Italy's cuisine has always been an integral part of its culture—tomato paste is literally holding the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling together. Partake of a proud tradition with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of upscale Italian fare and drinks at Alexander’s on 30th.
The chefs at Alexander’s on 30th fill an all-white dining room with colorful mix of classic and modern takes on Italian cooking. Green-lipped mussels arrive fresh from a steam bath of white wine, tomato, and garlic ($12), and the Platto de Formaggi’s selection of cheeses basks in the flattery of honeycomb, mission figs, and salted almonds and cashews ($13). Molars tour the 30th Street salad’s chunks of pineapple, yellow raisins, and roasted red potatoes frolicking on mixed-green Slip 'N Slides doused with pineapple vinaigrette ($10). The White Room pizza, like the White House before a visit from the president of Italy, is layered in sheets of ricotta and mozzarella cheeses along with garlic, basil, pesto, and extra-virgin olive oil ($21). Taste buds pining for the Old World find their homes in Alexander’s homemade meat lasagna, featuring hillsides of italian sausage, beef, ricotta, and aged asiago layered with ribbons of fresh pasta ($15).
A multifarious wine lists adds to the tongue dazzling with Italian and Californian vintages among other outstanding nectars. The Poggio Basso chianti ($6 glass, $24 bottle) dances with a range of entrees, and Consilience syrah from Santa Barbara ($9 glass, $36 bottle) offers an homage to Pavarotti with a full body bursting with powerful notes.
Alexander's on 30th
Guests have to blink a few times upon first entering the Alexander's on 30th dining room—a dazzling wash of pristine white walls, white Carrara-marble counters, and white linen tablecloths. Moonlight pours in through lofty windows, causing the wine glasses and silverware to shimmer with images from Casablanca. Little candles speckle the tabletops, casting a glow on plates of colorful bruschetta, fine pasta dishes, and Italian specialties. A variety of artisanal pizzas perch atop silver pedestals—including the White Room pizza, a flavorful combination of garlic, chicken, and pesto that the San Diego Union Tribune named 1 of the top 50 things to eat in San Diego before you die. Outside, on the back patio, diners linger over last bites of cookie sundaes beneath trees adorned with strings of light.
3391 30th St.
San Diego, California 92104