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Trattoria Don Pietro - Hot New Restaurant in Old Town San Diego, CA

Joy Sun | @littlejoybigworld

There’s a new restaurant on the block, and it is definitely the most poppin’ restaurant in all of Old Town! Trattoria Don Pietro brings a combination of old world Sicilian flavors in a new, modern world setting. Their outdoor seating is incredibly aesthetic and is sure to grab anyone's attention with wisteria, photo-worthy spots in every corner, and fire pits to cozy up by when the sun goes down. Their interior is just as gorgeous, with low light bringing a more intimate and cozy ambiance.

The Busalacchi family has worked tirelessly to make Trattoria Don Pietro come to life, and it's evident everywhere you look. The Busalacchis are no strangers to the restaurant industry, with notable restaurants all over San Diego's Little Italy and Gaslamp District. Pietro Busalacchi, one of the co-owners and the general manager of Trattoria Don Pietro, spent some time in Los Angeles studying and learning from the trendiest restaurants. That coupled with his upbringing in authentic Sicilian cuisine, each diner receives a traditional yet modern dining experience.

Their menu boasts lots of Italian classics we're all used to, like bruschetta, gnocchi, spaghetti. Even if you've had these dishes elsewhere, you need to try them here. The Bruschetta ($12) was some of the best I'd ever had, made with pomodoro, garlic, basil, evoo, romano. So simple, so delicious! The same went for their Spaghetti ($19). I wasn't expecting much from such a traditionally simple dish, but here they use a pistachio cream sauce and finely diced prosciutto, topped off with a generous sprinkling of fresh crushed pistachios. It was my first time having spaghetti with pistachio sauce, and it was a highly enjoyable experience. Another dish I also really enjoyed was the fried burrata. I already love burrata, but breaded and fried so it's crispy outside and melty and stringy inside?!
Fried burrata, Spaghetti, Braised Short RibCourtesy of Joy Sun

For lovers of fried appetizers like me, I highly recommend that fried burrata. Their Calamari Fritti ($15) is also worth ordering, as well as the Arancini ($12) which is like a fried ball of rice, ground beef, English peas, parmigiano, and parsley. And if you're not feeling pasta, they have dishes such as polpo (octopus) and Braised Short Rib ($32) which is served on a bed of risotto. There are also some unique dishes I've yet to see elsewhere, like sfincione (Sicilian-style pizza), paccheri (traditional Sicilian sugu and meatballs).

Make sure you wash it all down with one of their gorgeous cocktails! They have a growing selection of wines, rose, and cocktails. Even more impressive, they serve a 128 oz sparkling sangria frosé, which sounds like the perfect drink for the warming weather.

From the ambiance to the presentation of each dish, you'll be saying "Minchia Che Buona!" before you know it.

Their grand opening is on April 27th, so be sure to check them out! This is one place you definitely want to add to your rotation of delicious, instagram-worthy restaurants in San Diego!

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