Rosanna’s Fresh Pasta and Pizza (Encinitas)
Anh and I happened to be in Encinitas a while back and stumbled upon Rosanna’s Fresh Pasta and Pizza. When you’re in areas you don’t normally frequent sometimes you can find some really good stuff!
We noticed a lot of people coming in and out, mostly ordering to go. The place is in the corner of a strip mall and is very unassuming. When you step inside there’s a bunch of wine and other random Italian food products you can purchase. It reminded me of Mona Lisa in Little Italy, except on a much smaller scale. We arrived about 30 minutes before they were set to close but they didn’t allow us to dine in, so we dined in our car!
Oh look, a Caprese Panini was on the menu. We got the one with artichoke and basil covering the outside of the bread. There were two main reasons we decided to dine in our car. The first was we didn’t want to let the food sit and get cold while we drove home. The other reason which motivates us to bend over backwards at times: hunger! The Caprese Panini with Artichoke had a good balance of mozarella, tomato, artichoke and bread. They pressed the sandwich nicely and there was a distinct crunch on the outside while being warm, moist, and juicy on the inside. The basil was subtle but noticeable.
One of my favorite comfort foods is Spaghetti and Meatballs. We had an uninspired version previously at Buona Forcetta(off day?) so we were prepared for anything. My childhood memories came back in a flash. The meatballs were moist, dense, not too salty, but packed a meaningful meat punch. Alongside the delightful marinara sauce, I was breathing in the moment in our car. Honestly it doesn’t matter where you eat if the food is good. But if the food is bad, boy are you going to rip a place apart for being dirty or having bad service. Luckily on this day, I was allowed to overlook my dirty car that needed a good wash. Too bad Rosanna’s is not closer to where we live. It would easily make the list when in the mood for a no nonsense tin of old spaghetti and meatballs.
Rosanna’s Fresh Pasta and Pizza
270 North El Camino Real, Ste 1
Encinitas, CA 92024