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July 2023

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pumps out piping-hot, blistered Neapolitan-style pies prepared to the exacting specifications of five-time World Pizza Champion Marcello Avitabile. in and malleable in the center, yet bordered by a bubble-terrained, chewy outer ring, they are things of beauty and remarkably affordable as sharables or a main course for one. A dectet of red-sauced rosso pizzas stick mostly to traditional vegetables, cured meats, and sausage, while pesto- and oil-dressed bianche options push beyond the parlor. Examples include the Nonnina, which is topped with mushrooms, prosciutto, arugula, and truffle oil; and the Valtellina, marrying unlikely bedfellows speck, provola di agerola cheese, brie, sausage, and caramelized onions. e sweet onions and herbaceous sausage are brilliant foils for one another while the funk of the brie adds a fun and unique element that can't be found elsewhere. A trio of calzones are also on the menu. But wait…there's more. If Amalfi's everyday menu is the restaurant's blueprint, its specials menu, a one-page assortment of chef 's-whim dishes that changes every two weeks, is its sketchpad. Specialty pizzas, pastas, plates, and even drinks are available. A recent visit turned up seabass carpaccio with mango, lobster ravioli, tender veal ossobuco, and risotto with scallops and pistachio pesto. All the above can be savored against an aural backdrop of hustling wait staff, boisterous Pacific Highlands Ranchers and, come evening, live crooning set to keys, bass, and a brushed snare. Amalfi delivers a well-rounded experience built on familiar, well- established foundational cornerstones of stateside Italian dining while still providing welcome touches of the exotic and unexpected. 858.461.0622, amalficucinaitaliana.com Golden Forks OPPOSITE TOP LEFT Amalfi Cucina Italiana's authentic Italian menu features Neapolitan pizza, homemade pasta, fresh seafood, and more OPPOSITE TOP RIGHT Brown-brick interiors with slate-hued leather seats and crystal chandeliers are complemented by framed photos of Italian cinematic stars of yesteryear OPPOSITE BOTTOM Risotto Scallops, Pistachio Pesto & Burrata LEFT Paccheri al Tonno e Gamberoni Argentini RIGHT Amalfi Cucina Italiana Co-Founder Emiliano Muslija and Chef Marcello Avitabile Service: Timeliness: Ambience: Culinary Innovation: Food Quality: Cocktail Program: Wine List: Beer List: Value: @ranchandcoast RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE JULY 2023 55

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