Debbie in the OC

By Debbie Lavdas

Debbie in the OC





San Diego date night: TOAST Entoneca & Cucina Italian wine bar

Think San Diego sans kids for a fabulous date night, romantic Valentine’s celebration or carefree weekend away. TOAST is a fantastic, very quaint and cozy spot to dine downtown. If you’re a wine connoisseur or just discovering the love of vino, put it on your list. It’s also fun for a couples’ get-together.

TOAST Entoneca is the newest one-of-a-kind, authentic Italian wine bar that brings the world’s premier wines to the charming East Village neighborhood of San Diego’s famous downtown. Get reservations if you’re going, as the place is intimate at just 1,650 square feet, accommodating about 50 people inside.

The sophisticated spot is all about wines, but TOAST is also serious about cuisine. You have your pick of up to 300+ wines and 65 wines by the glass via tastings from state-of-the art wine dispensing Enomatic machines.

The authentic Italian food is designed to complement the wines. Chef Martin Gonzalez changes his menu every three months. February is the Chef’s Choice Surprise Menu (every Thursday). Enjoy three-courses, paired with three wines (3 oz. each) for $30 per person. The menu features dishes not ordinarily found on the regular menu as well.

Everything is really so delicious. When we visited, we were sure to try all the favorites. Popular starter menu items include the Assagio Di Formaggi cheese platter and the Insalata Di Cavolo Al Cachi E Pecorino (a light kale salad with persimmons and pecorino cheese in a balsamic vinaigrette). For entrees, consider the gluten-free Spaghetti or perhaps the unique Penne Di Carote Al Burro E Savvia (a carrot-infused fresh penne pasta in a butter and sage sauce). And the Gnocchi Americani Al Taleggio is a top pick (sweet potato gnocchi with a taleggio cheese sauce).

TOAST Enoteca & Cucina is the second concept from Martin Gonzalez, owner and executive chef of award-winning Acqua Al 2.

Toast Entoneca

927 J Street

San Diego, CA 92101

(619) 269-4207

toastentoneca.com

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