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pronto italian deli

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!

See you soon San Clemente!

A Wine A Day – Battenfeld Spanier Riesling

Riesling anyone???

If your crush with a bad temper and an intriguing personality was a wine, it would be this one.

Let’s face it, people don’t drink enough Riesling, and it’s such a bad mistake.

This grape varietal, which originated in the Rhine region of Germany, can give you some very good times!

With relatively low alcohol (usually around 12%) and great minerality, it should be your go-to wine when eating winter vegetables such as squash and brussel sprouts; or apple and pear tarts.

Belived by many nowadays to be the best white variety in the world, it still suffers a bad reputation from the past. Though some poor quality wines were produced in the past, they are now better than ever.

Another big misconception is that German Rieslings are always sweet, but this Battenfeld Spanier Riesling is bone dry. Bright since the very first moment and with a great complexity, this fruity wine really got me.

With “just ripe” pear, apple, nectarine and lime developing at every sip,  this chalky and minerally wine, has a great personality and, it won’t leave you disappointed if you are looking to expand your knowledge of this magnificient style of wine.

Advise: definetely not the wine you want to bring to a party with friends ( if they are not into riesling of course), but, perfect to spice up a dinner with shelfish or vegetables.

For just over 15$ it will leave you curious to explore more.

Buy it today and enjoy it fresh or, age it for a few years and it will give even more thrills!


As usual, I want to remind that I am not payed to talk about any wine.

A Wine A Day – Vini Franchetti Passorosso 2014

Wow, really!

This Sicilian wine, grown on volcanic soil, is fuel for your dreams.

Hanging on old vines at a height between 1800 and 3200 ft on the iconic mount Etna, the grapes of Nerello Mascalese (indigenous variety) have given out a wine that is simply perfect.

Aged for 18 months in oak barrels, this Passorosso, new to the Etna Rosso D.O.C with this 2014 vintage, is complex and approachable at the same time.

With soft spices and plenty of minerality which you would expect from a wine grown on volcanic soil, this bottle is packed with “just ripe” red fruit and hints of blood orange.

The tannins are perfectly integrated and the alcohol is just right, giving a full body with enough grip to withstand almost any dish you can imagine while at the same time being delicate.

A great wine to enjoy with food or by itself on a chilly evening!