Fodor's Expert Review CUCINA enoteca

$$ Del Mar Italian

An offshoot of Bankers Hill's Cucina Urbana, enoteca occupies a grand two-story space in the Flower Hill Promenade shopping center and is as notable for its whimsical decor—antler chandeliers, burlap-wrapped chairs, and more than 400 horse figurines honor the restaurant's proximity to the Thoroughbred Club—as it is for its beloved Italian food. There are many familiar favorites like the creamy polenta board and pizzas, as well as unique enoteca plates, including a chicken-liver paté with apricot mostarda, short-rib pappardelle, and chicken fra diavolo. The bustling bar and on-site wine shop serve more than 200 varietals, all sold table-side at retail, plus a $9 corkage fee (waved on Sunday). For a little zucchero in your life, try the chocolate panna cotta with mascarpone cream.

Italian Modern Italian Service Trendy Lively Dinner $$

Quick Facts

2730 Via de la Valle
Del Mar, California  92014, USA

858-704–4500

www.cucinaenoteca.com

Known For:
  • Wines at retail
  • Daily deals 4:30–6
  • Buffet-style antipasti during Sunday brunch
  • Garden-like second-floor seating area
  • Garden-like second-floor seating area
  • Daily deals 4–6
  • Gardenlike second-floor seating area
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: No lunch. Closed Mon.

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