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After operating restaurants over a 30-year span in Italy, Franca and Celso Mezzadri came to San Diego to retire, but shortly thereafter decided to open Parma, since their true joy is cooking. Inspired by their love for their original hometown of Parma, Italy, known for its Parmigiano cheese, Prosciutto di Parma and the world’s most famous pasta maker, Barilla, the Mezzadris decided to open a friendly restaurant that features authentic Northern Italian cuisine with fresh ingredients and simple presentations. Celso makes lovely lasagna, tortellini and penne salsiccia, while his wife Franca is the dessert chef, famous for her homemade tiramisu and profiteroles alla Nutella. Dinner Tue.-Sun, Lunch Thu.-Sun. Parma, 3850 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92103, 619-543-0049.
In October 2013, San Diego will get its own branch of Pizzeria Mozza, the culinary collaboration between chefs Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton. Expect signatures from the original Los Angeles location like ricotta stuffed squash blossoms and butterscotch budino, in addition to the wood-fired pizzas. Pizzeria Mozza, 789 W. Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101, no phone.
Sea & Smoke is located at Flower Hill Promenade in Del Mar. Chef Matt Gordon has opened his third restaurant, Sea & Smoke, in the former Paradise Grill space, located in Del Mar’s Flower Hill Promenade. With the solid success of North Park’s Urban Solace and his Encinitas eatery Solace & The Moonlight Lounge, Gordon and his wife, Young-Mi, create American brasserie fare with an expansive bar/lounge downstairs. Culinary-inspired cocktails with small-batch spirits, boutique wines, craft beer and a wood-fired oven set the culinary tone, along with sustainable products and natural ingredients. Sea & Smoke, 2690 Via De La Valle, #D210, Del Mar, CA 92014, 760-753-2433.
James Limjoco has opened his third eatery, Sublime Tavern, in Del Mar overlooking the Del Mar polo fields. Taking over the former Tommy V’s space, this rustic, reclaimed-wood-studded restaurant features 55 craft brews on tap, 27 premium wines by the glass and a menu focusing on an abundance of gourmet comfort food, such as sinful mac and cheese dishes, specialty flatbreads, and small plates. There are healthy salads and vegetarian options, too. Executive chef Josh Richardi, the former sous chef at Roppongi in La Jolla, helms the kitchen. Lunch Thu.-Sun., Dinner nightly. Sublime Tavern, 3790 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014, 858-259-9100.

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Encinitas Added to Bite San Diego's Culinary Tours
Bite San Diego, which offers several culinary tours of San Diego neighborhoods, has introduced an itinerary for Encinitas. The tour lasts around three hours and visits five to seven restaurants. The cost is $45 per person. Advance tickets are required. For more information, visit
San Diego Restaurant Week Returns
The twice annual San Diego Restaurant Week returns September 15-20, 2013. Featuring prix-fixe menus from dozens of San Diego restaurants, guests can opt to dine for lunch or dinner. Three different price choices are available for the two-course lunches and three-course dinners. Select a $10, $15 or $20 menu for lunch and $20, $30 or $40 menu for dinner. For more information and a list of restaurants go to

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Take your taste buds on a walk down memory lane! Check out our exclusive closed restaurant database for San Diego to virtually visit your favorite dining spots from the past. Mr. Tiki Mai Tai Lounge, R.I.P.

Hubcap, a restaurant specializing in grass-fed burgers, craft beers and cocktails, has closed. It had taken over the former space of El Take It Easy in North Park, which shuttered on April 22, 2013. Hubcap, 3926 30th St., San Diego, CA 92104, no phone.
Old Town's 25 Forty Bistro & Bakehouse has closed its doors, citing rising rent prices. Chef/owner Mark Pelliccia is now focusing on his catering business, Mark's Lunch Box. 25 Forty Bistro & Bakehouse, 2540 Congress St., San Diego, CA 92110, no phone.

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