Dedicated In Memory of A Young Man
After moving to San Diego from Montreal in 1989, Franco Tassone pioneered the Gaslamp District and helped open La Strada. From 1992 to 2004, he got involved with La Terrazza, which was nestled in the beautiful La Jolla Cove, and became a huge hit with locals and world travelers. More or less around the same time (1998-2003), he played a role at Zao Shushi, which showcased four of San Diego’s top sushi chefs, who were turning food into an art form. From there he turned his attention to tapas, opening Isola Lounge, which was the first to feature tapas from around the world.
After all this variety and success, he decided to settle down and put his heart into Enoteca Adriano, which is named after his nephew, who sadly passed before his time. Enoteca is a neighborhood wine bar that specializes in Italian wines, with more than 30 wines by the glass and the bottle. Located three blocks from the beach on Cass Street in Pacific beach, this warm and cozy restaurant offers you authentic Italian cuisine that is paired with your wine selections.
During our road trip, my boyfriend and I got to experience not only Franco’s great food, but also hisamazing hospitality. We loved his arancini, golden Italian rice balls. We also ordered the house specialty, burrata, which he imports from Italy on a weekly basis. It is offered in 4 different ways and we chose “Adriano’s way” with spinach radicchio, tomatoes, red onions, and candied pecans topped with a balsamic reduction. It was just heavenly. As a main, we ordered the pasta of the evening, which I unfortunately do not remember. I do, however, remember eating the leftovers the next day for lunch. Even then it was still very tasty, just like homemade food.
I highly recommend this restaurant to those who would like to experience the beauty of real Italian food. Franco’s restaurant is a welcoming place for locals and tourists alike and will hopefully make your experience of San Diego as memorable as mine.