ tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella and oregano PANZEROTTI Our best seller: deep fried pizza dough filled w/ tomatoes, mozzarella, and prosciutto INSALATA MISTA Mixed greens with tomatoes and homemade Italian dressing RAVIOLI INNAMORATI Jumbo ricotta ravioli in a creamy wallnut gorgonzola sauce GNOCCHI CIAO BELLA Best in California: homemade potato gnocchi in an Aurora sauce CANNELLONI ALLA CONTADINA Homemade cannelloni w/ sausage in a marinara and besciamella sauce TIRAMISU A homemade favorite BEVANDE A glass of White and a glass of Red, soft drinks and water Price 40$ per person, tips and taxes incluted Mamma Mia Italian Restaurant 1932 Balboa Ave., San Diego, CA 92109 Reservations required: 858-272-2702 / email@example.com For more info visit www.cinziascookingclass.com
Hidden gem- never went here when it was the French branded place... Always thought it was too basic (just crepes didn't appeal to me) - when it changed names, it still didn't seem to appealing - babbo grande sounded a bit clownish. But hey, when I saw the $5 weekday breakfast and lunch and dinner options, I thought maybe I should give it a shot. Well one weekend came around and a friend said it was good, so what the heck: we were hungry and it was close. Things I love: 1. It's big! We've been twice and no wait to be seated. 2. Great outdoor patios, side patio especially quiet. 3. Bring your dog to the outdoor seating area! 4. Fast fast very friendly service 5. Delish full breakfast for $7 ! Only negative and doesn't warrant a star reduction: iced tea is not fresh brewed and has that off taste when it comes from the soda fountain - ick. Overall the best breakfast spot in Hillcrest on an overall basis. The Mission is close, but not nearly as comfortable and longer waits. Hash House is good but very long waits and service has deteriorated (see separate review). We've been twice and we'll be back frequently. Please though, better iced tea. That is all.
I was shocked to read the previous review from 2009 of the guy who says this is not a good place... I feel bad for his unfortunate experience but I was logging on to express how thankful we are for this restaurant being here in this neighborhood. We have lived on Mt Abbey Ave for 10 years and have eaten at Giovanni's to many times to count! We have NEVER had a BAD meal... maybe a few average ones, but most time the food has been excellent! Service has always been acceptable, but who hasn't ever had an off day! I only wish this guy had not responded with haste to write such a scathing review... there is zero doubt in my mind that the owner would have made it right and he would still be dining there 2 years later! The outcome would have been one of good feelings rather than a nasty attitude. I owned a restaurant 35 years ago in Michigan and clearly remember several occations that unhappy customers let me know and I made it right, ending up with long time happy customers and friends. Oh well, some will, some won't, so what? We love the place! DouglasCHoover
Are you looking for Old World charm with candle lit tables hiding in dark, secluded grotto's? Don't look here. Are you're looking for an Italian resturant that smacks of the 1960s with checkered table cloths, an air conditioner perched over the entrance dripping water, and very good entrees? Then this is for you! One thing i look for is value for my dollar, and Sanfilippo's delivers. Their sauce is tangy with tomatos and spices. I typically order the Chicken Caccitorre (sp?) dinner, and have some left over for tomorrow. Their garden dining area is great for the smokers in your posse. You'll hear all about Filippo's Pizza Grotto in Little Italy, but don't bother. It's become a tourist trap, waiting lines are long, and it's high priced for what you get. Avoid that crap, and go to Sanfilippo's on Fifth Ave. You and your wallet will be glad you did.
I had a fantastic dining experience here last night in Little Italy! Every bite I had was delicious, from the lobster ravioli to the tiramisu, which tasted like a cloud of heaven in my mouth. In fact, the tiramisu was the best I have ever had. My friend ordered a pepperoni pizza which was cooked to perfection. We sat on the patio and had a view of the art walk too! Overall all my favorite part of my experience was the staff - I felt a genuine positive vibe from everyone that passed by our table. Service was prompt, courteous and inviting. I hear they have live music on Sundays (and I think Thursdays?)... I will definitely be going back!
Wonderful Italian food--this place has been here forever! The pizza, calzones, torpedo sandwiches, pasta, and dinners are wonderful. I'm fond of the triple pasta sampler (lasagna, spaghetti, cheese & meat ravioli) with a calzone "for dessert" to take home for breakfast. It was the best calzone I've ever had. The dinners come with minestrone soup, salad, and bread. The eggplant and chicken dishes are great too. They are in the next mall West of the movie theatre and I-15 closer to Black Mountain Road. It would be perfect for date night if they just had an accordion player.
Amazing Italian restaurant located at the north end of little Italy. We sat in the more casual dining section booth (there is also a little more formal with dark wood paneling section). So cozy and comfortable. Our waitress was friendly and very attentive. We had the special pizza for the night which had proccuito and basil and tomatoes and just was wow! We started with the garlic toast and antipasto salad which were both flavorful and generous. Ended the meal with homemade tiramisu and spumoni ice cream. Highly recommend.
Saw this place on Diners,Drive ins and Dives, and knew i had to try it. Wonderful pizza. Not the best i've had, but there is nothing wrong with it. If it were cooked in a coal fired oven and made with bufala mozzarella, it could be perfect. I also love basil on pizza, and they didn't have it on their menu. Besides all that, its better than almost anything else you can get in san diego, and how crowded it gets kinda proves that. Good prices also, just remember to bring cash, no credit cards here.
I went there last night and got the spaghetti with meatballs and a couple Perroni beers, it turned out to be a great move as I had walked by this place a couple times and never really tried it...The meatballs were cooked to perfection and tasted amazing, without the pasta being overcooked or too al dente-- Id highly recommend this spot to anyone looking for a solid meal at a reasonable price.
The food here is superb. I can't go on enough about it. I'm a creature of habit so I normally stick with just a few menu items. Easy favorite dish is the Penne Salmone. I have never had anything like it. The staff is friendly and helpful, and the open kitchen let's visitors connect with their food. Good jazz and blues nights weekly. Something fun to break from the norm.