6 of the latest restaurants and wine tasting rooms will open in San Diego County
Fresco Cocina, a new Latin-inspired restaurant, has opened in the former KoKo Beach space on Carlsbad Boulevard and Grand Avenue in Carlsbad. The restaurant’s executive chef is Carlsbad resident Chris Idso, former longtime chef of Pacifica Del Mar in Del Mar.
Fresco Cocina is the second restaurant opened on Carlsbad Boulevard by Linda DiNitto, born in Venezuela to Italian parents. Its first restaurant, 264 Fresco, serves Italian cuisine and its second, Fresco Cocina, serves dishes from Peru, Venezuela, Brazil and Uruguay. Specialties at the new restaurant include short rib empanadas, Venezuelan shrimp tequeños, Peruvian lomo saltado and Brazilian beef churrasco.
The restaurant at 1858 Carlsbad Blvd. is open for lunch and dinner on weekdays and brunch and dinner on weekends. Visit frescococina.com.
Marisi restaurant opens in La Jolla
After more than two years of planning, Restaurant Marisi opened Wednesday in La Jolla. The long-awaited Italian restaurant has generated a lot of buzz thanks to its creative team. Executive chef Chad Hudd previously worked at three of the Los Angeles area’s most acclaimed restaurants: Providence, Felix Trattoria and Broad Street Oyster Co. And creative director of bars and spirits Beau du Bois hails from the three-star Michelin restaurant. from Meadowood to Napa. . Their goal is to break out of the usual Italian restaurant boundaries with food and drink that reflects all regions of Italy. Opening menu specialties include local crab agnolotti, pappardelle with Genovese duck ragout, chicory salad with salami and tomato, American wagyu carpaccio and 60-day-aged American wagyu steaks. Cocktails will feature Italian aperitifs, homemade limoncello, Italian pilsner beer and rare imported spirits. Hours are 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday only, at 1044 Wall St., Suite A., La Jolla. Visit marisilajolla.com
Carruth Cellars returns to Little Italy
Less than three months after Carruth Cellars was forced to close its 5-year-old tasting room and vineyard garden in Little Italy after lease negotiations reached an impasse, the urban San Diego winemaker has returned to the piece.
On September 1, Carruth opened its new location at the boutique Hotel Carte at 401 W. Ash St. in Little Italy. The new tasting room offers indoor and outdoor seating, all-day live music, and local vendors. In addition to wines by the glass, flight, and bottle, the new location offers cheese flights and menu items from the hotel restaurant, including poke, pasta, and a burger. Hours are 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Visit carruthcellars.com.
Chiefy Cafe expands
Chiefy Café, a pet-friendly cafe and cafe that opened last year in the Gaslamp Quarter, recently opened two more locations in San Diego.
Named after his dog, Chiefy, owner Dani Nissan recently launched new outlets at 1080 University Ave., Suite H105, Ralphs Mall in Hillcrest, and 5665 Lindo Paseo, Suite 103, near the ‘San Diego State University. It is also expanding the menu to include waffle, toast, sandwich and bowl options for meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans. Visit chiefycafe.com.
Little Thief opens in North Park
Little Thief Wine Bar & Kitchen, a new concept launched by owners of Bottlecraft Beer Shop and Vina Carta, opened August 3 in North Park.
Little Thief specializes in serving natural wines, which are organic wines made from grapes grown without pesticides or other chemicals. In addition to an extensive wine list by the glass and by the bottle, Little Thief offers a menu of dishes from Papalito, a new culinary concept inspired by Sonoran created by chef Drew Bent, formerly of Lola 55. Dishes include salads, ‘eloté, sandwiches made with smoked fish, carnitas, fish breast, carnitas, fried chicken and smoked mushrooms and desserts. Hours of operation are 12-10 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday and 12-1 a.m. Thursday-Saturday at 3017 University Ave., San Diego. Visit thelittlethief.com.
The White Rice Bodega is coming to Normal Heights
White Rice, South Bay chef Phillip Esteban’s Filipino rice bowl venture in Liberty Station, will open a new location this month in Normal Heights.
White Rice Bodega at 3586 Adams Ave., Suite 1, will serve a variety of Filipino silog entrees (rice bowls), including lechon kawali with crispy pork belly, mushroom and tofu sisig, pandesal and kinilaw rolls, a Filipino fish salad made with local tuna and coconut milk. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekends. Visit ricebowlsforall.com.