The San Diego Convention Center attracts more than 800,000 people annually to our fine city with nearly 200 events, including trade shows, conventions, community and consumer events. Last year the convention center generated $22.1 million in tax revenues, with the largest event being Comic-Con International every year. With seven exhibit halls, the convention center is about eight city blocks (more than half a mile) in length, situated along the San Diego Bay downtown. The facility is obviously massive, and as such, requires comfortable shoes for a day filled with lots of walking and standing. The good news is that the convention center contains three Starbucks locations to refuel during events. The last convention I attended there was the San Diego Travel & Adventure Show, which will return March 4-5, 2017. During the show, you can speak with local travel experts and take advantage of exclusive travel deals. They also have celebrity travel speakers and a few cultural performances. So yes, currently plotting my travel plans for next year…
A few steps away from the convention center, Carne Prima Italian Steakhouse opened this summer, serving dry-aged prime steaks, seafood and pasta dishes. Executive Chef Aliano Decka has been training in the culinary field since he was 14 years old in Italy (yes, he has a super charming Italian accent). One of his specialties is a prime 28-day dry-aged porterhouse steak which is about 40 oz. of beef (more then enough for two people). Chef Decka even carves it up for diners tableside to make sure the steak is cooked to their liking (and has excess fat removed). If you’re lucky, Chef Decka will even carve your name into the bone.
Start off your meal with the tartare di manzo – beef tartare made with filet mignon, caperberries, shallots, a quail egg and smoked ginger aioli. For sides, I recommend the savory lobster gnocchi, truffle fries and sauteed spinach (served with lots of garlic). Ask about their daily specials, too, like this shrimp and bacon risotto. Visit during happy hour, daily from 5 to 7 p.m., for deals on food and drinks.
The restaurant has a large dining room, bar area and outdoor patio. In the front of the dining room, guests can admire Carne Prima’s extensive wine collection, kept in a glass vault for temperature control.
Before you leave, be sure to order some of Carne Prima’s homemade gelato in various flavors, like pistachio and pumpkin. Buon appetito!