The Italian Menu is structured more or less in the same way all over Italy, with antipasto (starters), primo (first course), secondo (second course) and dolce (dessert) but since Italy has been strongly influenced by history, each region has its own specialities.

So, even if Italians are known throughout the world mostly for pizza, pasta, and tomato sauce, the national diet of Italy is very different from north to south. Before the spread of the cooking practices among different regions, it was possible to distinguish Italian cooking simply by the type of cooking fat used: butter in the north, pork fat in the center of the country, and olive oil in the south. The main dishes in the north were rice and polenta, and pasta and pizza were more popular throughout the south. Pasta is more likely to be served with a white cheese sauce in the north and a tomato-based sauce in the south. Italians are also known for their use of herbs in cooking, especially oregano, basil, thyme, parsley, rosemary, marjoram and sage. Cheese also plays an important role in Italian cuisine. There are more than 400 types of cheese made in Italy, with Parmesan and mozzarella among the best known worldwide.

Alta Marea Italian Restaurant is a small and cozy place just two blocks away from the chaotic Garnet Avenue. Here You are going to experience the real atmosphere of the true Italian “Trattoria” where you can taste good food made with all the love and passion that a real Italian can use. We offer you the warmth of your living room and the feeling of being among real friends eating good food.

Alta Marea Italian Restaurant proposes to guide you in the discovery of the Italian traditions from north to south.

Come visit us and you will come back soon!
Insalata mista 5.00$
Lettuce, bell peppers, tomatoes, onions and carrots
Insalata caprese 6.00$
Tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and fresh basil
Piemonte 6.00$
Lettuce, mushrooms, parmesan, parsley and garlic
Insalata di polipo 8.00$
Potatoes, onions, octopus, parsley and capers
Insalata Siciliana 9.00$
Oranges, onions, black olives and shrimps
Risotto or tagliolini alla Pescatora 15.00$
Rice or tagliolini served with manila clams, mussels,
shrimps and squids
Risotto Mare e Monti 15.00$
Rice served with porcini mushrooms and lobster
Alfredo shrimps 13.00$
Pasta with garlic, cream, parsley and shrimps
Risotto al vino rosso 15.00$
Rice cooked in a red wine sauce with sausage
Risotto ai funghi porcini 15.00$
Rice served with porcini mushrooms
Pappardelle al ragù d'anatra 13.00$
Homemade egg noodles served with duck ragù
Pasta alla Norma 13.00$
Pasta with tomato sauce, eggplant and pecorino cheese
Lasagna 14.00$
Homemade egg pasta with bolognese sauce, bechamel and
parmesan cheese
Bolognese 12.00$
Pasta with meat tomato sauce
Venetians Gnocchi 11.00$
Homemade ricotta cheese gnocchi served with a sauce of
melted butter and parmesan cheese or with sauteed onion
in tomato sauce or gorgonzola cheese cream
Carbonara 11.00$
Pasta with bacon, egg, parmesan cheese and freshly ground pepper
Amatriciana 11.00$
Pasta with bacon, onion and spicy tomato sauce
Marinara 11.00$
Pasta served with a sauce made with fresh tomatoes and basil
Parmigiana 13.00$
Grilled eggplant, tomato sauce and cheese
Fritto Misto 15.00$
Crunchy fried fish served with salad
Grigliata mista 17.00$
Grilled fish of the day served with green salad
Roastbeef all'aceto balsamico 15.00$
Roastbeef meat served with a sauce made with balsamic vinegar
Roasted pork 15.00$
Red wine marinated roasted pork
Meat plates are served with a choice of:
Baked vegetables - Baked potatoes, tomatoes or vegetables of the day
Sweet and sour onions - Onions served in a sweet and sour sauce
  14" 18"
Pizza Margherita 11.00$ 15.00$
Tomato sauce and mozzarella
Pizza Diavola 12.00$ 16.00$
Tomato sauce, mozzarella and pepperoni
Pizza Tonno e Cipolla 12.00$ 16.00$
Tomato sauce, mozzarella, onion and tuna fish
Pizza Parmigiana 12.00$ 16.00$
Tomato sauce, mozzarella, grilled eggplant and parmesan cheese
Pizza Prosciutto e Funghi 13.00$ 17.00$
Tomato sauce, mozzarella, ham and mushrooms
Pizza Quattro Formaggi 13.00$ 17.00$
Mozzarella, gorgonzola, provolone and ricotta, without tomato sauce
Pizza Quattro Stagioni 13.00$ 17.00$
Tomato sauce, mozzarella, ham, mushrooms, artichokes and black olives
Pizza Vegetale 13.00$ 17.00$
Tomato sauce, mozzarella, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, artichokes and black olives
Calzone 13.00$
Tomato sauce, mozzarella and choice of two toppings
Toppings 1.50$ 2.00$
bell peppers - onion - mushrooms - black olives - artichokes - carrots
fresh garlic - eggplant - anchovies - fresh tomato - fresh basil
cooked ham - spinach - mozzarella - fresh mozzarella - provolone
parmesan - gorgonzola - pepperoni

4286 Cass Street, San Diego, CA 92109
phone 858-272 7247

Opening hours
Monday 5.00pm-10.00pm
Tuesday 5.00pm-10.00pm
Wedsneday closed
Thursday 5.00pm-10.00pm
Friday 5.00pm-10.00pm
Saturday 5.00pm-10.00pm
Sunday 5.00pm-10.00pm
Outside the restaurant
The cozy and quiet inside
Tagliolini all'astice
Handmade egg noodles
Our huge world map
Pappardelle al ragù d'anatra