If you are looking for authentic Italian food in a historic environment that reflects the small shop life of Italy you may want to frequent Operacaffe. Located in the busy Gaslamp district of San Diego it attracts fine dining enthusiasts that seek a unique dining experience. Seafood, steak and pasta are only part of their main offerings. You can sit on the street side terrace or inside.
The lights are low and the décor is traditional European. Antique pictures, cabinets and tapestry line the walls while traditional table cloths only add to the experience. As a fine dining establishment they have taken impeccable care to ensure that the atmosphere is both inviting to guests and providing a romantic ambiance.
There are many restaurants but only one Operacaffe. If you are a pasta lover try the Ravioli Bascaiola made with mushrooms, sage and butter sauce. If you are seeking to avoid pasta you can try one of their salads, meat, or fish offerings. Appetizers and wine are also offered at a reasonable price. Food is labeled with Italian titles and English ingredients making it convenient for most customers.
The restaurant hosts authentic northern Italian cuisine. Southern cuisine is known for its fish, shrimp, and Mediterranean styles while the northern cuisine is oriented toward cattle, cheese, and butter based sauces (1). The owners are from northern Italy and try and bring their northern style to San Diego.
They have done well bringing into alignment the style, furniture, price, servicescape, and menu to ensure that there is consistency in their theme. This is important in helping their core demographic customers experience authentic Italy and ensure that they want to return. It is a place that just beacons you to order a glass a wine with your food.