If you live in San Diego, I’m sure you’ve heard about Restaurant Week! For those of you that haven’t heard about it, it’s basically a weekly event where a bunch of restaurants team up and provide you with three-course meal deals. The prices for these deals are categorized on the Restaurant Week website as either $20, $30, or $40, and the restaurants that participate vary in cuisine and culture. Last Friday I chose to eat at a fairly new restaurant in the $20 category, Buonissimo 2 in Hillcrest. They accept reservations so I called in advance just in case the place got packed because of the popularity of Restaurant Week. I suggest calling the restaurant you want to visit in advance and make reservations because often times the places are booked with hungry customers who also want the meal deal.
Buonissimo 2 had a real authentic Italian menu, you could chose three-courses composed of an appetizer, entrée, and dessert. My choices were the polenta with mushroom sauce, gnocchi alla bolognese (gnocchi with beef sauce), and chocolate cake for dessert. My friend ordered the caprese salad with prosciutto, veal medallions in a cream sauce, and the tiramisu. The atmosphere at Buonissimo 2 was very romantic with its dim lighting and Italian music playing in the background. The servers were very friendly, even giving us warm bread and marinara sauce to eat as we waited for the food (They’re very generous with their bread and will continue to refill it but will ask first).
The portions of the appetizers were quite small but expected from being an Italian restaurant. Despite the small portions, the quality of the food tasted great and I savored every bite. For the entrées, they were generous with the gnocchi bolognese but the veal was thin and small (the sauce however was the best part of it, buttery and sweet). Tiramisu for dessert was better than the warm chocolate cake. It was creamy and the flavor lingered in your mouth.
Overall I would rate this place 4 out of 5 stars: excellent customer service and good quality food but small portions.