Ah Friday, halfway thru Comic-con. That night, we met up with some friends for dinner and looked for a spot that could accommodate 6 and didn’t have an insane several hour wait. Fortunately, less than a block away from the Hard Rock Hotel was Toscana, a little Italian cafe that had a table for 6 free right then and there. And, they could make a special order for one of our party members who’s allergic to garlic…
My appetite wasn’t feeling pasta since I had it the night before. There was a bacon-wrapped filet mignon with a risotto on the specials menu but that sounded too heavy. I was craving salad. I know, weird….but the body craves what the body wants and I had to listen. I opted for the antipasto salad, a mix of greens with salami, garbanzo beans, mozzarella cheese and a balsamic dressing, if memory serves me right. Since I was pretty hungry, I decided to also go for the bruschetta. However, they were out of it so I got the prosciutto-wrapped mozzarella as an alternative.
The appetizer was okay. The mozzarella was bland but having a bit of prosciutto and the balsamic drizzle helped. I’m not sure if I would order this again though. I found the salad disappointing; it was mostly greens with just a tiny bit of salami and mozzarella. I was hoping for something a bit more…substantial. Definitely not worth the price I paid (somewhere between $12-14 range, I think). However, I did have a bite of my husband’s lasagna and that was fantastic. The sauce was rich and meaty; the pasta sheets cooked a little past al dente. Most everyone else in my party ordered pasta, too, and seemed to enjoy their meals. One person ordered the filet special and raved about it. I definitely missed out by following my salad craving… Maybe there’s a lesson there?
I would go back to Toscana as it was a nice little comfy eatery with great friendly service. And the lack of a long wait was a definite plus. But I think I’ll get the lasagna next time…
2 1/2 NOMs for Toscana. I think if I eat there again and try other things, it’ll get a better rating.
238 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101