Accolades

  • Chef of the Year
    California Restaurant Association
  • Hot New Restaurants
    San Diego Magazine
  • People's Choice Award
    San Diego Union-Tribune
  • ChefsFeed Winner
    One of the Best Things to Eat in SD

My Restaurants

Where I Eat

Behind the Scenes

Pasta
"Pasta tasting at Flour + Water is amazing! WOW!"
Charcuterie Board
"One of the best charcuterie boards ever @ chi spacca LA! Pig trotter terrine was insane!"
Chef Joe Magnanelli reviews  at post.venue.name
Spicy sesame ramen
"This is an awesome ramen for the blustery, cold nights here in San Diego!"
Chef Joe Magnanelli reviews  at post.venue.name
"Pasta tasting at Flour + Water is amazing! WOW!"
Chef Joe Magnanelli reviews  at post.venue.name
Italian ices
"The Italian ices at Pizzeria Delfina are so good, and they come in three flavors: chocolate, lemon and cherry. My favorite one is chocolate. Plus, they're made in-house."

From My Menu

Chef Jason McLeod reviews Polenta board at Cucina Enoteca
$$$ | Breakfast/Brunch, | Italian, | Full Bar, | Modern, | Takes Reservations
1 Review
"Cucina Urbana serves a different ragu with this dish every night. I am a huge fan of creamy polenta, and they pull this off so well by finishing it with marscapone. Enough said."
Chef William Bradley reviews Ricotta gnudi at Cucina Enoteca
$$$ | Breakfast/Brunch, | Italian, | Full Bar, | Modern, | Takes Reservations
1 Review
"The craftsmanship and quality of the ricotta they use really make this antipasti dish irresistible. The dish is delicate, and the richness of the sage brown butter, the texture of the Parmigiano, and the sweetness of amaretti combine to make perfect gnudi."
Chef Paul McCabe reviews Grilled mediterranean octopus at Cucina Enoteca
$$$ | Breakfast/Brunch, | Italian, | Full Bar, | Modern, | Takes Reservations
1 Review
"I've had this dish more than 10+ times and it's always spot-on. Joe's food is very consistent, and that's one thing I look for when I'm choosing a restaurant."
Chef Katherine Humphus reviews Early corn agnolotti at Cucina Enoteca
$$$ | Breakfast/Brunch, | Italian, | Full Bar, | Modern, | Takes Reservations
1 Review
"This is the best dish I've eaten in months! It comes with a white corn sauce, sautéed pea vines, and speck. Whoa. Seriously."
Chef Luisteen Gonzalez reviews Bucatini at Cucina Enoteca
$$$ | Breakfast/Brunch, | Italian, | Full Bar, | Modern, | Takes Reservations
1 Review
"Perfectly cooked house-made pasta, a hen egg and guanciale. An outstanding flavor explosion, one of my all-time favorite pasta dishes."