Mangia, Mangia! World Pasta Day in San Diego!

Fresh Pasta - Bencotto Italian Kitchen
Fresh Pasta - Bencotto Italian Kitchen

Dine on fresh pasta at Bencotto on World Pasta Day

My love for Italian food started early since I come from an Irish-Italian family and most of our dinners growing up either consisted of meat and potatoes or pasta. Today, my pantry always has a few boxes of pasta ready for the impromptu dinner or a date night at home with what I call Shalene’s Pesto Pasta (comment below if you want the recipe). However, sometimes my wife and I don’t feel like cooking and instead head on out for a delicious plate of pasta…made by someone else. 🙂

Since today is World Pasta Day, I wanted to share my three go to San Diego Italian restaurants for some pasta whether it be a romantic dinner, a family night out or a quick grab to eat while on the go:

Bencotto Italian Kitchen – Date Night done Right

Bencotto Italian Kitchen

Bencotto Italian Kitchen

I knew this place would be delicious when it came highly recommended by an actual Italian. Bencotto offers a romantic dining experience in Little Italy and since the weather is usually warm, sit outside on the patio for some al fresco dining. Start the meal off right with an antipasto of carpaccio di melone e prosciutto. For the main dish, my favorite is the Pasta a Modo Tuo, or Pasta Your Way, where you can pick your favorite sauce and pasta style (made fresh daily) for create the perfect meal. Cap off dinner with some tiramisu and an espresso.

Location: 750 West Fir Street San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Website: www.lovebencotto.com

Venice Pizza House – Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Venice Pizza House Sign

Head to Venice Pizza for a Family meal full of good ol’ Italian-American food.

Venice Pizza’s good ol’ fashion Italian-American food in a family-friendly setting is the reason my family has dined at Venice Pizza for well over 20 years. After a long day, this is the place my wife and I like to go to relax with friends or just by ourselves. When with a group, a few antipasti salads and pizzas are the order of the day. When it’s just the two of us, my wife orders the mushroom ravioli while I get the half and half (half spaghetti and half ravioli) dinner. Make sure to check their website for daily specials and for those over 21, a carafe of the house white or red is a great deal.

Location: 3333 El Cajon Boulevard San Diego, CA 92104 (map)
Website: www.venicepizzahouse.com

Mangia Mangia Mobile – Eclectic Italian on Wheels

Mangia Mangia Mobile Food Truck

Find the Mangia Mangia truck for a delicious and different take on Italian Food.

When you walk up to the Mangia Mangia Mobile, Marko (the owner) will greet you like a long last family member and will make sure you leave with a full stomach. When he catered our 30th birthday party, Marko whipped up a batch of delicious Italian Lolipops (meatballs on a stick dipped in tempura and fried served with parmigiano cheese and marinara dipping sauce) for an appetizer along with delicious Chicken Parmigiana sandwiches, Ricotta and Spinach Ravioli, and Lasagna Bolognese for the main courses. But since it is World Pasta Day, Mangia Mangia also offers spaghetti and meatballs for those looking for a more traditional Italian meal.

Location: Changes Every Day – Check the Website or Twitter feed for Daily Location
Website: www.mangiamangiamobile.com

Allora, cosa stai aspettando? E ‘ora di mangiare!

Tell me in the comments below, where/which is your favorite Italian restaurant in San Diego?

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Brent Bernasconi

About Brent Bernasconi

I am a local San Diegan (though surprisingly, I do not know how to surf). While not at work, I enjoy biking, running, soccer, bocce ball, craft brew (I hope to make a batch of home brew one day), reading, movies, and a video game here and there. My goal is to set foot in as many states, countries and continents as I possibly can (I have hit 14 states, 9 countries, and 3 continents), though I will always call San Diego home. How would you describe your ideal San Diego day?So after a good night's sleep, first I would take the puppy for a nice long walk. Then I would pack the bicycle panniers with a picnic lunch for the wife and I and we would ride over to Mission Trails for some trail riding and then a lovely lunch under the shade by the river. After the ride home, a shower and a nap would follow. Once rested, we would head out to the Blind Lady and enjoy a local brew and some organic pizza.If you were invisible, where would you go?Area 51! I would love to know what they are doing that is so top secret.What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?So many choices, but if I have to pick one I would choose bikingrunningsoccerbocceball. Though sitting outside with a good book on a sunny day would come in close second.Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?Nothing could be better than a San Diego Craft Beer (Hess, Stone, Ballast Point, Automatic, and many many more) and a burger with onion rings and BBQ-sauce. Though you will often find me boiling some pasta with a glass of wine in my hand and Ratatouille on in the background.Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are…A few albums by Jonathan Coulton, the ultimate geek musician. If you get a chance, listen to Code Monkey.If you like, you can follow me on Twitter @bernasconi.

4 thoughts on “Mangia, Mangia! World Pasta Day in San Diego!

  1. As a local I can say its UNHEARD of not to mention “The Bronx” pizzeria in Hillcrest should top this list. All the other ones are very very good but for $5 you get the best pizza in Southern California. Bring cash cause they wont have time to run your card, its that good.

    • The Bronx Pizzeria is great along with Lefty’s Chicago Pizzeria. However, this list is all about the pasta. I will have to write a post about pizza sometime in the near future. Thanks!

  2. Ah, this is my favorite kind of day. Pasta is one of my fave recipes to do, especially since it’s so much easier to manage and tweak, depending on your mood. The Bencotto Italian Kitchen sounds perfect, what price range do they offer?

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