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Davanti Enoteca
Italian Restaurant$$
Today 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
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1655 India St San Diego, CA 92101, United States
1655 India StreetUSCaliforniaSan Diego92101
(619) 237-9606davantienoteca.com
$$Italian Restaurant, Wine BarToday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmTuesday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmWednesday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmThursday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmFriday 11:00 am – 11:00 pmSaturday 11:00 am – 11:00 pmSunday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
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When restaurateur Scott Harris decided to open his latest restaurant concept, he and the team of chefs from Francesca’s Restaurants did their research. Although already experts in their own right for rustic, Italian cuisine in Chicago, the chefs traveled across the country, eating and tasting to discover how chefs nationwide defined this cuisine. Inspired by their travels, the team is proud to introduce the new wine bar and restaurant: Davanti Enoteca in Little Italy.

Davanti Enoteca carries the themed cuisine of simple Italian fare throughout the décor of the rustic wine bar and restaurant. Exposed brick wine walls display the bottles that guests can enjoy at their table.

In addition to multiple high-top and table seating, the bar made of 180-year-old refurbished barn wood houses frozen taps for local beer and  for chilled house-infused vodka. Additional décor details include lighting made from old glass milk jugs and potato sacks and patchwork wall coverings of the fronts of old wine boxes.

As for the menu, small plate starters include selections of vasi (jars of spreads) and boards (tableside presentations of dishes such as the mascarpone polenta and ragu of the day). Larger shareables will include pastas such as Uovo in Raviolo ‘San Domenico’ (giant ravioli, ricotta, egg, spinach), pizzas like Pizza della Fattoria (farmed egg, potato, pork belly, scallions, asiago, and béchamel) and entrées such as Spada Davanti (grilled swordfish, brussel spouts, pancetta, Calabrian chili).

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Rustic-chic hot spot known for its large patio, happy hour & diverse menu of refined Italian eats.- Google
"The brunch menu here is fantastic and the bloody mary is the best in town."
"Your liver will thank me for giving it some good substance."
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Jennifer Rea
a month ago
The brunch menu here is fantastic and the bloody mary is the best in town. Try the hash made with bell peppers, pork belly and poached eggs. Then, add a side of sausage for the whole table to share.
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Natalia Smith
8 months ago
Visit Wed evening, sat at the bar. Staff was friendly and helpful. Enjoyed a few beverages, bruschetta (daily topping: arugula, prosciutto, and balsamic), pizza (10') w/ spicy peppero ($50). Bruschetta had nice chew and fresh flavors. The pizza was delicious and just enough spice. Would return next trip to Little Italy.
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Jay Edwards
9 months ago
This place is the business! Had a birthday brunch with 20+ compadres and it was one of the best brunches I've had in SD. Upon arrival, the staff greeted us and made sure that we had our reserved table. As people started arriving, they advised us how to best place orders to keep the party going w/o a hitch. The decor was nice and comfortable and they even had some decent music playing in the background...a lot of reggae too, but WGAF, it was better than some other music I hear at other venues. The food: Had the 'Steak n Eggs' (that had some other fancy italian name) and it was outstanding. The steak was perfectly cooked. The eggs were buttery and the potatoes were a-ok. They also have a build your own bloody mary bar w/ house tomato sauce (and Clamato if ya nasty). They will also bring bacon for your drink. A virgin mary is available for the groms. But that's not my drink of choice...instead, go with the Jalapeno Business. The right amount of kick and sweet. OMG...f'ing great cocktail. A few members of the board had to order one after I demanded they take a sip of mine. It's the business. Overall, a great venue, friendly staff (-1 star) b/c we had to constantly hunt down our waitress. It was a busy day and it's not her fault, but you would think that management would give us our 'own' server. Get your asses down there and check it out for yourself...you won't be dissapointed.
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jacob sutley
a year ago
The Focaccia is awesome... Served as a warm thin crust with goat cheese baked inside and a cube of fresh honeycomb to spread. MMMm m m ....
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Jennifer Meram
5 months ago
One word: focaccia. That's all you need to order; that's all you need to go there for. Focaccia with honeycomb on top will remind you that there is a God in heaven and he enjoys good food. The atmosphere is whimsical with the welcoming Italian vibe. I've never had a server who hasn't been on-point and passionate about the food they're serving. And the wine/cocktail choices..? Your liver will thank me for giving it some good substance. Be sure to try their pizzas (Bianca is my favorite, and yes that's the name), but just save room for the focaccia. In case you can't tell, that's really all I care about.
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Barb F
a month ago
Always great service. Food is incredible! :-)
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Ralph Maiolo
9 months ago
Been to this place three times in the last 3 weeks - and we live in Poway. Love it here and will keep coming back. try the Calabrese pizza!
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Cameron Christian
11 months ago
Probably the best Italian ever. Interesting dishes and the Ragu.. Seriously, the Ragu.