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7811 Herschel Ave. Send to Phone
Owner Tony Buonsante's menu of Northern Italian cuisine is first-rate.

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly

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: Give yourself over to the charms of owner Tony Buonsante and his son Johnny; despite the upscale price tag, this La Jolla Village restaurant manages to feel homey and comfortable. Whether you prefer the intimate back dining room, the open-air patio or the bustling bar (where the La Jolla elite hob knob), Buonsante's Northern Italian cuisine is first rate. We were wooed by the refreshing melon-mint soup. We like the addition of crushed pistachios to the very fresh insalata de Cesare. The pappardelle with wild boar rag├╣ sauce combines rich tomato and carrot flavors with hearty ground meat and homemade pasta. For a lighter touch try the ravioli stuffed with ricotta and spinach and drizzled with yellow tomato sauce. Our veal was a tad overcooked, but the complex wild mushroom-brandy cream sauce made up for it. The filet mignon is superb---served with crispy oven-baked potato halves and thin spears of asparagus. For dessert opt for the torta della luna, a light lemon pastry made with pine nuts, or the mini chocolate cake that is nicely accented with a scoop of rich coffee gelato.


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