New Italian Eatery Joins San Diego Food Scene

Bottega Americano is located at 1195 Island Ave. in downtown's East Village

Downtown San Diego’s hip East Village neighborhood will welcome a new Italian eatery this weekend: Bottega Americano.

The highly-anticipated restaurant and marketplace will celebrate its grand opening at 7 a.m. Sunday at its new digs at 1195 Island Ave.

The $3 million restaurant is designed by Thomas Shoos, the creative mastermind behind popular San Diego eateries such as Searsucker, Herringbone and Puesto. According to a Bottega Americano spokesperson, the business will create nearly 100 new jobs for locals.

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The eatery is spearheaded by San Diego restaurateurs Giuseppe Ciuffa, Chad Ruyle, Greg Van de Velde and Executive Chef David Warner.

The menu includes starters such as smashed ceci bean hummus and di stefano ricotta with honeycomb, both served with crostini. A variety of antipasti, fish, pastas and meats fill out the menu, and pizza rounds out the offerings. The location also boasts an extensive wine list, plus craft cocktails and beer.

To learn more about this latest addition to the San Diego food scene visit the restaurant website or Facebook page.

Bottega Americano is co-owned by NBC 7's Mari Payton.

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