What started out as a family business back in Santa Barbara, has lured David Petrini right back into the fold. David moved all over the place trying to realize his dream and somehow San Diego is where it all came to fruition. The recipes have been handed down from many family members.
David’s Dad and his 2 brothers started the family restaurants in 1958 and by the 1980’s they had 5 restaurants. David digressed from the restaurant business for many years, trying his hand in acting, landscaping, moving to many differed cities. 8 years ago he bought what was then Urban Earth Café, and turned into a home style Italian restaurant. Filled with its regular customers, everyone has something good to say about Petrini’s.
Oddly, Petrini’s is in a commercial building, which may not be conducive to a homey Italian atmosphere, but their great food cancels that out. There is a large piano in the corner, and they play spotify’s acoustic lunch, for a nice mellow feel. There is a cute small bar with a nice simple interior.
My server and manager Shawna sat me down in a great location and told me about my dining neighbors. She said you will be siting next to the Martins, they are very friendly. Well Kathy and Haywood Martins, were more then friendly. They offered up some great neighborhood stories having lived in Little Italy for over 35 years. Kathy said she loved their pizza because it is gluten free and she would never want it another way. Her husband Bob said that Petrini’s is so good, because everyone is friendly and its just plain good home-style Italian fare, like no one else in Little Italy can do!
Here’s what I tried:
Antipasto Salad, there are so many sliced up cold cuts in this perfect salad. The dressing is also a great accomplishment. They actually bottle and sell this great vinaigrette.
Pizza with Pepperoni, sausage, and mushrooms. They load the topping on and they make their own sausage. The crust is nice and crispy throughout, a good little pie.
Lasagna with homemade lasagna that’s meatless but has a meat sauce. They make the sauce way in advance, just like your Nonna would make, I love this dish.
Fantini Trebbiano D’Abruzzo 2012, Product of Italy. This was a nice light white wine that went great with the antipasto salad.
Fantini Farnese Montepulciano D’ Abruzzo 2012, Product of Italy. This is a very dry wine that paired great with the lasagna.
Petrini’s is know as The Hidden Gem on the South End” When your looking for an enjoyable little lunch spot try Petrini’s.
610 West Ash Street, Suite 100
San Diego, CA. 92101