Meatball Cucina Opens in Downtown’s Broadway District

Released on: July 23, 2013, 7:27 am
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Industry: Food & Beverage

Meatball concept offers more than 60 combinations of meatballs and sauces inspired by the flavors of Italy

SAN DIEGO, -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- Meatball Cucina, San Diego's new modern Italian eatery, announced it's opening at 655 West Broadway today. Inspired by the flavors of Italy, Meatball Cucina introduces a meatball-themed experience of more than 60 combinations of meatballs and sauces, pizzas, signature paninis, insalate and antipasti options and more.

Guests can choose from pork, beef, veal, chicken, turkey, fish, vegan or classic (blend of pork, beef and veal) meatballs to pair with homemade sauces including classic tomato, spicy tomato, meatsauce, parmesan cream, gorgonzola cream, mushroom, pink tomato, basil pesto cream, roban (spicy light cream) or buffalo & gorgonzola. Pasta options include traditional spaghetti, penne or rigatoni. Meatball options are offered at $7.95 and pasta at $3.00.

A signature menu item, “Great Balls of Fire,” combines three classic meatballs cooked in a skillet with buffalo sauce, Gorgonzola cheese and a side of celery sticks. Classic Italian dishes by Executive Chef Gennaro Di Liso, from Naples, Italy, include “Spaghetti and Meatballs,” “Lobster Ravioli” and “Stuffed Calamari.”

Other specialties include a large classic meatball stuffed with short ribs, spinach and béchamel in a cream brandy sauce with Portobello mushrooms and a large tuna meatball stuffed with lobster in a cream saffron Chardonnay sauce.

Meatball Cucina offers a fresh interior and exterior remodel with a casual, rustic setting by Nicoll's Designs, and a covered patio allows guests to dine outside while enjoying the San Diego weather. With 7,000 square feet of space, Meatball Cucina offers seating for more than 100 guests with indoor and bar seating for 108 and patio seating for 38.

While Californian and Italian wines make up the majority of Meatball Cucina's wine selection, the restaurant also offers select wines from Argentina and Australia. All wines are kept in a temperature-controlled wine cellar to be served perfectly chilled, and guests are urged to pick their own wine from the cellar via iPad.

“I knew it was time to bring casual city dining to San Diego with Meaball Cucina,” said Alessandro Minutella, owner and managing partner of Meatball Cucina. “The concept is very casual and offers very reasonable pricing to entice the locals and travelers alike.”

Meatball Cucina offers happy hour daily from 4pm-6pm. Happy hour specials include half off meatballs, burgers, pizza, cocktails and wine. Additionally, specials change daily with half-price Meatball Monday's, half-price sliders on Wednesdays and half-price pizza and beer on Fridays. Desserts from the world famous Chocolat Cremerie include gourmet gelato, sorbet and gelato sandwiches.

Meatball Cucina is located at 655 West Broadway in Downtown San Diego. Meatball Cucina is open Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Parking in the building is validated after 5:00 pm daily.

Minutella is a noted icon in the restaurant industry for the past 20 years of his San Diego restaurant openings including Osteria Panevino, Greystone Steak House, Osetra Fish House and Chocolat. Meatball Cucina was originally provided by Greg Mueller of Tucker Sadler and the concept redesign was provided by Nicoll's Design.

For more information, visit www.meatballcucina.com, visit Meatball Cucina on Facebook or call (619) 564-7100.

About Meatball Cucina
Meatball Cucina is San Diego's modern Italian eatery. Inspired by restaurants in cities including New York, Las Vegas and of course, Italy, Meatball Cucina offers more than 60 combinations of meatballs and sauces, pizzas, signature paninis, insalate and antipasti options, and more. The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating, an extensive wine list, happy hour specials and daily specials.

Meatball Cucina is located at 655 West Broadway in Downtown San Diego. Meatball Cucina is open Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Parking in the building is validated after 5:00 pm daily.

For more information, visit www.meatballcucina.com, visit Meatball Cucina on Facebook or call (619) 564-7100.

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