Pronto Italian Deli is my vision of authentic good italian food. I was born and raised in Italy and, after a few years in the food and wine industry, I knew what I wanted to do: share the flavors I was born with.
I remember waking up to the smell of freshly baked bread, eating it right away, still hot! I want everybody to try the eggplant parmigiana I was raised with, the lasagne we only cooked for the holidays and the coffee that fills the room with its aroma.
Pronto means ready and I want to be ready to serve the beautiful community of San Clemente I learned to love together with this city, kissed by the sun, from the colorful stores on Del Mar, to the sandy beach where every sunset seems as if it was painted by the greatest artist.
For anyone who wants to know more, I will post updates here about when we are going to open exactly and, please feel free to contact me!
Pasta was cooking and the sauces were slowly cooking. As it was ready, they served it still “al dente”. That’s real poetry for an Italian man who misses the flavors of Italy, and finally I found those flavors here in Los Angeles.
I could write so much about how happy I was while I saw the pasta finally cooked “al dente” here in Los Angeles instead of the usually sticky mush a lot of restaurants serve, but I don’t want to talk about pasta, you will have to find out how it is by yourself. I want to talk about the Porchetta Sandwich that really got me hooked up.
The bread was the right one, not too soft, not too hard, the pork meat was flavored and well cooked, and the Jalapeño added that spicy note that everyone will enjoy. The generous crunchy piece of pork added on the top of all was finally the ticket to heaven for your taste buds.
What can I add to all this? Well the only thing that comes to my mind is the kindness and patience (even though I interrupted them so many time for the photos!) of all the guys working at Cento Pasta Bar.
So, in conclusion, if you didn’t already, take a moment to visit this small piece of Italy downtown Los Angeles and enjoy some REAL italian food.