Dear Chow Friends: thanks to all of you for the wonderful resto recs that you have provided me with. I have had a fantastic few days of meals while getting my daughter moved in thanks to you all. Mostly, thanks to Lillian for her willingness to meet me and to share a new chow experience and to the three stealth chowhounds that we serendipitously met with. (BTW, looking forward to seeing each of you on the boards more often and would love to communicate with you privately via email if you will write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org)
In return, I have discovered a find to share with you all: Rosanna's Pasta! After four days of heavy lifting and van load after van load of moving stored stuff and furniture, I thought DH deserved a restful evening. We started off with some nice beers at Pizza Port in Solano Beach. Although the beer was good and the appetizers adequate, the atmosphere in the late afternoon portended high intensity and I knew it was time to move to someplace else.
I had three options marked on my list. The one that sounded the most interesting was Rosanna's Pasta in Encinitas. I called to see if I could get a reservation. The chef answered and said no reservation needed. When I asked what the special of the night was, he answered that he could make anything special for us. What an invitation! Couldn't pass that up.
After the appetizers we had, we weren't all that hungry. However, I am always up for trying new things. I ventured into the pasta shop. Good sign: there was a line at the cash register. I let several people step in front of me since I was so indecisive. The people who took my place in line were quick to give me suggestions: try the ravioli! My kids love the meatballs! You can't go wrong with the breads! It was obvious to me that the locals all knew that this was the spot to pick up really freshly made pasta and breads.
Finally, it was my turn and I got Rosanna at the register. I told her I wasn't that hungry but wanted to try some of the house specialties. I told her I wanted a small pizza-- maybe the Greek? How about the linguini? She assured me those were good choices and suggested a small green salad to go with my choices. I asked if they serve wine. She had rung up my items already. Anywhere else, this would have been the signal to end the ordering, pay up and step aside. Instead, Rosanna suggested that I browse the wine bottles on the shelf and select something. She moved on to help the next customer.
I found a couple of bottles of pinot grigio but being unfamiliar with either, brought both to the counter. She very patiently told me the virtues of each and then nudged me toward the Italian one. I said okay and asked her to finish ringing me up. End of story, right? No! Rosanna said the wine wasn't chilled. I said that's fine. We'll take it as is. She took it from me and said she would take care of it. My DH was sitting patiently at a table outside the pasta shop. What did you order, he asked. I told him Rosanna would take care of us and that I ordered light.
A few minutes later, the chef came out with linguine in clam sauce. He brought us two plates so we could share. It was obvious that the pasta was freshly made and toothsome. The sauce was delicous, a spicy tomato sauce with lots of clams. Then Rosanna appeared with the bottle of pinot grigio in a pitcher of iced water. She proclaimed, "Just like in Italy!" It was perfect. Next the Greek pizza came out and then a small green salad. The food was plentiful and delcious. As good as it was, we couldn't finish it all but we were oh so satisfied with what we had and our dear daughter will be the lucky beneficiary of all the leftovers.
While we were enjoying our dinner, I noticed that there was a steady stream of customers coming to pick up fresh pasta, breads, deli meats and gelato to go. I wished that I could move this operation to Northern California so that I could enjoy this deliciousness in my own backyard. Unfortunately, I must count on you, my fellow hounds, to enjoy this food and to report on it so that I can enjoy it vicariously.
The chef's name is Jean Louis. He is French and a trained chef. He is responsible for the fresh house made pasta and other yummy items. Rosanna is the Italian woman who works the register. What a charming hostess! And the waitress who was so helpful, kind and gracious is Alexandra, their daughter. Please drop in and tell them that I sent you to check them out. I really want them to do well.
270 N. El Camino Real, Suite 1
Thanks again for your help on my trip to move my daughter in to her apt. in San Diego. My thank you gift is this find of Rosanna's Pasta. Please enjoy and report back!
270 N El Camino Real Suite 1, Encinitas, CA 92024
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