Pasta became a staple of Italian fare after Emperor Caligula famously elevated a plate of lasagna to the Roman Senate. Feast on political recipes with today’s Groupon to Olivetto Café & Wine Bar. Choose between the following options:
- For $12, you get $25 worth of seasonal Italian and New American fare and drinks.
- For $7, you get $15 worth of seasonal Italian and New American fare and drinks at lunch.<p>
At Olivetto Café & Wine Bar, which has been profiled in San Diego Magazine and on CBS 8 among other outlets, cooks pairs fresh, seasonal ingredients with selections from a lengthy wine list teeming with dozens of varietals from across the globe. Peruse a dinner menu peppered with Italian cuisine bedecked with New American twists, such as the fresh pears and caramelized walnuts fluttering atop house-made pasta pillows and mascarpone-cream sauce in the ravioli di pere ($16.95). Like a Lilliputian bunting during a baseball game, melanzane ripiene crowds a small plate, cramming ricotta and spinach into shareable baby eggplant ($10.50), and salmone livornese shelters fresh sautéed salmon under a crown of capers and olives ($15.95).
At lunch, pasta and entrées mingle with paninis and sandwiches, including the Olivetto burger, which delicately stacks smoked applewood bacon and gorgonzola atop a sesame-brioche bun ($9.95). Reds, whites, and sparkling juices from around the world populate the well-stocked wine selection, which includes Italian varietals such as A Mano pinot grigio from Puglia ($6.50/glass). Inside the eatery’s dining room, dark wood and exposed brick cultivate a cozy ambiance, and marigold and red-orange walls evoke the leaves of autumn or the colors of a dragon yawn.
Olivetto Ristorante and its owner Angelo Fiore welcome patrons with homey ambiance and selection of modern Italian fare influence by classic recipes. In 2008, the San Diego Reader claimed "it has all the virtues of a 'neighborhood Italian joint' – warmth, spirit, informality, prices not too bad – but the food is better than most," and Zagat's menu rating of "very good to excellent" supports this assertion. They make their own ravioli and pesto in-house and bake fresh loaves of bread. To accompany meals, the café also features a wine selection with refreshing whites and heartier reds from around the world, including authentic Italian offerings. Olivetto welcomes any meeting, from business get-togethers to romantic dinners.
860 W Washington Ave.
San Diego, California 92103