Ambrogio15 just opened this week in Pacific Beach, bringing gourmet Milanese pizza to San Diego. This past weekend was their soft opening, and I was invited to check it out and get a sneak preview of the restaurant’s offerings.
Ambrogio15 took over the space previously occupied by Table 926, which had unfortunately closed down. The space had been renovated, although it still kept its lively atmosphere.
The menu offers a variety of pizzas, gourmet focaccia breads, appetizers and salads, and cheese and charcuterie. My dining companion and I were recommended to try one of their focaccia, which is the specialty here.
Scrocchiarella Porchetta e Burrata [$19]
There are two types of focaccia offered on the menu – scrocchiarella, which is Italian for “crunchy”, is a thin focaccia stuffed with fillings like a sandwich, or nuvola, a thicker but soft bread risen for 24 hours. Both are made with whole wheat, stone-ground Italian flour. We initially considered ordering one of each but decided that would be too gluttonous, so we ended up choosing the scrocchiarella since I’ve never had that before.
I absolutely loved the crispy bread – it had a bit of char, which added a lovely depth and smokiness. We chose the one filled with Italian porchetta (pork roast), burrata from Puglia, mixed greens, 24-month aged Parmigiano-Reggiano, and cherry tomatoes. Many of the ingredients, particularly the meat and cheese, were imported from Italy and were of very nice quality. I thoroughly enjoyed the flavors of this focaccia – and the best part is, it tastes good even as leftovers the next day!
Salamino Piccante [$16]
We also chose a pizza to share – many of the options sounded tempting, but I was sold on the spicy salami. The toppings are: San Marzano tomato sauce, mozzarella fiordilatte, spicy spianata Calabrese salame, fresh rosemary, garlic oil, and Parmigiano-Reggiano.
I loved this pizza – the salami had a really nice spicy kick, and the tomato sauce was very rich and flavorful. I loved the simple yet balanced toppings, and the crust was paper-thin yet held up to the toppings really nicely.
Carpaccio di Zucchine e Burrata [$12]
I wanted to try a dish that showcased their imported burrata from Puglia, since I’m a cheese lover. This dish features the imported burrata, zucchini marinated in an orange, lemon, garlic, and thyme sauce, finished with a lime and orange zest. The presentation here was beautiful, but unfortunately, neither my friend nor I were big fans. The cheese actually tasted a bit watery and didn’t have much flavor to begin with, and the zucchini had an unpleasant bitterness that overpowered any taste from the cheese. We couldn’t taste much of the herbs and zest that were supposedly in the marinade, either. In the end, we ate the zucchini and cheese separately, which surprisingly tasted much better. Next time, perhaps we would try some of their other cheeses offered on the charcuterie board instead – there were some interesting options there.
Overall, we had a lovely preview of Ambrogio15. Even though the burrata and zucchini dish wasn’t our favorite, I really enjoyed the pizza and focaccia and would love to return to explore more of the menu! You can definitely tell that the ingredients here are top quality, and I’m glad that San Diego has another yummy pizza option.
Ambrogio15 officially opened Monday, August 1, and is open Sunday-Thursday 3-10PM, and Friday-Saturday 3-11PM.
Oven where the pizza and focaccia magic happens:
Be sure to check out another preview of Ambrogio15 on San Diego Food.
926 Turquoise St, San Diego, CA 92109
Disclaimer: I was invited to dine at Ambrogio15, and our meal was complimentary. I was not otherwise compensated for this review, and all opinions and content are my own.