Bice Ristorante

Gaslamp Quarter

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In a Nutshell

Four-course dinner features Italian dishes such as prosciutto with melon, homemade ravioli, and herb-crusted beef tenderloin

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Promotional value expires Sep 1, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Limit 1 per table. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required please mention Groupon. Not valid with other offers. No cash back. Tax and Gratuity not included. Groupon cannot be used towards Gratuity. Not valid for Happy Hour Specials. Not valid for June 30th, July 9th-12th. Valid for Dinner only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $79 for a chef-inspired dinner for two people with wine pairing ($150 value)
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Bice Ristorante

It's hard to imagine a better working relationship between an executive chef and a sous chef than that of Bice's Mario Cassineri and Francesca Penoncelli. Both grew up in northern Italy, taking their first kitchen jobs as teenagers, before both attended culinary school and joined the Milan-based Bice Restaurant Group. Together, they opened several restaurants, then settled in to Bice San Diego. It was there that their culinary chemistry sparked the interest of the James Beard Foundation, who invited them to be guest chefs in their legendary kitchen in New York.

It's no wonder their talents are so revered. Not only does Mario and Francesca's menu mix things up with seasonal ingredients, but its presentations are engaging. The seafood spaghetti, for instance, is baked in a parchment bag and opened at your table, and even the rigatoni is unexpectedly colorful, painted with bright-yellow saffron sauce and sprinkled with green chives and rosy bits of quick-smoked sausage.

That said, rushing to a dinner table isn't the only way to enjoy Bice. The award-winning cheese bar displays Italian imports that change almost daily, any of which can be paired with honey, Francesca's homemade jams, or a fairly messy high-five. These inventive supplements make it clear that, even after decades spent working together, Mario and Francesca are hardly stuck in a culinary rut. It's also easy to share Bice via a business event, rehearsal dinner, birthday party, or other special private event.

Customer Reviews

Everything is made at the restaurant!! It's terrific!!
Cathleen S. · September 1, 2015
Delicious food and good service
Cindy D. · August 30, 2015
Great food and great restaurant
Leah B. · August 30, 2015

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