We passed through the beach town of Del Mar on our way back from La Jolla. It's charm was not without notice. Though not a part of our original itinerary, we thought that if we had time later in the week, we would stop back for a longer stay. The opportunity came on our drive back from Mission Beach.
With our lunch long past, we were in need of some dinner grub. Given the previous night's upscale meal, this evening we were more in the mood for something simple and comforting. We headed to Il Fornaio.
Located on the roof of the Del Mar Plaza, Il Fornaio is an unpretentious Italian restaurant.
Our waiter was the perfect blend of friendly and attentive.
Shannon went with a favorite, capellini pomodoro.
I decided to get something that I normally don't order when getting Italian, cannelloni al forno. My fresh pasta tubes were filled with free-range rotisserie chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, ricotta, pecorino,
smoked mozzarella and organic spinach; topped with béchamel, marinara and mushrooms.
Our food was delicious. The pasta tasted homemade and fresh, and all of the ingredients used were high quality. There was nothing canned, boxed, or frozen used here.
Since our ice cream encounters were lacking during our California trip, we ordered up some gelato; vanilla and salted caramel for Shannon; blood orange and bellini for me.
Like our entrees, our dessert was more than we expected. The scoops were huge, and we got two yummy cookies.
The food at Il Fornaio is not to be missed, but it appears that the locals come to this spot to pull up a space at the outdoor counter, order a glass of wine, and watch the sunset.
The view is lovely. If I was a local, I'd probably stop here just to enjoy some wine and a view. And once the sunset show is over, the counter takes on a whole new light.
If you are driving through the San Diego beach towns, and find yourself in need of a meal, dessert, a glass of wine, or maybe all of the above, I'd recommend stopping at Il Fornaio in Del Mar, and if you can, try to make it in time to watch the sunset.