On Coronado Island I walked with some friends to Il Fornaio, an Italian restaurant with views of the bay and the San Diego skyline.
The five of us decided to share three salads and three pastas, family style. We had a hard time finishing it all!
We had the Insalata di bietole ($10.59) with organic red and golden beets atop wild arugula and toasted walnuts covered with a slice of Asiago cheese in a lemon-olive oil dressing. We also had the Insalada Cesarina ($10.29) with some romaine in a Caesar dressing topped with two thin slices of Parmigiano, part of a hard-cooked egg and three focaccia croutons; and the insalada della casa ($10.79) an ample chopped salad with romaine, radicchio, cannellini beans, avocado, tomato and cucumber all in a Gorgonzola dressing. I’d skip the anemic Caesar if I returned.
Next we shared three pasta dishes. My favorite was the truly spicy Calamarata alle melanzane ($16.99) — large pasta rings tossed with diced eggplant, tomatoes, Calabrese peperoncini and smoked mozzarella. A melange of wonderful flavors.
We also liked the slightly spicy Maccarruni Ccura ‘Ndujia e Melingiane ($15.99) – listed on their special Calabria menu offered only in March. That dish consisted of spaghetti with sausage and eggplant ragu all tossed with a Cabarian ‘ndujia (a spicy spreadable pork sausage) sauce and topped with shaved ricotta salata cheese. Quite a hearty dish.
Our third pasta was the Cappellacci di zucca ($18.99) butternut squash and walnut-filled ravioli in a brown butter with some tomato sauce, garnished with Parmigiano and crispy fried sage. A dish so rich that we all concurred the only way to eat this dish is shared – one ravioli was more than enough.
If you’re on Coronado Island, I suggest you stop by.
1333 1st St
Coronado, CA 92118