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Barolo Review

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.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 8935 Towne Center Dr., La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92122 | Map It
  • Phone: 858/622–1202
  • Website:
  • Location: La Jolla

    Restaurant Details

  • Credit cards accepted.
  • No lunch weekends.
Updated: 12-03-2012

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    Barolo Review

    I can't get enough of Barolo. I was introduced to this restaurant a few years ago and love it more every time I go back. I have family in Italy, and the food is the most authentic (central/northern) Italian food you can find in San Diego. The bread and pasta are made fresh, and the salads are large and tasty. The pear ravioli is my new favorite obsession with its white cream sauce, crunchy nuts and tangy sun dried tomatoes. The lasagna is also the best I have ever had.

    During our most recent dinner we ended the night with tiramasu, which was rich and the perfect way to end the night. I highly recommend Barolo for a warm, authentic Italian meal.

    by blazinjeans, 9/23/09
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    Hidden Treasure

    This was a delightful surprise in every way. Small, unassuming, friendly and absolutely delicious. We enjoyed Calamari, Pear & goat cheese ravioli, Filet with gargonzola and rabbit - every morsel was fresh and made to order. The pasta and bread baked fresh daily for sure. We finished the evening with the best Tiramasu we've ever had and the chocolate coconut tort was yummy. We can't wait to return. Bonnie & Brion

    by Ssparky08, 7/8/08
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    Thankful for Thanksgiving

    Visited Barolo when in San Diego over Thanksgiving. A food snob for years (hey, my screen name says it all), Barolo lived up to the hype it was given (by a newspaper article I had read). Chef Luca throws together light elements that blend perfectly. Pear ravioli, the lasagna and the veal were only 3 of the 5 dishes tasted that night. All were done perfectly and (Italian) correct. The service, though not so quick as it was extremely busy, was professional and lively. Salds and carpaccio were delivered expertly and the presentation was only outdone by the tast. But as the name of the restaurant declares, the WINE is just as important as the food (well, almost). The owner (Gino) directed us toward a (OK, so I'm easy maybe) Barolo. I figured if it's in the name... Awesome choice. It went perfectly with my hearty lasagna. All in all a tremendous gastric experience. A fair value. Truly a hidden gem. Oh yeah... as the Governator says... "I'll be back!!!"

    by Connoisseur21, 1/5/08
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    I was starving and trusted my wife's coworker's suggestion...

    First of all I feel very sorry for the people leaving good review about this dump...It is really sad seeing that still in 2007 Americans don't know shit about authentic Italian food...give them some crap and they will reply: "Delicious". Anyway... I rated 1 because there is no zero and below available to vote. I can go on and on but I am sure that this web site doesn't have enough megabyte available...so I will say it in two words: POSTO DI MERDA!!! please get an italian-english dictionary if you are curious

    by mauripa, 7/15/07

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