If you’re looking for amazing Italian food in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter the lovely Osteria Panevino is sure to impress. They have a beautiful outdoor patio or a more quiet indoor seating area depending on your mood. We chose to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful weather.
Usually we like to start our meal with a cocktail and although the two pictured here look small, they are mighty! I don’t think Jarod’s ever been presented with such a small Old Fashioned before but it’s now on his list of favorites! Proof that looks can be deceiving! I had the Grapefruit Margarita and it was so refreshing. It’s been a bit hotter than normal here in San Diego so this is the perfect summer cocktail to cool you off. Not in the mood for a cocktail, they have 300+ wines to choose from!
The staff at Osteria Panevino were extremely helpful when it came time to recommend items on the menu. I love when your server is knowledgeable because sometimes it’s hard to decide what you want! For appetizers we went with two different ones. The Carpaccio Palmito and the Bruschettone Burrata. I think I’ve mentioned this before but if there is burrata somewhere on the menu, I will find it and I will order it! That soft and creamy cheese paired perfectly with all of the basil, tomatoes and balsamic drizzle.
The Carpaccio Palmito was a very refreshing and light appetizer. If you want something to kick start your meal but don’t want anything too heavy, this one is a winner! I loved the thinly sliced filet mignon, hearts of palm, freshly squeezed lemon and avocado.
When visiting a place like Osteria Panevino you have a variety of options to choose from in the entree department. Since it was our first time here I felt like I had to stick to the homemade pasta dishes. How can I pass up freshly made pasta? Jarod and I always have food fomo if we order something and want what the other person ordered so we often share. We went with the Ravioli Di Aragosta and The Pappardelle Ragu E Porcini. Both were amazing.
My favorite was the Ravioli Di Aragosta. It has homemade ravioli filled with lobster meat, creamy butter sage emulsion, diced asparagus, & aged parmigiano. My only complaint is that there wasn’t more! We easily devoured the whole plate. Jarod’s favorite was the Pappardelle Ragu E Porcini. He’s more of a traditional pasta lover and this dish hit the mark! We both loved the fresh tomato flavor combined with the crumbled veal and porcini mushrooms. This dish was a big one so I definitely recommend sharing. Or don’t…leftover pasta is always the best!
Just like a visit to Grandma’s house, this place will not let you leave hungry! After our amazing pasta entrees it was time for not one but two different desserts. We had the Creme Brûlée and the Limoncello Cake. Both were amazing and I’m almost embarrassed to admit we ate all of them. Don’t worry though, we immediately went to the San Diego Zoo afterwards and walked all of this off. Since the Zoo is so close to downtown it was the perfect way to close out our evening!
So if you’re looking for a relaxing and romantic atmosphere with delicious Italian food be sure to visit Osteria Panevino in the Gaslamp Quarter. It was a wonderful dining experience and I look forward to coming back to try more of the menu!
📍Osteria Panevino: 722 5th Ave, San Diego, CA
🚗Parking: Street Parking or paid lot parking.
👗Attire: Business Casual
🍽 Perfect For: Couples, Families, Small Groups
☀️Outdoor Seating Available: Yes
🐶 Dog Friendly: Yes
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