Fig Tree Café

Hillcrest

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Italian-born chef fuses Old World–recipes with local ingredients, creating such dishes as ravioli with chipotle-mascarpone-cilantro sauce

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$9 for $20 Worth of Italian-Inspired Californian Cuisine for Dinner

The dinner menu includes housemade tequila-lobster ravioli ($16.95) in chipotle-mascarpone-cilantro sauce, free-range chicken cannelloni ($13.95), and personal pizzas ($10.95+). Dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Fig Tree Café

At a young age, Alberto Morreale decided on a career as a chef, leaving his Sicilian hometown to cook in restaurants across northern Italy. After moving to San Diego, he started synthesizing Californian influences with his Old World culinary techniques, creating dishes such as his housemade lobster ravioli with chipotle-mascarpone-cilantro sauce and a dollop of tequila.

Chef Morreale’s use of local ingredients in his creative recipes adds to the freshness of dishes at Fig Tree Café's Hillcrest location. The café's other location in Pacific Beach won second place in CityVoter’s Best Brunch category in 2011. The two cafés bake their breads in house, grow their own sprigs of rosemary, and catch their own silverware in a clear mountain stream. The kitchen sources ingredients from area producers, such as a ranch 35 miles outside of town, which supplies the restaurant with natural, free-range eggs.

Fig Tree Café

At a young age, Alberto Morreale decided on a career as a chef, leaving his Sicilian hometown to cook in restaurants across northern Italy. After moving to San Diego, he started synthesizing Californian influences with his Old World culinary techniques, creating dishes such as his housemade lobster ravioli with chipotle-mascarpone-cilantro sauce and a dollop of tequila.

Chef Morreale’s use of local ingredients in his creative recipes adds to the freshness of dishes at both Fig Tree Café locations—winning the Hillcrest café second place in CityVoter’s Best Brunch category in 2011. The two cafés bake their breads in house, grow their own sprigs of rosemary, and catch their own silverware in a clear mountain stream. The kitchen sources ingredients from area producers, such as a ranch 35 miles outside of town, which supplies the restaurant with natural, free-range eggs.

Customer Reviews

We really thought this place was special. We go to much more expensive restaurants where the food isn't half as good. The service was excellent as well
Gail P. · January 26, 2013
Staff is always nice.
Odette D. · January 25, 2013
The food was amazing but either the kitchen/service was pretty slow and backed up. 30 minutes for a non-cooked salad. Additionally if you have a patio you need to make sure they are operational at night and when seating mention the no alcohol policy out there.
Todd L. · January 23, 2013
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    Hillcrest

    416 University Ave.

    Hillcrest, California 92103

    619-298-2010

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