Parma Cucina Italiana offers homemade Italian cooking, including house-made pasta, inspired by the owners’ love of their hometown of Parma, Italy. Parma is the home of Parmigiano cheese, Prosciutto di Parma, and famous pasta maker, Barilla. With that many iconic foods, you know this cuisine is something special.

Parma Cucina Italiana Homemade Dishes

Owners Franca and Celso each make their own homemade favorites. Celso is the pasta maker, and Franca is the patissier at Parma Cucina Italiana.

Celso’s lasagna, tortellini and penne salsiccia are widely known. The penne salsiccia is penne pasta tossed in a sausage and tomato sauce. We also love the Penne al Salmone, which is egg noodle pasta with smoked salmon Italian parsley and cream sauce, and the Linguine Polpo e Vongole, which is linguine pasta with clams, octopus with white wine, cherry tomatoes light red spicy sauce

You can’t leave San Diego without tasting Franca’s tiramisu or her Profiteroles al Cioccolato, mascarpone cream filled puffs covered in a smooth chocolate cream sauce.

Try New Dishes

If you haven’t had authentic Italian food before, the antipasti menu is a great way to experiment. It includes mouthwatering dishes like Burrata Fiore di Parma with burrata cheese, prosciutto di Parma, rucola with a Balsamic glaze, or Crostini di Polenta with Italian Gorgonzola cheese and walnuts, and truffle porcini mushrooms served over crostini of cornmeal polenta. We love going to Parma Cucina Italiana to try dishes we haven’t heard of before, like the farro and carrot soup. Parma has a great selection of Italian wines, but you can also bring your own for a corkage fee.

From Parma to San Diego

This isn’t your Olive Garden variety Italian restaurant. If you’re looking for a homemade meal, or you’ve never tried authentic Italian foods, Parma Cucina Italiana is a great choice. Go for dinner or just dessert and wine after a long day touring San Diego. When you’re done, your vacation home is just a short drive away. Call us or visit our website today to start planning your dream trip!

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