Buon Appetito

San Diego

For 12 years, this classic Italian restaurant has been filling bellies with generous plates of pasta, grilled meat entrees and primo vino from Italy and around the world. Friendly servers who seem to take every available opportunity to invoke the name of the restaurant and a cozy sidewalk patio are bonuses. Every meal starts with bread service, where a soft, sliced roll is delivered to your table with oil and balsamic vinegar and a small bowl of marinara sauce. Tear into it and sop up as much sauce as you can, then ask for more bread to take care of the rest. It’s seriously good stuff.