Restaurant of the Moment: Antica Trattoria

Antica Trattoria

5654 Lake Murray Blvd

San Diego CA 91942

(619) 463 – 9919


It is rare to find a restaurant that fully captures the warm, romantic atmosphere of old world Italy, but Antica Trattoria in La Mesa seems to have done just that. Though lacking curb appeal, as soon as you enter you are transported from strip mall to quaint Italian village, where low lighting and scenic murals allow you to settle into one of San Diego County’s best kept secrets.

This old fashioned restaurant is a hub for Italians, and even the owner and executive Chef,  Francisco Basile, is a Sicily native. His upbringing has certainly influenced the offerings of Antica Trattoria, all of which are inspired by the simplistic and seasonal ingredients of his seaside hometown. This passion for flavor is unmistakable as you dig into pappardelle pasta with Italian sausage, artichoke hearts, and oven-dried tomato all complimented with their signature light saffron sauce. Basile’s talent goes far beyond pasta, which is apparent as soon as you take a bite of the crab stuffed salmon or boneless short ribs.

With outstanding service, atmosphere and most importantly, the impeccable flavors of Italy, Antica Trattoria is one of San Diego County’s shining stars.

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