Osteria Romantica offers a glimpse into Italian history whereby the Square, Church and Osteria were common meeting places between the classes in villages. The ancient Osterias started in the late 1300’s and were typically inexpensive places where wine and sometimes food were offered. Generally, if there was food it was on a short list and people sat in common tables. Osteria Romantica is a restaurant but tries to maintain the charm of its historical cousin through expanded menu offerings.
They maintain a full menu that includes items like Calamari Affogati which is Calamari Sauteed in Fresh Tomato Sauce and Spinach and Risotto Profumo which is Italian Arborio Rice with Scamorza Cheese, Radicchio, Pears. Prices range from around $10 to $30. Their wine selection is large and prices are under $10. Considerable selection of alternative items is also available.
The restaurant is located down the street from La Jolla Beach. The street is busy during the lunch period but tapers off in the early evening hours. The background music, ocean air, and patio (or indoor) seating is refreshing when dinning. Parking is free and easy on the shop lined enclave. You may consider a walk around the neighborhood or down by the beach to recover from a feast.
2151 Avenida De La Playa La Jolla, CA 92037