Fodor's Expert Review Osteria Romantica

$ La Jolla Italian Fodor's Choice
Between music by Pavarotti, the checkered tablecloths, and the sight of homemade pasta and free-flowing vino, you’ll swear you’ve died and gone to Italy. At this cozy La Jolla Shores eatery, northern and southwestern Italian flavors have fused into culinary magic—house-made breads, sauces, gnocchi, and pastas like pappardelle with braised lamb, and linguine with mussels—since 2004. The breaded veal and lobster ravioli are both exceptional. Pork osso buco in port wine sauce is a popular main course that can be enjoyed alfresco on warm summer nights on the dog-friendly patio. Despite its size, the tiramisu with espresso-dipped ladyfingers goes down way too easy.
Italian Casual Lunch Dinner $ Fodor's Choice

Quick Facts

2151 Av. de la Playa
La Jolla, California  92037, USA


Known For:
  • Tender lamb pappardelle
  • Cozy Italian vibe
  • Half-price wine with the purchase of an entrée on Tuesday
  • Homemade pasta, breads, and sauces

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