Food & Drink

From farm to village

Posted: February 24th, 2017 | Features, Food & Drink, News, Top Stories | 1 Comment

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

The structure that housed Sanfilippo’s Pizza for 40 years, and then stood forsaken after the iconic restaurant closed in 2016, has sprung back to life as Farmer’s Table. The $2 million venture, which opened Feb. 16, is headed by Sicilian-born restaurateurs Alberto Morreale and his cousin, Vincenzo LoVerso.

Located at 8141 La Mesa Blvd., the whimsical farmhouse-theme establishment is a larger offshoot of Farmer’s Bottega Restaurant, which Morreale launched a couple years ago in San Diego’s Mission Hills neighborhood. With similar menus, the spotlight is on contemporary American-Mediterranean cuisine constructed largely with locally-sourced ingredients.

City takes reins of Oktoberfest

By Margie M. Palmer

Oktoberfest is arguably La Mesa’s largest civic event and for the first time in more than 40 years, the city is facilitating it.

In years past, the event had often been produced by the La Mesa Merchant’s Association and the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce. The Merchants Association and the Chamber parted ways after 2014; last year, the association failed to pay more than $47,000 in fees to the city to cover the cost of safety services, such as police, fire personnel and traffic control.