While Pomodoro in Point Loma has been open for to-go and delivery during the pandemic, owner Fabio Speziali has been busy remodeling his establishment updating its rustic-yet-refined atmosphere.
“We have been here a few years and we just bought the building right before COVID,” said Speziali of Pomodoro Ristorante Italiano. “So we said, ‘What a great time to do some remodeling, and we started to do some work on the property.’”
The restaurant featuring authentic Italian cuisine held a grand reopening Sept. 10.
Speziali has an interest in four other restaurants in San Diego including Osteria Romantica at 2151 Avenida De La Playa in La Jolla Shores.
Of the impact from COVID to his business, the restaurateur said, “Everybody is in the same boat. We were able to manage, keep going.”
Fabio said he never completely closed Pomodoro in part because “I didn’t want to leave everybody (employees) at home. We have a good following of people from Point Loma who like to get together here.”
Of his restaurant’s new look and feel, Speziali said, “We kept it open. It’s very quaint. We came out with new décor. It’s cleaner. It’s still a rustic place, but it’s a little cleaner in the look, not so old fashioned.”
Describing his cuisine, Fabio said: “We do very traditional Italian cuisines, the usual things – lasagna, ravioli, and homemade pastas. We have a good amount of salads, chicken, and fish. It’s a big menu with a good variety, a little bit from both the north and south of Italy, a little bit of everything featuring the most popular dishes. We have a very good wine selection.”
An Italian native, Speziali originally came to California on vacation and liked it so much he remained. “I met my wife here and we got married,” he said, adding he’s worked his way up in restaurants from the ground floor.
“I started working as a busboy,” Fabio said. “The last job I had as a waiter was where I met my business partner who is the owner of La Pizzeria Arrivederci in Little Italy.”
Asked what makes Pomodoro stand out, Speziali replied, “The food is fresh, everything is made to order including most of the sauces. We have seafood on the menu, octopus, and fish including halibut, salmon, and sea bass. We also have specials like Argentinian shrimp with homemade pasta.”
Fabio noted he has plenty of seating inside and out.
The Italian restaurateur had a quick answer when asked what he liked most about owning a restaurant.
“For me, it’s a good business because I like being involved with three things: food wine and people,” he said. “It’s a winning combination.”
Open for dinner from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, Pomodoro is closed Mondays.
Pomodoro Ristorante Italiano
Where: 2833 Avenida De Portugal.
Hours: Dinner from 4:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, closed Mondays.