Tavola Nostra is Hillcrest Community Favorite

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In a time when the world faced unprecedented challenges, a hidden gem in the heart of San Diego blossomed. San Diego’s very own 5-star Italian restaurant, Tavola Nostra Pizzeria E Cucina, is hitting a milestone on Thursday, August 17th: its 3-year anniversary.

The journey began in August of 2020 when Jeff Oliveri, a passionate chef and entrepreneur, envisioned a place for the Hillcrest community to call home. His restaurant, aptly named Tavola Nostra, which translates to "our table," was born amidst the chaos of the pandemic. COVID stole his grand opening, but Jeff never lost sight of his dream.

Two years later, this hidden gem was named one of Yelp’s 50 best restaurants. Tavola Nostra became synonymous with quality, known for their Pinsa and Sicilian Pepperoni Pizza, made with ingredients sourced directly from Italy. Jeff's brother, the talented Su chef, contributes to the perfection that finds its way to every plate.

Stepping into Tavola Nostra is like stepping into a family home. The walls are adorned with family photos, telling a story of heritage and passion. A plaque over a particular booth honors Jeff’s 96-year-old grandmother, marking her favorite spot when she visits.

Tavola Nostra’s menu is rich in tradition and taste, from their sumptuously garnished pepperoni pizzas loaded with crispy Sicilian pepperonis to their house made tiramisu and charcuterie boards. Their commitment to authenticity doesn’t stop at the recipes – the flour and other essential ingredients are imported directly from Italy.

More than just a restaurant, Tavola Nostra embodies the spirit of community and family. From the homemade pizza dough to the ambiance that makes everyone feel like part of the family, it's a haven for Italian food lovers and a testament to resilience and excellence.

Celebrate with Tavola Nostra and indulge in the taste of authentic Italian cuisine taken to the next level. Don't miss their happy hour every Wednesday-Friday from 3-5 pm and experience why they’ve earned 5 stars on every platform. In the world of Tavola Nostra, everyone has a seat at "our table." The COVID pandemic may have stolen the grand opening, but it couldn't stop the rise of Hillcrest’s beloved culinary star.

Tavola Nostra Pizzeria E Cucina
1040 University Ave. B101
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 310-5256

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