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Spasso Cucina Italiana Restaurant Review: It doesn’t take a visionary to see the potential of Ventura’s Seaward Avenue. Yet this easy-access beach area remains underutilized. Enter Francesco Cionti, a Roman restaurateur who, seeing the glass half full, rolled the dice. In a different location, Spasso would be packed and pricey; at the coastal terminus of Seaward, you’ll likely find empty tables. Which says nothing about the establishment’s quality and affordability. The menu reflects Cionti’s Roman roots. Meat-heavy entrées like breaded pork chops, pan-roasted and topped with a balsamic reduction, are alive with flavor. A marrow-dripping veal osso buco has been slowly braised to tenderness. The antipasto more closely resembles a charcuterie plate than a salad, and the spaghetti alla carbonara offers the creamy texture of fresh al dente pasta tossed with egg, white wine and pancetta. For dessert, a Nutella-filled calzone will bring tears to the eyes of anyone who loves the marriage of chocolate and hazelnut.