3647 30th St.,
San Diego, CA 92104
Several weeks ago two of the greatest people in San Diego asked if we could go out to celebrate my birthday. (Some people just never let you forget you are getting older.) I said” yes”, and even though it was two weeks ago, we went out to celebrate today. And, since the San Diego Free Press is celebrating North Park this month, we decided to eat at a restaurant none of us had ever been to before.
We chose “Paesano” and we were not unhappy with our choice.
They have a lunch menu with all offerings at $4.99. We had our choice of Lasagna, Ravioli, Spaghetti and Meatballs, and Cheese Manicotti. Each entrée came with a choice of soup or salad – minestrone -and garlic bread. Anna chose the Lasagna; I chose the Manicotti, and Rich chose the Ravioli. Additionally, we ordered from the Appetizer menu “White Pizza” and Stuffed Bell Peppers. Anna had coffee and Rich and I had iced tea.
We were served the garlic bread almost immediately. It was hot and tasty.Then we were served the soup and salad almost immediately. Rich had the soup and said it was good. Both Anna and I had the salad and it was fine; nothing special.
Then we were served the Stuffed Bell Peppers and almost immediately the White Pizza. The peppers were wonderful; They were filled with Italian sausage, Basmati rice, Italian seasoning and topped with a homemade Marinara sauce and mozzarella. The cost was $8 and even though it was a “small” size, Anna and Rich took a little bit home.
The white pizza was interesting. I had never had it before, but it too was tasty; served very hot; and consisted of fresh garlic, olive oil and mozzarella cheese. It was very chewy because of the mozzarella. The cost for a small size was also $8 and Anna and Rich took a few slices of that home also. Anna said she would have liked it with some onion as well as the garlic.
When we were served our entrée’s they all looked very similar. It turns out that the sauce on the manicotti and ravioli were the same. Both Rich and I liked our meals; they were piping hot and tasty.
Anna’s lasagna had a sweet flavor to it, but when we asked our lovely waitress – Sabina – about it she did not know what caused the sweetness. We surmised it could have been the tomatoes; maybe one of the 4 cheeses; etc. Anna didn’t care for the sweetness and probably would not order it a second time.
Although we all were full, when Sabina asked us if we wanted dessert it was hard to say “no”. So we didn’t! Rich had Spumoni Ice Cream for $3 and I had Tiramisu for $4. The Spumoni was like every other Spumoni ice cream. The Tiramisu was average; a little too powdery on top; the layers a little dry.
Over all, the cost of the lunch was very reasonable; tasty; and probably we would all go there again. In addition to the special lunch menu, their regular menu includes appetizers, soup, salads, Pizza, Sandwiches, Dinners and Desserts. There is also a special Dinner menu and a “half and half” menu. And as a fun addition on Tuesday nights they have live music and on Wednesday their wine is 20% off.
Over all, we enjoyed our meal together; and could see us going there again. It was relatively quiet; service was attentive – both our tea and coffee were refilled without having to ask – and the food was good. No wonder it has been in business since 1967!