had a fabulous dinner with friends last night at one of my favorite places. whenever i eat at Via Italia in Encinitas i am transported to Italy by the smells from the kitchen, the flavors of the food and wine and the ambiance that makes you think the cobble stone street of Italy are right outside the door. i have eaten here several times and never been disappointed. the menu has so much to offer for everyone. i myself love the pizzas, risottos and the gnocchi, and to say i love the gnocchi is huge. i rarely find a restaurant where the gnocchi is as light as air and filled with so much flavor. there are several to chose from and i think i have tasted them all and i have nothing but good things to say. last night i tried their saffron risotto it was so flavorful, sometimes saffron gets lost in recipes or overpowers a dish, this was the perfect balance with the creaminess of the risotto.
the pizza's are not your everyday tomato and cheese pies, they are piled high with ingredients like arugula, prosciutto, shaved Parmesan and some are even drizzled with the sweet touches of balsamic vinegar.
if you are ever in the area and need a bite to eat wander in a try a little taste of Italy at the beach. i promise you won't be disappointed, i never am.