Cucina Urbana, downtown San Diego

We had tickets to see "The Tempest" at the Old Globe and found Cucina Urbana, by looking at a map.  It is just across the El Prado bridge and less than a ten minute walk from the theater.  It was Pride Weekend and the walk across was more lively than usual with crowds of rainbow-clad partiers. 

Shrubs are having a moment and I'm glad.  It's a refreshing alternative to a cocktail for those who don't wish to drink.  (A drink before an evening show would have put me to sleep after intermission.)  I had this admirable shrub with grapefruit, blood orange and thyme:

 As the restaurant name suggests, it is an Italian-inspired menu with both traditional and untraditional items.  For example, there is a classic chicken fra diavola, but also a beet and grapefruit salad with whipped goat cheese and greens.

We had started with a traditional appetizer of squash blossoms stuffed with lemon ricotta and then fried.  The outside was crisp and the interior creamy.  For mains, we had branzino and a dish with garganelli with mushrooms.  Both were very good.  We couldn't stay for dessert, because the theater called. 

The restaurant is very attractive with an expansive wine list.  It also includes burgers, steaks and pizza.

The fried squash blossoms

Garganelli look like tiny hoses

Fish with fregola


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