with Michael Lum

REVIEW: Il Postino

3955 30th St
(between University Ave & Lincoln Ave)
San Diego, CA 92104

I think of  IL Postino as the “trendy, modern and hip” cousin of Arrivederci in Hillcrest.  Il Postino welcomes you in with a huge bar, complete with TV’s

The dining area is cleverly seperated by a “curtain” of  bicycle chains in keeping with the Postman and his bike theme, very cool.  An illusion of seperate dining areas, yet not as forboding as an actual wall, creates a very open, yet intimate dining experience. A seperate area in the back of the restaurant is great for a private group party.

The food here is flavorful,  beautifully presented and in ABUNDANCE!
Easily shareable, or for lunch the next day. A greater starter would be the

Insalate Tropicale..shareable, not really heavy with avocado, hearts of palm, cherry tomatoes with a light raspberry vinegrette.

My favorite seafood dish is the Black Squid Ink Pasta

For something more hardy try the Osso Bucco, you won’t be sorry.

As for the wine list, if you want options, you’ll find it here.  All price ranges and countries represented. Good selections by the glass also.

Service can be a little slow at times…. and with this bigger, noisier, open atmosphere it is more difficult to get someone’s attention. From the bar to the service staff I think a little more attentiveness would make all the difference.


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