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Buon Appetito

Insalata di Rucola con
Fegatini di Pollo

Penne Pasticciate
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“A little slice of Italy” is the best way to describe the service and dishes you will be presented with at San Diego’s own Buon Appetito. And while it may sound overly trite and cheesy, it is absolutely true. Located in the “Little Italy” area of San Diego, Buon Appetito charms you the second you stroll under its awning and slip through its doors.

The restaurant is quaint and unassuming; an intimate venue that showcases the simplicity and sophistication of what a local favorite can offer. The tables are close next to each other inside the small room and outside patio, creating a café appeal, reminiscent of a European street corner. A wood laden bar sits off to one side, ready to stir you up a pleasant cocktail or pour you a glass of Chianti. Surrounding you are rows and rows of bottles of wine in wood cased shelves and holders.

Having a weakness for fine Italian pasta and sauces, it was with sheer delight that we sat ourselves at the table. This wasn’t our first time to dine at Buon Appetito, kinda one of our favorites, actually, and we look forward to every return visit. We ordered a couple glasses of Chianti and settled into the evening.

Choosing from the “Insalate” part of the menu, we feasted upon the Insalata Fantasia (escarole and baby greens tossed in a raspberry vinaigrette with sliced pears and topped with Gorgonzola cheese) and the exquisite Insalata di Rucola con Fegatini di Pollo (pan-fried chicken livers on a bed of fresh arugola and radicchio tossed in their house dressing). The Fantasia was a simple salad that was transformed into something special with the flavorful vinaigrette dressing. If you’re a fan of chicken liver, then the Rucola is a must have. The liver was moist, tender and oh so very good!

Next our entrees arrived and dishes of Penne Pasticciate (Bolognese sauce topped with mascarpone cheese) and, not to be outdone, Gamberi Buon Appetito (a signature menu item featuring marinated shrimp grilled and served on a bed of seasoned Tuscan beans). The pasta was cooked to perfection, crisp with a pleasant texture and topped off with a killer Bolognese sauce. This pasta slave couldn’t have been happier. The Gamberi was an enjoyable change-of-pace offering. A simple dish with a satisfying zest of flavor. The generous portion of delectable shrimp presented an amusing blend with the softly flavored and prepared Tuscan beans. A nice light meal to please the palette.

The service was top notch and the staff was dressed to sophisticated perfection with crisp white shirts and black slacks, very elegant. And that is part of the charm of Buon Appetito, the fusion of elegance mixed with neighborhood charm really sets the tone for the venue. Most menu items are under fifteen dollars so you don’t have to sell the farm to partake in their splendid dishes. Pay a call to Buon Appetito and allow yourself to be enthralled. Enjoy!

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  • City: San Diego, CA 92101
  • Phone: 619-238-9880
  • Name: Buon Appetito
  • Address: 1609 India Street (Little Italy)