Food & Drink

Culinary pioneers

Posted: May 26th, 2017 | Features, Food & Drink, Top Stories | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. Before trendy cuisine and craft beer descended on La Mesa, a local couple was preparing to fill the void by remodeling an old 7-Eleven destined to become Craft Kitchen. It took Dena and Randy Shamoo almost three years to convert the store into a place where things like sprightly salads, tuna […]

New neighborhood coffee shop picks up steam

Posted: April 28th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, News | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. A long overdue niche has been filled in La Mesa with the arrival of Brew Coffee Spot. The urban-rustic coffeehouse affords caffeine enthusiasts a spacious place to sip, eat and relax, if not spread out with school or work projects on roomy tables made of wood and metal pipes. Anchored within […]

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.