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OperaCaffe

835 4th Ave, San Diego

Tuscan Cuisine at Operacaffe (38% Off). Two Options Available.

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Highlights

Prosciutto pizza, porcini ravioli in sage-infused butter sauce, and other Tuscan-inspired specialties at a Zagat-rated eatery

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RenatteTOP REVIEWER
10 ratings9 reviews
July 23, 2020
Great service, delicious authentic food. Excellent wine too!
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andriaTOP REVIEWER
13 ratings7 reviews
July 21, 2020
Good deal. Food is very tasty. a little too oily but overall good.
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FredaTOP REVIEWER
55 ratings14 reviews
July 20, 2020
Delicious food and great service.
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EileenHELPFUL REVIEWER
2 ratings2 reviews2 photos
July 14, 2020
Loved this restaurant, the food was amazing and authentic. The staff was very attentive and will definitely make this a spot to visit when I return to San Diego.
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sue
8 ratings4 reviews
July 14, 2020
AMAZING STAFF, WONDERFUL HOMEMADE ITALIAN DINNER!
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Neil
1 ratings1 reviews
May 12, 2020
OperaCaffe is by far our favorite Italian food in San Diego! We love the Bucatini for dinner, I Coccoli as an appetizer, and of course the service is great
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Katherine
1 ratings1 reviews
May 1, 2020
Best Italian restaurant, and the nicest family owns it. Recommend to everyone!
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LFTOP REVIEWER
16 ratings15 reviews
March 29, 2020
Loved the seafood pasta. Cake and gelato great. Fetticini alfredo very rich, forgot to add their cheese on top so it tasted like butter noodles...wish they had mentioned it so I would have added right away as an important part of dish!
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What You'll Get

Choose Between Two Options

  • $18.50 for $30 worth of Tuscan cuisine, valid Sunday through Thursday
  • $19.50 for $30 worth of Tuscan cuisine, valid Friday through Saturday
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Prosciutto: A Raw Delicacy, Aged for Years and Eaten for Centuries

Prosciutto, one of Operacaffe’s central ingredients, is a raw delicacy that has been served in Italy for centuries. Sink your teeth into Groupon’s guide to the salt-cured meat.

At first glance, prosciutto seems like a cross between raw bacon and smoked ham, but it’s actually quite different from both. The Italian delicacy is still meat from a pig—the haunch, specifically—but unlike other cured meats, it doesn’t contain nitrates or even need to be cooked. Rather, prosciutto is slowly matured with little more than salt, air, and plenty of patience. The end result is a silky, sweet-tasting ham served thinly sliced and at room temperature, often as the centerpiece of an antipasto or charcuterie plate.

While individual methods vary among producers, prosciutto is created following simple, ancient practices. First, a pig or boar leg arrives fresh from the butcher; different makers may prefer different breeds, ages, and weights. Next, a curer coats the leg with sea salt to draw out moisture, then leaves it to dry in a special curing room. They may also coat the exterior—also referred to as the rind—with lard and grease to prevent the meat from becoming dehydrated. How long the haunches need to be cured depends on the desired taste, but most mature anywhere from one to three years.

The exact origins of prosciutto are unknown, but it’s likely been an edible favorite for millennia—the Roman statesman Cato mentioned a similar delicacy in his writings, and the ancient Celts are believed to have consumed salt-cured pork. Even the name hints at ancient roots: “prosciutto” comes from the Latin word “perexsuctus,” meaning “dried” or “deprived of all liquid,” as when Caesar shouted it from the theater steps when Brutus drank the last of his soda.

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Merchant is solely responsible for all sales and delivery of alcohol. Not valid on New Year's day. Not valid on Valentine's Day. Not valid on Easter. Not valid on Thanksgiving. Not valid on Christmas Eve. Not valid on Christmas Day. Not valid on New Year's Eve. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gift(s). Limit 1 per visit. Limit 1 per table. Valid only for option purchased. Valid for dine-in only. Must provide 21+ ID to receive alcoholic beverages. Not valid with other offers or promotions. Not valid for happy hour specials. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

OperaCaffe

Restaurant, Italian Restaurant