Was it a week ago we arrived in San Diego? Oh my! We love staying in the Little Italy neighborhood. After visiting with early arrivals at the Vine, we returned to meet up with Jerry and Paul at the wine bar, Sogno di Vino, then dinner next door at Buon Appetito.
It had been a long day of packing, driving and cooking, so Brad and I were starving!
We started by sharing a lovely pasta filled with lobster and asparagus.
Then we each DEVOURED a steak: mine with gorgonzola and mushrooms, and Brad's with a peppercorn sauce.
One of the things I love about Little Italy, is that Italian is spoken as much as English!
Our waiter was from a town close to my grandparents' in Puglia, so he introduced me to every Italian in the restaurant, (saying "che bella donna, che bellissima!"). We had great service and attention. I also had a couple long conversations in Italian with people I met outside the restaurant or at our cafe.
The other reason I love to stay in Little Italy is the COFFEE is wonderful!
As in Italy, when you become a REGULAR (we had 18 coffees there in 3 days), they KNOW how to prepare exactly what you will order!
Our day started and ended at the cafe. Here is one of my favorite shots of pre-kayaking Jerry Friday morning:
The hotel, La Pensione, has its own mascot, Penny, who sleeps in the lobby until someone wants to play.
We'll be back to Little Italy some time this summer!