de’Medici Cucina Italiana
“Fine Italian Dining”
in San Diego’s Downtown Gaslamp District
Out on the town for an evening of dinner and a concert, we chose a restaurant in the Gaslamp district of San Diego. de’Medici Cucina Italiana is only a couple blocks from the Balboa Theater, the Lyceum Theater and a parking garage near Horton Plaza in the Gaslamp District. Great location and SO easy to get to!!
The owner, Salvatore Vitale – “just call me Sal!” – posed for a photo. Very friendly and very solicitous, Sal went around to the tables several times checking on his patrons, all the time keeping an absolute eagle eye on the servers and the kitchen.
de’Medici offers alfresco dining and on this beautiful balmy evening their alfresco area was packed! The interior has a lovely ambiance and we want to eat in there next time, but this evening was too beautiful to be eating inside and we joined the others dining in the open air – alfresco!
First, we were served a kind of garlic bread that had a kind of pesto spread on it (really delicious). Sorry, I didn’t think to find out more about it, nor did I think to take a picture!
Our Caesar salad (Fabulous!) was made table-side by our delightful waiter, Antonio.
In between the salad and the entree we were served lime sorbet — to cleanse our palate!
Even though it’s fine “Italian” dining – and we do want to go back and eat our way through the Pasta list! – we both ended up getting the filet mignon and lobster tail combo. Wow! The filet mignon had a port wine-reduction sauce and cut like butter. The lobster tail was done to absolute perfection.
And for dessert? Tempting choices of Tiramisu, Cannoli, Profiterolls, Gelato Berries, Cream Brulee, Floating Island….the list goes on… Sadly, we weren’t able to sample (or even get a look at) any of these delectable desserts as we had to leave for the concert. Another return engagement is required to eat our way through the desserts along with the Pasta List
de’Medici Cucina Italiana has an “Excellent” rating from Zagat. I never thought I’d ever have the chance to eat in a Zagat “Excellent” rated restaurant – that’s heady stuff! And yet, we found de’ Medici to be very reasonably priced for such a fancy restaurant.
“From the Spaghetti al Pomodoro Fresco to the award winning Sole Portofino, de’Medici signature dishes are a feast to be remembered.”
Visit the website of de’Medici Cucina italiana
Thanks, Alice P, for this fun post!