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Sat, 1/18
8:00 PM

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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2019 Winner
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PRICE RANGE
$30 - $30
CUISINES
Italian
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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ANTIPASTI​
bruschetta toscana
italian toast topped with chopped tomato, fresh basil, garlic and extra virgin olive oil
6.95
calamari fritti
14.95
shrimp+5
la piramide
polenta, ham, porcini mushrooms, gorgonzola sauce
11.95
gli arancini
deep fried rice balls stuffed with mozzarella cheese
9.95
i coccoli
fried pizza dough, stracchino and mascarpone cheese, prosciutto di parma
11.95
brodetto vongole
manila​ clams, garlic, white wine, parsley in a spicy white or red fish broth
16.95
carpaccio di tonno
ahi tuna, endive, arugola, radish, citrus dressing
15.95
carpaccio di manzo
raw beef sirloin, lemon, arugola, shavings of parmigiano reggiano
14.95
tagliere toscano
serves two selection of cured meats and cheese
18.95
PIZZA​
pizza margherita
tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil
13.95
pizza opera
arugola, mozzarella, mascarpone, prosciutto di parma
15.95
capricciosa
champignon mushrooms, black olives, artichokes, ham, mozzarella and tomato sauce
15.95
hawaiiana
tomato sauce, mozzarella, pineapple, smoked ham
14.95
vegetariana
tomato sauce, mozzarella, all seasonal grilled vegetables
14.95
pepperoni
tomato sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni
14.95
pesto e gamberi
mozzarella, shrimp, pesto sauce
16.95
ZUPPE (SOUP)​
zuppa del giorno
ask server
7.95
minestrone
6.95
INSALATE​
la pera pazza
pear, watercress, gorgonzola, walnuts, lemon, honey dressing
10.95
patrizia
mixed greens, arugola, heart of palm, mozzarella, avocado, shaved parmigiano reggiano
13.95
la cesare
romaine lettuce, croutons, caesar dressing
8.95
chicken+4
shrimp+5
operacaffe 14.95
shrimp, mango, grilled red and yellow bell peppers, watercress, avocado, citrus dressing
la mista
mixed greens, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers
5.95
caprese
fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil
14.95
ahi tuna salad
ahi tuna, mixed greens, tomatoes and caper berries in a citrus dressing
15.95
di mare
seafood assortment, arugola, mixed greens, tomatoes, cannellini beans, lemon and extra virgin olive oil
17.95
oca giuliva
Mixed greens, arugola, duck Prociutto, walnuts, orange, sweet gorgonzola
13.95
insalata di salmone
grilled salmon filet with mixed greens, endive and tomatoes
18.95
PASTA​
penne carrettiera
tomatoes, garlic, chili pepper
14.95
penne speperina
spicy sausage, mascarpone, mint
16.95
farfalle campagnola
chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, broccoli, light cream sauce
15.95
spaghetti pomodoro
fresh tomatoes, garlic, basil
14.95
meatballs+4
shrimp+5
fettuccine al pesto
pine​ nuts, basil, garlic, extra virgin olive oil
16.95
chicken+4
shrimp+5
ravioli boscaiola
homemade ravioli stuffed with porcini mushrooms, sage, pine nuts and a creamy butter sauce
16.95
ravioli del fattore
homemade ravioli stuffed with ricotta and spinach in a mild spicy vodka sauce and porcini mushroom
16.95
fettuccine alfredo
15.95
chicken+4
shrimp+5
penne alla bolognese
bolognese style sauce
15.95
fettuccine primavera
grilled seasonal vegetables with olive oil, garlic, chili pepper
16.95
SEAFOOD PASTA​
linguine alle vongole veraci
manila clams, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, parsley, white wine, chili pepper
19.95
spaghetti di mare
seafood assortment in white wine with a touch of fresh tomatoes and chili pepper
19.95
penne portofino
freshwater jumbo shrimp, in shells flambeed with vodka, in a mild spicy pink sauce
23.95
farfalline salmone e vodka
smoked salmon, shallots, vodka in a light creamy sauce
17.95
penne alla kika
shrimp, manila clams and white wine in a light creamy sauce
19.95
ravioli aragosta
homemade ravioli stuffed with ricotta cheese and spinach in a light pink sauce with artichokes and lobster meat
23.95
tortelli di granchio
Homemade jumbo tortelloni, stuffed with Alaskan king crab and shrimp in a buttery thyme, rosemary, sage and shallots sauce with a touch of cream
23.95
risotto pescatora
seafood variety in white wine sauce or tomato sauce
19.95
SECONDI​
ossobuchi di cinghiale
wild boar shanks, served with fettuccine alfredo or saffron risotto
28.95
scaloppina ai porcini
Veal Scaloppina, garlic and white wine in a porcini mushroom sauce
26.95
saltimbocca alla romana
veal medallions topped with mozzarella cheese, sage and prosciutto in a white wine sauce
26.95
pollo limone
chicken​ breast in a creamy lemon sauce
18.95
pollo parmigiana
breaded chicken breast, tomato sauce and melted mozzarella
18.95
salmone al rosmarino
salmon filet, shallots, white wine and rosemary
28.95
la tagliata
filet mignon, arugola, polenta, tomatoes, gorgonzola sauce
29.95
filetto al chianti
beef tenderloin flambeed in a delicious chianti and balsamic vinegar sauce
29.95
filetto al pepe verde
filet mignon with peppercorn, cognac, tabasco in a light cream sauce
29.95
vitella alla parmigiana
breaded​ veal scaloppine with tomato and mozzarella cheese served with spaghetti
26.95
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Reviewed 1 week ago

From the greeter to the waiting staff through to the food it was faultless. The portion sizes are huge - so bring an appetite! The downside is that we had no space for dessert! We shared the rice balls to start followed by traditional pasta...More

Date of visit: January 2020
Thank Clifford H
Reviewed November 25, 2019

The pasta here was the best I've ever had, with perfect consistency and was definitely fresh. The gnocchi was also perfect. The service was great and the menu had a lot of options, but not too many. I'd definitely recommend Operacaffe to anyone.

Date of visit: November 2019
Thank corbyers111
Reviewed November 15, 2019

It was a very quiet night in SD we were here for the night before leaving on a dive trip and were staying close so had to try this out. It was great. We were seated quickly had great service and really tasty food. All...More

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank suptheusa
Reviewed November 8, 2019

The food is Italian, but not as good as elsewhere. The menu is fairly limited, but adequate. The atmosphere is great and the restaurant was just busy enough to create the right ambience. Service was good, so we had a very pleasant evening out.

Date of visit: November 2019
Thank SrgnFsh
Reviewed October 19, 2019 via mobile

We visited Operacaffe during our visit to Balboa Park hike. The restaurant is not far from there. We were charmed with true Italian decor and atmosphere. Food was delicious! We had bruschetta, pepperoni pizzas and seafood spaghetti (highly recommended!). We finished our meal with cappuccinos,...More

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank AllAroundTheWorld0
Reviewed October 18, 2019

The polenta aperitif was great with a wonderful sauce. The bruschetta was done perfectly. The seafood risotto was good but I've had much better risotto. The Caesar salad dressing tasting like it was homemade - not from a bottle. The place can be quite noisy...More

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank Andy R
Reviewed October 6, 2019

Menu had many great choices!!! Atmosphere was very much like being in Italy, small, cozy, with wait staff very attentive. Our food was good, probably not outstanding, but good. I would definitely go back.

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank cdscottks
Reviewed September 25, 2019

Great atmosphere. Quaint, excellent food, good wine, good staff and reminded me of being in Europe. Would definitely eat there again.

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank STraveling2019
Reviewed August 22, 2019

When we arrived the restaurant was a little quiet, however we were quite early. My wife had a vino to start $10.50 with Filetto Chianti $30.95, which was very good. I had a pizza, which was far too big, so I took a box. Service...More

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank MPP2703
Reviewed August 16, 2019

We enjoyed excellent pasta at Operacaffe. Service was prompt and efficient, and prices quite reasonable. Its location is perfect for dinner before a show at one of the theaters that are just across the street. Many of the San Diego Gaslamp restaurants are touristy and...More

Date of visit: August 2019
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