Bistros are remarkable in that they somehow manage to be both fancy and casual at the same time, much like a necktie with Taz on it. Feel gussied up without too much fuss with today's Groupon: for $18, you get $40 worth of new American fare at 25 Forty Bistro and Bakehouse.
25 Forty’s chef, Mark Pellicia, puts his extensive restaurant expertise (he’s worked in Italy) and love of pastry making to use by updating the compositions of classics with fresh, seasonal produce and international flavors. Brunchtime selections include French toast with peanut butter and strawberries ($7), and savory lunchtime sandwiches include an open-faced white albacore melt adorned with fresh tomato ($8). After the sun chases the moon around the Earth and into the sky, request a plate of pillow-light homemade gnocchi slumbering in an edible featherbed of pesto and ricotta cheese ($13) (all 25 Forty’s pastas are homemade.) Traditional dishes given elegant updates include the pork chops, which are served with Fuji apples and sautéed spinach ($16). Fold a dessert crepe ($5) like a paper airplane and send it sailing down your esophagus to complete the meal.
Like its menu, 25 Forty Bistro and Bakehouse’s décor melds classic and modern. Dark cloths draping tables give them an aura of aloofness from the serene white walls and natural light bathing the dining room; black accents, such as a painted wall chalkboard for specials, a dark trellis laced with white branches, and a bowler hat filled with copies of Rodney Dangerfield’s memoirs, complete the chic look of the chic spot.
Yelpers give 25 Forty Bistro & Bakery an average of 4.5 stars.
25 Forty Bistro & Bakehouse
At the Zagat-rated 25 Forty Bistro, chef Mark Pelliccia composes dishes that blend classic and creative culinary approaches. Pelliccia draws from international travels and experience working in restaurants throughout Italy to inspire his work. While the menu changes seasonally, featured dishes have included braised pork belly with sweet potato salad, a duck and white bean casserole, and oven-roasted lamb with tarragon fennel. Different events and specials liven up the week, from a prix-fixe three-course menu on Wednesday to Tuesday’s free buffet access with purchase of a glass of wine.
Diners relax with glasses of wine and cups of coffee in 25 Forty’s bright clean space, punctuated by line work of Asia and a chalkboard menu of specials. Crisp heather-violet tablecloths dangle from each table, flanked by modern chairs with geometric cutouts in the back. The bistro is open all day Tuesday-Sunday, and rests its burners every Monday.
2540 Congress St.
San Diego, California 92110Get Directions