Fodor's Expert Review Vigilucci's Cucina Italiana

$$$ Carlsbad Italian
Restaurateur Roberto Vigilucci's fell in love with San Diego in the '80s and decided to bring Milan to North County with four eateries that are fine-dining experiences without the stuffiness. While each has its own character, Vigilucci's on historic State Street has an authenticity that’s hard to beat, right down to its street-side patio, bustling servers with thick Italian accents, and wine list that will leave you appreciating “la bella vita.” Roasted artichokes are blanketed in melted mozzarella, and paper-thin Carpaccio is topped with a mound of peppery arugula. Edible orchids adorn entrées like the pan-seared scallops in truffle and brandy cream sauce, and fresh ravioli pocketed with braised prime rib. Pace yourself for the chocolate truffle drowned in espresso and Grand Marnier.
Italian Romantic Service Sophisticated Lunch Dinner $$$

Quick Facts

2943 State St.
San Diego, California  92008, USA


Known For:
  • Classic Italian menu
  • Live music on the outdoor patio
  • Extensive wine list

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