Italian Restaurants in La Mesa


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Owner and head chef Francesco Basile cut his culinary teeth as a young boy in his native Sicily, peeling potatoes and cleaning fish for traditional family feasts. After graduating from culinary school, Francesco broadened his skills and palate, mastering meals of hand-rolled pappardelle at Italian resorts and learning to craft mouthwatering feasts of Italian-American fare at bustling restaurants in southern California. By opening Antica Trattoria in 2001, he built a business dedicated to cooking with fresh ingredients and celebrating simple, traditional Italian dishes, enrapturing diners with meals of veal scaloppini, melted brie with figs jam, and seafood stews swimming in tomato-herb broth. Together with right-hand-cook Eric Ruiz, Francesco changes his menu with the seasons, delivering seafood plates tinged with the aroma of fresh herbs and fennel in the spring and walnut cream sauces and pumpkin ravioli in the autumn. The restaurant exudes a rustic, timeless charm, with walls of bare brick decorated with tops of wooden wine crates and colorful murals of idyllic Italian countryscapes. A towering china hutch in the rear dining area evokes images of a grandmother's kitchen, and an elegant marble-topped wine bar brings forth memories of a grandmother's secret speakeasy, inviting diners to sample tasty digestifs of fine vino from across Italy and the Pacific coast.
5654 Lake Murray Blvd
La Mesa,
CA
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Since the 1960s, Nonno's Italian Restaurant has remained La Mesa's hub for classic Italian dishes and gourmet pizzas. Executive Chef Gerardo Ortiz continues the eatery's tradition with artfully plated entrees, such as eggplant parmesan and smoked wild salmon coated with vermouth cream sauce. Chef Ortiz crafts his lasagnas entirely from-scratch, layering noodles with Italian sausage and beef or, for vegetarians and cockeyed sailors preparing for a bout of fisticuffs, spinach and ricotta. Gerardo likewise makes his pizza dough and sauce in-house daily, covering them with real mozzarella and a choice of nearly 20 toppings, including meatballs and asparagus. To complement Gerardo's cuisine, Nonno's stocks an extensive wine selection that diners can enjoy by the glass or bottle.
5314 Baltimore Dr
La Mesa,
CA
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The hair-pampering pros at The Haircutters have trimmed locks and transformed outmoded manes for more than a quarter of a century. Unlike many salons, in which shampooing is a separate service, the team starts off every haircut and style by treating scalps to suds with handfuls of professional products from top brands such as Biolage and American Crew. Apart from the signature shampoo-and-cuts, the staff at The Haircutters also offers color and texturizing services. Redken color camp for men gets hombres’ heads looking good, and spiral perms cascade with curls. Devoted to client convenience, The Haircutters welcomes walk-ins seven days a week.
8011 University Ave
La Mesa,
CA
US
Swing into the casual eatery elegance of Trattoria Tiramisu, where the crowd is unpretentious, the wine list is extensive, and the menu properly represents Pangaea's lost boot. The multi-regional Italian flavors shine through traditional plates such as mozzarella caprese comprised of fresh mozza, sliced tomato, basil, and extra virgin olive oil ($9.50). Meatier dishes include sliced pork loin dressed in rosemary, sage, and juniper-berry Chianti sauce ($17.50), and the ocean-emptying linguine frutti di mare served up with black mussels, clams, scallops, calamari, and shrimp ($18.50). Eating your fingers is gross, but eating ladyfingers laced with espresso and marscapone cheese is traditional tiramisu ($6).
8273 La Mesa Blvd
La Mesa,
CA
US
Reserve a table for two! Pietro's Cucina Italiana and Pizza specializes in intimate Italian cuisine for those looking to add some romance to dinner. Both low-fat and gluten-free options are available here. Pietro's Cucina Italiana and Pizza also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question. Parents, bring your kids along to Pietro's Cucina Italiana and Pizza, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience. Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Pietro's Cucina Italiana and Pizza can seat both large and small groups. Reservations are available, so give the restaurant a call before you head over for the fastest seating. No need to put on airs for a trip to Pietro's Cucina Italiana and Pizza — the dress code and ambience at this pizzeria are totally laid-back. The pizzeria has catering services as well. If time is of the essence, Pietro's Cucina Italiana and Pizza's take-out option may be a better fit. Patrons have access to free parking in the neighboring lot. A mid-priced establishment, Pietro's Cucina Italiana and Pizza offers meals that typically cost about $30 or less.
8378 Parkway Dr
La Mesa,
CA
US
A pasta-lover's paradise, Sanfilippo's Pizza is the perfect place to see and be seen — this chic restaurant serves Italian food with a twist. Gluten-free and low-fat eaters will enjoy the menu at Sanfilippo's Pizza. Find time to peruse the wine list here — Sanfilippo's Pizza offers a variety of drink options. Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at Sanfilippo's Pizza. Score quick and easy seating for your large group at Sanfilippo's Pizza. Make a reservation to ensure your table is ready when you are. No need to put on airs for a trip to Sanfilippo's Pizza — the dress code and ambience at this pizzeria are totally laid-back. Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Sanfilippo's Pizza will ensure that it is delicious. If you need to get somewhere fast, the pizzeria also serves up grub to go. If preferred, patrons can leave their vehicles in a nearby lot, though space is available on the street as well. Sanfilippo's Pizza is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside. Taste the greatness Sanfilippo's Pizza is serving up with meals around $30.
8141 La Mesa Blvd
La Mesa,
CA
US
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