I have tried to understand why there seems to be a concentration of Italian restaurants in Encinitas (San Diego, North County coastal). Is this more Italian restaurants than usual for a small town? Don't misunderstand: I'm not complaining, I love the variety.
Here's my list off the top of my head, from South to North, not counting pizza-only joints. I've eaten in all but Firenze and Buca, and for the most part have been pleased.
When in Rome
Trattoria Italia (Next to Roxy's on 101. Not sure about the name.)
Vigilucci's (on the corner of 101 and D)
Buca di Beppo
There's another place next to Savon on Encinitas Blvd, and I'm sure there's something on 101 in Leucadia. Fill in the blanks.
We had dinner at T. Trulli for the first time the other night, and it was fun. The food was good, and the noise level was very high. We were outside, so the sound level didn't bother us too much. But there was sausage in a vegetarian pasta dish which could have been disastrous had we not been omnivores. But the chef came out to check, so that was worth some points.
T. Positano had a more subdued and classy atmosphere when I was there last year. I don't remember what I had now, but I was pleased with it.
I used to get great bread from Rosanna's, and sfollatelli too. I think they've gotten out of that business. Too bad.
And so on. I could go on. In the future I'll be more attentive, but for now it's just impressions. Maybe this subject is old to this board, but I'd be interested in a survey of these places. And no matter what you say, I really like Vigilucci's despite the small size. It's classy and has italian servers with infectious personalities.
Is anyone tracking this little subculture?