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Family-Owned, Farm-to-Table Piazza 1909 Opens in La Jolla

The Italian restaurant launches with lunch, dinner will follow.

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Piazza 1909 has soft opened at 7731 Fay Avenue, having just completed a remodel of a La Jolla cottage that now includes a cozy dining room and expansive outdoor seating areas.

Owners Roberta Ruffini-Ceresoli and Stefano Ceresoli are longtime San Diegans, who launched Caffe Bella Italia in Pacific Beach and Liberty Station's Solare Ristorante before taking a break from the industry to spend time with family and travel to Italy.

With Piazza 1909, they hope to create a new community hub and eventually offer all-day dining options for the neighborhood. Now open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday for lunch, the restaurant will add dinner service soon with breakfast to follow.

In the kitchen, chef Stefano is utilizing local produce and seafood in his lunch menu, which ranges from starters and salads to panini, pizza and fresh pasta, made daily, which includes tagliolini with shrimp in a saffron sauce and gnocchi in a San Marzano tomato sauce with smoked scamorza cheese.

When dinner launches, the menu will feature a chef's choice tasting menu of rotating and seasonal dishes, plus a la carte items.

Piazza 1909 Lunch Menu