Restaurant Review: Barbusa

Details: Located at 1917 India St, San Diego, CA 92101. The official site is

I came here for dinner. I can’t remember if it was a weekday or the weekend. Whatever day it was, it was packed. Luckily, the host squeezed us in even though we had no reservations. He did ask us to try to eat within an hour… which wasn’t great. We did it anyway.

Most of my group had pasta which was great. I ordered the Carbonara Con Piselli (fettuccini, sweet peas, caramelized onions, pancetta, farm fresh egg yolk) for around sixteen dollars. It was really good and the pasta was really fresh. My only complaint was that the portion was a little small in comparison to similarly priced pasta I’ve ordered in New York City. Additionally, a friend ordered the squid ink pasta and loved it.

One thing worth mentioning is that their pizza is crap. A friend ordered it and when it came, it looked like trash. The friend also described the taste to be similar to trash. Overall, pretty trash pizza. Don’t order it. Get the fresh, somewhat small portioned pasta.

The environment was comfortable and lively. All of our waiters and hosts were nice.

Overall, a good place to get some pasta. A terrible place to order pizza.

Score: 6.4/10

Restaurant Review: Olio e Piu

Official site:

Nice place.

My group ordered the Barbabietole (beet salad with goat cheese ricotta), the spaghetti carbonara, trenette al fresco (spaghetti, but with anchivoies), spaghetti (classic preparation, tomato sauce), and the nutella pizza for dessert.

Everything was amazing. Personally, I never get an egg yolk with my carbonara so that made my day. It’s the simple things I guess. Nutella pizza was exactly as you’d imagine it. Sweet, heavy, and covered in nutella.

Space was all right.

Service as just okay.

Score: 6.8/10 Pasta was great. Only wish the servings were bigger.