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Solunto's Bakes Up a Delicious Modern Renaissance in Little Italy

The wonderland of baked goods is back

After a year and half absence, the famous bread and other baked goods at Solunto's Bakery are available again, plus so much more. The iconic bakery, founded in Little Italy in the 1960s, reopened yesterday after a complete remodel and now features an enhanced bakery section and expanded food and drink offerings.

Owner Antonino Mastellone, a local restaurateur who runs Sorrento Ristorante across India Street and has a guiding hand in many of the city's Italian eateries, has brought Solunto's into modern day Italy, with a fresh and contemporary design that includes a new pizza oven and full cocktail bar.

A new baker will keep shelves stocked with daily breads and a stunning array of Italian pastries and cookies, while the espresso bar now offers broader selection of coffee drinks. In few weeks, the restaurant will also be serving full American and Italian breakfasts.

Solunto's signature sandwiches are back on the lunch menu, which will also pull from the brand new dinner lineup, mostly inspired by Southern Italy, that ranges from antipasti to fresh pasta that can be paired with a variety of sauces, from Genovese pesto to a mix of seafood in white wine. Entrees range from Sicilian herb-marinated grilled ribeye to wild boar sausage with polenta and halibut with saffron risotto and the Neapolitan pizzas are topped with San Marzano tomato sauce and fior di latte mozzarella. From the bar, there are wines from Sicily, craft cocktails and 12 beers on tap and for dessert, Solunto's is now making all-natural gelato in-house.

Panificio e Ristorante Solunto

1643 India St, San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 233-3506

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