Tag Archives: Author and Food Writer Maria Desiderata Montana

Touchdown At These Gaslamp Hotspots

Florent Football FunSmmer may be coming to an end, but everyone’s favorite time of year is just around the corner…football season!  Get your fantasy draft together, throw on your team’s colors and touchdown at these Gaslamp hotspots that are sure to take your game-day celebrating to the end zone.

Wishing you had a sideline view of your favorite game? Not to worry! Florent offers the next best thing with their 17-foot, large-screen TV – winning MVP for the largest TV in all of downtown. Grab a front row seat and take your bar-food cravings to the next level with their elevated versions of game-day classics such as Salt & Pepper Wings and Jalapeno Popper Tacos. Don’t miss their “Larry’s famous Baby Back Ribs” with all the fixins. Florent will also be hosting DJs during the mid-day game commercials, $4 Anheuser-Busch draft beers (Bud light, Stella, Shocktop). Or, catch a running pass and win big with their Saturday and Sunday brunch bottomless mimosas for just $15. 

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Italian Inspired Bottega Americano

Italian Inspired Bottega Americano
Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana

Located inside the Thomas Jefferson School of Law directly across the street from the city’s new Central Library in San Diego’s East Village, Bottega Americano is an Italian–inspired restaurant and specialty food marketplace that invites guests to dine in a fun and exciting dining hall.

Together, there are four notable Bottega owners who bring to life a new genre of dining inspired by old–world European style, including Giuseppe Ciuffa, founder and CEO of Giuseppe Fine Restaurants & Fine Catering; avid foodie, investor and East Village resident Chad Ruyle; restaurateurGreg Van de Velde, who most recently managed the iconic Bertrand at Mister A’s restaurant; and noted chef David Warner, formerly of San Diego’s beachfront hotspot JRDN. “My partners and I had a strong vision for the project from the beginning,” says Ciuffa. “Chef Warner and I work together with our culinary team on all of the menu ideas. So instead of having just one chef with only one vision, we are inspired by many different tastes, trends and experiences.”

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My Not So Creamy Seafood Fettuccine

San Diego Food FindsMy seafood fettuccine is a very light dish that’s easy to prepare. My version isn’t as creamy as you would normally expect. I like to keep it simple with extra-virgin olive oil, butter and fresh herbs. Make sure to get a fresh baguette for extra dipping.

Get 25 of my authentic Italian recipes in my new book San Diego Italian Food: A Culinary History Of Little Italy And beyond.

Not So Creamy Seafood Fettuccine

Serves 4

  • 2 cans minced clams
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces cocktail shrimp, precooked
  • 6-ounce can crab meat
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped Italian parsley
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound fettuccine, cooked according to package instructions
  • Pecorino-Romano cheese, grated (as much as you like), for garnish
  • Handful of freshly chopped basil, for garnish

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Ferragosto Festival In Little Italy

Travel to Pompeii at Ferragosto, August 15 in Little Italy

– Little Italy’s Amici Park will transform into the ancient city of Pompeii for a night of entertainment –

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Little Italy’s party of the summer, Ferragosto, returns for its next big bash, “Pompeii: Little Italy’s Toga Party,” on Saturday, August 15 from 6:00 p.m. to midnight with a VIP reception starting at 5:00 p.m. Guests are invited to Amici Park in San Diego’s Little Italy for an evening that calls for guests to bring out their togas and strap on sandals for an evening of festivities with food, drinks and a night where everyone’s Italian.

“We are pulling out all the stops to recreate the historic Italian city, Pompeii where there will be non-stop jaw dropping moments throughout the night that will have everyone talking for weeks,” said Luke Vinci, Ferragosto’s Chairman. “The event takes two years of planning because we make sure that every detail of the night is one that will be unforgettable—Ferragosto is one of San Diego’s premier summer events for a reason!”

Ferragosto is San Diego’s own take on the Italian holiday “Feriae Augsti.” This year’s event will transform Amici Park into the ancient city of Pompeii for a toga party with fantasy settings, circus rides and live entertainment. The last few events have transformed Little Italy’s Amici Park into a Roman Coliseum and even a scene straight from the Roaring 20’s. The fourth annual event will include dishes, drinks and cocktails from San Diego’s finest restaurants including Monello, Isola Pizza Bar, Kettner Exchange, Cookbook, PrepKitchen, Caffe Italia, Bencotto and more.

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French Eateries Honor Bastille Day

French Eateries Honor Bastille Day
maine scallop+kale parsley risotto at Bellamy’s

“Vive la France!”

Bastille Day is coming up on July 14th and there’s no better way to celebrate France’s independence than with traditional and unique French food! Whether you want an exquisite dining experience or something on the casual side, check out our top picks for the best French eateries in San Diego County to celebrate the French holiday.

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New Community Barber Shop

THE DOVER HONING CO.: A Community Barber Shop & Shaving Parlor, Now Open in San Diego’s East Village Neighborhood

New Community Barber Shop

In Partnership with Master Barber Brian Burt and Designer/Brand Ambassador Alyasha Owerka-Moore, Leading Hospitality Group Brings Signature Innovation to the Lifestyle Sector

Powerhouse hospitality collective CH Projects has made their mark on Southern California’s dining & drinking culture with their collection of socially conscious, design savvy (and sometimes controversial) establishments including Noble Experiment, Ironside Fish & Oyster, Polite Provisions, Craft & Commerce, Juice Saves, UnderBelly and more. Now in 2015, the collective is building on its unique hospitality brand to by introducing The Dover Honing Co., San Diego’s newest barbershop and shaving parlor located on the corner of 8th and G Street in the East Village neighborhood. At the helm is master barber Brian Burt, the original founder of San Diego’s Lefty’s Barbershop, whose experience and dedication to his craft has taken him around the world, working with various professional athletes, musicians and celebrities, while training and educating a new generation of aspiring barbers. Alongside CH Projects and partnerAlyasha Owerka-Moore, a renowned designer/brand ambassadorthe neighborhood barber shop promises patrons solid cuts, reasonable prices, good conversation and even a nice stiff drink—all within a stylish rendition of a timeless neighborhood institution.

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