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February 2024

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Valentina Restaurant's menu highlights include Steak Tartare, Patatas Bravas, and Carpacho de Pulpo dining | design Indulge to include the Encinitans the venue was designed to serve. Over the past five years, Guerra has worked to fine-tune his Spanish- centric concept in terms of dishes, price points, and service. Going by the jubilant vibe during a recent visit, it would appear he's found the sweet spot for all three. When stripping down his motorcycle-themed Leucadia delicatessen and transforming it into a Mediterranean-focused bar and restaurant, restaurateur Mario Guerra's focus was on family. Above all, that included his beloved daughter for whom his Valentina is named, but he went beyond the literal definition All in the (Extended) Family VALENTINA HAS BECOME A FAVORITE OF THE LOCALS IT WAS DESIGNED FOR BY BRANDON HERNÁNDEZ| PHOTOGRAPHY BY VINCENT KNAKAL >> @ranchandcoast RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE FEBRUARY 2024 55

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