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A Hidden Italian Gem

The Godfather

FoodFoodNearly thirty years ago, when Kearny Mesa was still mostly open fields and Jack Rabbits, Isadoro Balistreri decided it would be the perfect place for an upscale Italian restaurant. He had learned his trade in Sicily, cooking seafood, meat and pasta dishes to perfection, which he brought to San Diego, and decorated his restaurant like the classic upscale Italian diners of the fifties: dark with red overtones, staffed with waiters dressed in tuxes. Now, there are a couple of problems people have with this place… first, this is not the Godfather pizza chain (Isadoro was first with the name) and second, it’s stuck way in the back of a Kearny Mesa strip center, so you have to look close, or you might miss this gem.

There are some dishes that rank among Mrs. Eater's and my favorites. The Filet Mignon Alla Godfather is a nearly one pound steak, split, and stuffed with prosciutto, mozzarella, fresh mushrooms, and covered with a wine sauce that is nothing short of superb. Another favorite is the Pesce Spada Alla Griglia, and swordfish steak smothered with a heavenly wine sauce of bell peppers, tomatoes, capers, olives and onions. Specials like the Lamb Chops and Swordfish with a white wine lemon sauce are incredibly good, and cost about twenty dollars. The Fillet Mignon will set you back about thirty-four dollars, but portions are huge, and include appetizer, salad, a side of pasta and a vegetable. At The Godfather, classic Italian with Class.

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  • City: San Diego
  • Phone: 858-560-1747
  • Name: The Godfather
  • Address: 7878 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard