Antica Trattoria

La Mesa

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Chef Francesco Basile celebrates cuisine of his native Italy with seasonal meals of seafood medleys, tender roasts & flavorful sauces

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Promotional value expires Aug 30, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 3 per person. Limit 1 per table. Valid only for option purchased. Dine-in only. Not valid for holidays. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The best sauces, like the best imaginary friends, are rich and from the Mediterranean. Dine alone or with Esmeralda the railroad tycoon with this Groupon.

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  • $15 for $30 worth of Italian fare for dinner
  • $7 for $15 worth of Italian fare for lunch<p>

A lunch menu provisions midday feasts with meals of smoked-mozzarella panino pollo ($10) and parma prosciutto pizzetta Toscana ($10). A dinner bill of fare spotlights a local sea-bass branzino alla mediterranea ($20) and italian-sausage fettuccine all’ Antica with a tomato sherry sauce ($14).<p>

Antica Trattoria

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.

Customer Reviews

2904 Ratings

Always great food and friendly, personable wait staff. you can't go wrong eating there.
Mark L. · 8 hours ago
The Gnocchi with short ribs is wonderful. The Cannolis are the best in town! Great atmosphere, wonderful staff; this place is a gem.
Jon A. · 2 days ago
Always a delicious, authentic Italian meal. Bonus opera singing waiter last night.
Amy M. · 2 days ago
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    La Mesa

    5654 Lake Murray Blvd.

    La Mesa, California 91942

    619-463-9919

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