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Marina residents—and, judging from the crowds, everybody else—gravitate to this lively trattoria, named for the autostrada that winds through Italy's sunny south. The kitchen serves the food of Naples and surrounding Campania, with a twist of seasonal California ingredients. Cult classics on the menu include creamy burrata with olive oil and crostini and crisp-crust pizzas, including a classic Neapolitan Margherita (mozzarella, tomato, and basil). Among the regularly changing pastas are rustic favorites like maccaronara with ragu napoletana and house-made ricotta salata, and dishes like petrale sole with Monterey squid, sunchokes, and grilled lemon with salmoriglio (a southern Italian sauce with garlic and herbs). An expertly chosen wine list of primarily southern Italian with some California wines suits the fare perfectly, along with a newly expanded beer list. The long dining room includes an animated bar scene near the door; ask for a table in the quieter alcove at the far end or try for the patio. Reservations are easier to snag midweek.

    Restaurant Details

  • Reservations essential.
  • No lunch Sat.–Tues.
Updated: 04-30-2013

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    A16 Review

    Yes, a tad on the noisy side but great food and an extensive Italian wine list. The food was excellent. I had the braised tripe as an appetizer....awesome.

    by bcjagman, 7/13/10
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    Hip and urban

    Good food, great thin crust pizza, we went early and it filled up on a Saturday night by 6:15.

    by orlew92, 4/16/07
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    boston visitor

    great food not matched by the atmosphere; nice buzz to the place but had to keep back door and roof window open to keep the ventilation acceptable; this makes for a pretty cool place if you're sitting in the rear of the restaurant. Seems like a strange requirement for a restaurant with top notch food and good service.

    by frankcarr, 3/24/07

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