I had lunch today at Barolo's in UTC based on Honkman's suggestion (next to UTC Mall in La Jolla) and will definitely go again. Photos included. The lunch prices are about $12 an entree, and it's impressive at its price point for being in San Diego (and especially UTC). Having gone there a few years back, I'd consider this my #2 goto for Italian in San Diego after Piatti. I work in west Mira Mesa, and for a nice lunch this would be on the top of my list along with driving to Convoy. I'd recommend it for dinner if it's in your area and you like Italian. Like Honkman I'd also recommend Piatti.
They serve bread with olive oil and basalmic vinegar - simple and good.
I went with a friend, and we ordered these two dishes:
Farfalle al Gorgonzola e Pollo - Bowtie pasta with gorgonzola and chicken in a light cream sauce
Ravioli di Pera - Homemade ravioli stuffed with pear and parmesan with a sauce of marscarpone cheese, pear, walnuts and sundried tomatoes
I had the ravioli, and it was good. Great aroma, wonderful filling and sauce, good texture. There were crushed walnuts that were fine but the dish is just as good either way. I didn't have the dried tomatoes they added as they don't suit me. If you have this, I'd recommend you ask them to leave that out. This isn't their best dish but it made for a satisfying lunch.
I'd recommend the Farfalle more because it's exceptional in my opinion (I had a sample of my friend's dish). The sauce was remarkably good - gorgonzola melted into an alfredo sauce. The chicken was cooked tender and flavorful. Not everyone is pleased with good simplicity so this is just my impression.
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This restaurant is good compared to San Diego, and one of the few good Italian places I'd recommend. It's also close to Mira Mesa which is a plus in my book - I'll drive 20 minutes to Convoy for lunch sometimes because there's few good places in west Mira Mesa. If I made a top five list of Mira Mesa, Soup Plantation and Inn and Out would make the list to give you an idea. A Croutons recently opened up and it's great for what it is.
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