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Petrini's Italian Restaurant

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Sun, 2/17
8:00 PM

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Plain 3.00
Ham & cheese $4.50
Chocolate filled $4.50
Apricot or Cheese Danish
They are very big & very good
Apple Turnover
Crunchy shell filled w/ ricotta, chocolate & almond flavors.
Cantucci (for 4) $2.50
Amaretti (for 4) $3.00
Mixed $2.75
Italian Cookies Cantucci
Biscotti cantucci-bleached flour mixed w/ natural almonds & pure vanilla extract. Biscott amaretti-almond flour dough flavored w/ real almond extract & covered w/ toasted pine nuts.
Fig Loaf w/ Butter
This is a great starter to go w/ your hot coffee.
Pane w/ Cream Cheese
Your choice of our baked cardamom or focaccia bread.
Sugar dough tart filled w/ pastry cream custard flavored w/ a hint of lemon, topped w/ sliced almonds & powdered sugar.
Alle Mele
“Sponge dough” crust filled w/ sliced golden apples, topped w/ apricot glaze.
Alle Pere
Sugar dough tart filled w/ a thin layer of apricot jam & amaretto almond paste, topped w/ pear halves.
Petrini's Italian Toast
Our version of this classic breakfast uses Italian bread drenched in our own egg batter, grill fried, & served smothered w/ a hot mixed berry compote.
Focaccia w/ Smoked Salmon
Our toasted focaccia bread lightly toasted & served w/ “cugino” joey’s delicious smoked salmon, cream cheese, tomato, red onion, capers & a dash of pepper.
Cugino Mike's Baked Pancake
My cousin Mikey’s special recipe for pancake batter is baked in the oven & then topped w/ a bit of our special anisette cream & our fantastic mixed berry compote. an incredible flavor extravaganza
Jeanette's Hash
Grilled rosemary & garlic red skinned potatoes mixed w/ our marinated flat iron steak, fresh egg, & provolone & mozzarella cheese. This dish helped me land my wife
Smoked Salmon Hash
Same potatoes (see above) topped w/ our smoked salmon, a fried egg, alfredo sauce & seasoned w/ a light lemon zest. This is an absolute delight
Hash w/ Caponata
A twist for the vegetarians, this version of potato (see above-- again) uses our caponata fried in & then topped w/ melted provolone & mozzarella & a bit of pommarolo sauce for good measure.
Anisette Musilex Crema
Our handcrafted anisette flavored cream is poured atop a local specially prepared, hearty granola mix & then sprinkled w/ lemon zest. This is a great way to wake your mouth up.
Musilex & Imported Italian Yogurt
This flavored yogurt is imported, & tastes of it. Ask your server for available options.
With meat & veggies
Vegies Only
Baked eggs topped w/ provolone & mozzarella.
With meat $6.25
Without meat $5.25
Veggies only $6.50
Egg & provolone cheese sandwich made w/ toasted focaccia.
Uovo $6.25
Meat $7.25
Uovo in Pane
One egg fried in the center of a slice of fresh cardamom bread, then topped w/ our béchamel sauce.
Uovo Benedetto
Italian eggs benedict using a polenta cake grilled w/ pesto sauce & topped w/ your choice of our handmade sausage, Italian capicollo, or canadian bacon, a fried egg, & our delicious béchamel sauce.
With sausage, capicollo, or canadian bacon two eggs served your way, w/ meat of your choice, & toasted italian bread.
Baked Pancake w/ Syrup
Grilled Rosemary Garlic Potatoes
With honey $3.25
Grilled Polenta Cake
Imported Italian Yogurt
Ask your server for flavors.
Grilled Meat
Ask for capicollo, Italian sausage, or canadian bacon.
1 Egg $2.00
2 Egg $4.00
3 Egg $6.00
Eggs Your Way 1 Egg
Toasted Italian Bread
Champagne or Mimosa
Bloody Mary
Orange Juice or Cranberry Juice
Panna Spring Water
Pelegrino Sparkling Water
Hot Tea
Petrini's is a small family owned Italian restaurant. My family has been in the business since 1958. We serve tried true recipes from my family. We make everything homemade in the restaurant . We specialize in our housemade sausage and sauces. As my Nono use to say "La Famiglia Mangia". (the family eats)
$9 - $24
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Brunch, Lunch
Italian, Pizza
Validated Parking, Television, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
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All reviews pasta cheesy garlic bread the italian wedding soup italian food waitress was friendly and attentive happy hour deals nice ambience tuesday night wonderful food recommend this restaurant place to eat portions provolone capers coeliac mouth homemade
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Visited on a weeknight with a reservation - didn’t need one as it was 10% full when we arrived. Were told to “sit anywhere”. Service was fine until restaurant got busier, and then our server was obviously being pulled in to other tables, and then...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank 63TracyAnn
Reviewed 1 week ago

We happened upon this place because it was close to our hotel and it was raining so we wanted someplace close. We were disappointed with our pizza considering it is an Italian restaurant in Little Italy. The toppings weren't too bad but the crust was...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank denlin
Reviewed 1 week ago

The pasta was wonderful and the service was great. Prices are very good and the menu has lots of selections. Right in Little Italy just a short walk from nearby hotels.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank GenotheViking
Reviewed December 19, 2018 via mobile

Lovely restaurant with cozy ambience! Came here on a Tuesday night and it was quiet and not crowded. Waitress was friendly and attentive. Happy hour deals on drinks and apps, house red wine was great with good portions! The gnocchi seemed to be the table...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank ibacklund100
Reviewed December 2, 2018 via mobile

I recently had the pleasure of dining at this family owned and operated restaurant and absolutely loved everything about it. I've been in the past, but it's been a few years. They fall off my radar since they are not in the heart of Little...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Keri B
Reviewed November 14, 2018

Great location in Little Italy and quieter and less hectic than many of the other Italian restaurants in the area. Ideal for up to 40 private lunch or happy hour get together. Lovely helpful owner. The salads were fresh and delicious. My favorites are the...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank DianaTraveler
Reviewed November 13, 2018

Thank you to the owners for hosting our San Diego Professional Tour Guide Association meeting. The food was fabulous, my favorite was the Lasagna. And the hospitality can't be beat. Please check out this fabulous restaurant right on the corner of India and Ash in...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Karen A
Reviewed November 13, 2018

Petrini's has excellent Tuscan Italian food. I especially love their Shrimp Scampi dish. Their lasagna is also delicious. The portions are generous. While there, we had the privilege of meeting one of the owners. She is delightful and her whole team is top-notch and very...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank AWhetton
Reviewed November 13, 2018

The San Diego Tour Guide Association held their November members meeting at Petrini's Restaurant in Little Italy. Wow, fantastic food and great service. The dining area only sits about 40 people, so you feel like your are intimate setting. Quiet and contemporary ambiance. A great...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Borgs5053
Reviewed November 8, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I had dinner here tonight as it was a block from our Best Western Hotel. It was around 5:30 so they were having Happy Hour specials. We ordered two glasses of house wine at $5. each. My husband had the shrimp and...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 981Linda
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