This quiet, candlelit restaurant in the Golden Triangle's Renaissance Towne Center is a family-run alternative to the many chains of the inland La Jolla area. The menu is fairly basic but tasty Italian, with specialties like veal scallops with mushrooms, and pear-and-sundried-tomato-stuffed ravioli. The mixed-greens salad with shrimp and avocado nicely kicks off a meal that may go on simply to a sausage pizza, homemade gnocchi with pesto, chicken Marsala, or grilled salmon.
Ask for a banquette table and enjoy the suave, eager-to-please service. Portions are big but it's worth saving some to leave room for the tiramisu.