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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Al Teatro Panini Grill (Downtown, San Diego)

1254 3rd Avenue 
San Diego, CA 92101

Summary: The food here is excellent and for those who like a sweet coffee drink, the Nocciola, will knock you off of your feet. It is loaded with nutella. I came across this cozy Italian sandwich shop by chance 6 years ago and it quickly became my favorite breakfast/lunch spot in Downtown San Diego.  I have not a clue why it is not better known.

Food: No frills, but the food is authentic, hearty and homemade (and quick). I think over the years I have had nearly every thing that they have to offer and the panini's are excellent. Living in Europe now, it is always at the top of my list when I go back to my roots for a visit. Baked goods are the best in San Diego.

Atmosphere: It is a very small cafe, reminiscent of something you would find in a small European village. The decor is dark wood, old, tons of pictures covering the walls, very Italian. I think it is perfect.

Service: The service, much like the atmosphere and food is no frills and very casual. The owner's mom, a lovely Italian lady has served me every single visit and she is quite lovely and very conversational once you get chatting to her, but it is definitely not the place to go if you want perfect service.

Would I go back? Absolutely. A San Diego must.

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