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Mazara Trattoria

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While on our way to another restaurant, we walked by a little joint on the corner and the aromas emanating from within captured our attention. Named after a town in Italy, Mazara Trattoria brings all of the goodness and culture of the old world to the North Park area of San Diego. Part deli, part restaurant, part bakery, it almost feels like a convenience store inside with its wall of chilled beer, wine, sodas, etc. Yet Mazara has all of the goods for a delicious meal whether you’re eating in or taking out.

Kitschy murals of Italy adorn the walls with clouds flowing across the ceiling (this is good in case you’ve had too much wine, you will always know which way is up). Three rooms make up Mazara with ample seating for big gatherings or an intimate twosome. Try out the small tables in the bay windows looking onto the street. It’s almost like you’re the window-dressing in a department store. Not for the shy, or if you don’t want your personal trainer catching you sitting there with a calorie bomb!

A wall of wine covers another wall with choices from the very high end nestled right next to more modest selections. We savored the lovely DaVinci Chianti which was the perfect complement to our food

selections, and what a selection Mazara offers.

The menu is endless. Whatever you want by way of Italian cuisine, they’ve got it. Pastas, soups, pizzas, sandwiches, calzones…it’s all here. One thing you’ll notice at Mazara are the portions. Plan on bringing some grub home. We started with two huge salads accompanied by brilliant house made oregano basil garlic bread. A nice crunchy crust with the softest interior and just the right amount of garlic and herbs.

Spaghetti & Meatballs
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Being a traditional Italian restaurant we had to go for theSpaghetti ($11.95) and you must get the meatballs ($2.95)because it isa dish worth fighting over. Italian restaurants should be able to pull off traditional fare and Mazara kicked this one out of the ball park with the abundance of savory sauce, perfect pasta and killer thick meatballs. You can also order it vegetarian if that’s your preference. Another favorite was the Chicken Parmigiana with pasta ($17.95). Just enough of a breaded crispy exterior for texture blending flawlessly with the marinara sauced pasta. We rounded our dinner with the Chicken Tequila Fettuccini (original fettuccini with chicken, red and

Chicken Tequila Fettuccini
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yellow peppers, red onion, and fresh cilantro in a Tequila Lima and jalapeno cream sauce, $18.95). Not having partaken in too much Tequila on visits to Italy, this dish is a departure. Nevertheless, we’d order it again in a heartbeat to relive that little kick and flavor delivered in every bite

For dessert we highly recommend the Cannoli ($2.99). All of the desserts are made by the owner’s uncle in his bakery, New York Bakery in El Cajon. The Cannoli was crisp, full of flavor and sooo Brooklyn. You almost walk away with an accent.

Family owned and operated since 1984, Mazara Trattoria has established itself as that friendly neighborhood spot you want to visit again and again. There are lots of family specials and Mazara is a great place to let the kids run wild.Awesome coupon offers on their website at www.mazaratrattoria.com provide many opportunities for feasts at very reasonable prices. Enjoy!

The Good: Great garlic bread and Sam the owner and chef is a kick.

The bad: A little of the beaten path, could use a little touch-up here and there.

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  • City: San Diego
  • Phone: 619-284-2050
  • Name: Mazara Trattoria
  • Address: 2302 30th Street