I was 27 the first time I had the privilege of visiting Florence, Italy. What a wonder place full of rich Renaissance history, beautiful works of art, and a love for life! It’s no wonder that restaurateur, Martin Gonzales, fell in love with Florence. In fact, he took the additional step to move there and immerse himself in their culture. After successfully completing culinary school there and working under Master Chef Innocenti, he took the initiative to bring Acqua Al 2’s first sister restaurant stateside. Luckily for us, he decided to land in San Diego first!…Read more
If you haven’t heard about Kettner Exchange yet, you will soon. Brought to you by seasoned restauranteur Matt Spencer (of Analog, Vin De Syrah, and Firehouse), Kettner Exchange is an exciting and delicious destination to experience, and be seen. Executive Chef Brian Redzikowski is serving up exceptional Progressive American Cuisine. Bar Manager Steven Tuttle oversees classic, but friendly drinks to satisfy the most discerning patron. Darren and I were fortunate to attend their grand opening party back in mid-October. Here’s what we saw.
The 8000 sqft property boasts a stunning nautical theme and pays homage to the late William Kettner. …Read more
It has been almost exactly one year since Pizzeria Mozza opened in downtown San Diego. After a short stay, they are closing their doors at the end of the month on November 30th. According to their Facebook page, “the gospel of Mozza pizza did not adequately spread to the people of San Diego.” I wanted to put something up here for people on the fence who have never gone to the restaurant and were thinking of visiting before they closed. I believe a restaurant is only good as the food and service they provide.…Read more
Chances are you’ve seen or passed by Toast Enoteca & Cucina in downtown San Diego before. It’s right around the corner from Petco Park and across the street from Basic. Have you tried it yet? Fortunately we got to taste what Toast Enoteca & Cucina has to offer, but I can’t help but kick myself for not trying it sooner.
There’s around 400 different wines to sip and indulge on throughout the restaurant. You can load money on wine cards to sample by the ounce, just like Splash and Mosaic in North Park.…Read more
You may have seen our giveaway for Taste of Bankers Hill the other week. Congrats to all our winners and everyone who participated! We got a chance to attend the event ourselves which we’ve never been to before. There were many restaurants we’ve dined at in the past, but some of them we haven’t gotten a chance to try yet. That’s what we love about “Taste of” events. You can get samples from multiple restaurants in one eating session, and hopefully they do a good job representing the restaurant as a whole.…Read more
There’s a lot of activity in Little Italy with seemingly new restaurants popping up all over. Cookbook Tavola Calda in Little Italy has been open since May, and Chef Gregorio Sarafini Pozzi along with his business partner, Filippo Macchiarelli could be filling a niche with staying power. As Chef Gregorio explained to us, the tavola calda in Italy is a gathering place or hang out where people can relax and share food and drink. It can be fast and casual, but also features house made food that you might find at a sit down restaurant.…Read more
The third annual Taste of Bankers Hill event is quickly approaching on October 22nd! We’ve been invited to attend and also have six pairs of tickets to give away (twelve total tickets) to six lucky winners. Enter below to win!
Here are some of the vendors that are serving food at The Abbey where the event will take place. You can find more information on their Facebook page and can purchase tickets here. They have a presale price of $25 until October 14, so if you are thinking of going don’t wait too long.…Read more
Events events events! There are a ton of things going on in San Diego this time of year. We got invited to attend The Wedge in Escondido which focuses on local eats, cheese, beer, and wine. There are going to be 25+ cheese and food vendors and 15+ beer and wine vendors for your eating and drinking pleasure. Since we’ve never been to this one before and don’t get a chance to head up to that area often, we figured this would be a good opportunity!
The street festival is located on Grand Ave.…Read more