Italian Restaurants in La Mesa


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  • Antica Trattoria, Inc.
    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.
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    5654 Lake Murray Blvd.
    La Mesa, CA US
  • Nonno's Italian Restaurant
    Since the 1960s, Nonno's Italian Restaurant has remained La Mesa's hub for classic Italian dishes and gourmet pizzas. Executive Chef Gerardo Ortiz continues the eatery's tradition with artfully plated entrees, such as eggplant parmesan and smoked wild salmon coated with vermouth cream sauce. Chef Ortiz crafts his lasagnas entirely from-scratch, layering noodles with Italian sausage and beef or, for vegetarians and cockeyed sailors preparing for a bout of fisticuffs, spinach and ricotta. Gerardo likewise makes his pizza dough and sauce in-house daily, covering them with real mozzarella and a choice of nearly 20 toppings, including meatballs and asparagus. To complement Gerardo's cuisine, Nonno's stocks an extensive wine selection that diners can enjoy by the glass or bottle.
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    5314 Baltimore Dr
    La Mesa, CA US
  • The Haircutters
    The hair-pampering pros at The Haircutters have trimmed locks and transformed outmoded manes for more than a quarter of a century. Unlike many salons, in which shampooing is a separate service, the team starts off every haircut and style by treating scalps to suds with handfuls of professional products from top brands such as Biolage and American Crew. Apart from the signature shampoo-and-cuts, the staff at The Haircutters also offers color and texturizing services. Redken color camp for men gets hombres’ heads looking good, and spiral perms cascade with curls. Devoted to client convenience, The Haircutters welcomes walk-ins seven days a week.
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    8011 University Avenue
    La Mesa, CA US
  • Sammy's Woodfired Pizza
    Sammy's Woodfired Pizza's cheesy goodness cannot be beat — this mellow establishment has perfected the art of pizza. Delectable pizzas and pastas feature prominently on the pizzeria's menu. Sammy's Woodfired Pizza is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu. Sammy's Woodfired Pizza also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle. Bring the whole clan to Sammy's Woodfired Pizza — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here. Take a great restaurant, add perfect party food and a fun group of people, and get a night for the ages at Sammy's Woodfired Pizza. Sammy's Woodfired Pizza offers patio seating in the warmer months. Whether it's just you and a date or you're bringing the whole gang, it's best to call ahead and make a reservation. Take it nice and easy at Sammy's Woodfired Pizza, where casual dress is the rule of the day. Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Sammy's Woodfired Pizza will ensure that it is delicious. Or, take your grub to go. For no extra charge, diners can park in the connecting lot. You can take it easy on your wallet at Sammy's Woodfired Pizza — prices are generally less than $30 per person.
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    8555 Fletcher Pkwy
    La Mesa, CA US
  • Little Roma Restaurant
    Little Roma Restaurant is the perfect place for sweethearts to share a plate of pasta Bolognese. Come prepared to feast at Little Roma Restaurant — with no low-fat options, any diets will need to be put aside for the moment. Little guys and gals will also love dining at Little Roma Restaurant, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu). On warmer days, you can take advantage of Little Roma Restaurant's al fresco patio seating. Reservations are available, so give the restaurant a call before you head over for the fastest seating. No need to be formal, business casual will pass. Call Little Roma Restaurant for catering if you have a big event coming up. Little Roma Restaurant will bring your food right to your doorstep if you prefer to make it a night in, or swing by the restaurant yourself to carry out your meal. Little Roma Restaurant is a local eatery that serves up free parking. Bike parking is also available outside the restaurant. Treating yourself doesn't mean breaking the bank, come taste the great dishes Little Roma Restaurant has to offer. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.
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    5575 Baltimore Dr
    La Mesa, CA US
  • Pietro's Cucina Italiana and Pizza
    Reserve a table for two! Pietro's Cucina Italiana and Pizza specializes in intimate Italian cuisine for those looking to add some romance to dinner. Both low-fat and gluten-free options are available here. Pietro's Cucina Italiana and Pizza also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question. Parents, bring your kids along to Pietro's Cucina Italiana and Pizza, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience. Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Pietro's Cucina Italiana and Pizza can seat both large and small groups. Reservations are available, so give the restaurant a call before you head over for the fastest seating. No need to put on airs for a trip to Pietro's Cucina Italiana and Pizza — the dress code and ambience at this pizzeria are totally laid-back. The pizzeria has catering services as well. If time is of the essence, Pietro's Cucina Italiana and Pizza's take-out option may be a better fit. Patrons have access to free parking in the neighboring lot. A mid-priced establishment, Pietro's Cucina Italiana and Pizza offers meals that typically cost about $30 or less.
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    8378 Parkway Dr
    La Mesa, CA US

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