I had the occasion to spend a long weekend in the San Diego/Chula Vista area. I'm in the San Diego area often and like to try a couple of new restaurants as often as I can. With so many fine restaurants to choose from in the greater San Diego area I use a number of sources to help me decide. T/A was on spot for me this time.
Arriving at about 5:30 PM on a Sunday night, Italianissimo Trattoria was everything I expected, except crowded. There were open tables at the rear of the restaurant. The wine selection was ample, but we had brought a 'special' bottle from our own cellar.
We started off with their Guazzetto di Mare (mussels and clams steamed with garlic, white wine and fresh tomatoes). It was served with their homemade bread which was excellant. I ordered a side of marinara along with it. I usually do this in a new Italian restaurant as I feel it a good judge of things to come (kind of like the salsa in a Mexican restaurant, if its good then what's to follow will probably be so too... but if its not good, then be ware). The marinara was excellent as was the garlic and white wine sauce in the Guazzetto di Mare.
My wife ordered the Penne Arrabbiata and I ordered their Cheese Ravioli. The Ravioli wasn't a menu item per se, as I wanted to try it w/ their marinara and their vodka sauce. After checking w/ the cook I was informed that they would be able serve it that way. We have traveled in Italy many times and thought Italianissimo Trattoria was every bit as authentic as we found in southern Italy.
I would have rated this restaurant 5-stars had it not been for the unmentioned up-charge for putting two sauces on my ravioli. Regardless, I still recommend Italianissimo Trattoria and will most likely return.
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