One of the things I love most about San Diego is the discovery of new-to-me neighborhoods that give the sprawling city much of its charm. Bird Rock is one such neighborhood where I haven’t spent much time, but think it’s exactly the type of quintessential ‘hood you’d expect to find in SoCal. The coastal residential community located just south of La Jolla has an artsy surf vibe, in addition to three public parks and a small business district with shops, restaurants and yoga studios. Some of the local hotspots include Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, Beaumont’s and Riffs Studios. Bird Rock Coffee is a cute sidewalk cafe where you can people-watch, hang with your dog, or listen to live music on the weekends. Beaumont’s is a popular restaurant and bar with an active entertainment lineup filled with live music. Riffs Studios is a music shop and yoga studio with an outdoor deck where the two converge.
Just south of the business district, pizzeria Ambrogio 15 opened in August. The restaurant owners are from Milan, and brought their own style of Milano pizza, special dough and premium ingredients to San Diego. The 15-inch pizzas are made with stone-ground, organic Petra flour for a thin-crust dough. The eatery also serves craft beer and biodynamic wines.
Start off with the carpaccio di zucchine e burrata salad that has burrata cheese, zucchini marinated in an orange, lemon, garlic and thyme olive oil, and homemade breadsticks. When it comes to pizza, try the burrata e prosciutto crudo (mozzarella, basil, burrata cheese, prosciutto) or the salamino piccante (mozzarella, spicy salami, rosemary, garlic oil and parmesan cheese) and pair it with a glass of Italian wine.
For dessert, go traditional with the tiramisu tradizionale or the tiramisu in coppa (served in a glass). Of course there’s also homemade gelato. Buon appetito!