Italian Delight in Six Locales

Vigilucci's is Patch's "Bites Nearby" pick of the week.

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As Roby Vigilucci’s Italian food empire continues to grow, so does my ardor for his cozy Leucadia pizzeria. Vigilucci’s Ristorante & Pizzeria’s patio pays homage to the sweet outdoor spaces found in eateries across Italy and the South of France.

The menu? Only typical in name: pizzas, pastas, salads, focaccia and meat dishes.

Two to try: The Pizza Genovese and Vodka Penne. The delicious calzones rival Shaq’s shoes in size.

The adjoining Robbie’s, featuring a different spelling of the owner’s name, for upon his transition from Italy to San Diego he found the "ie" spelling more common, does the stomach good with a spicy poke salad: fresh raw tuna marinated in Roby’s secret dressing.

Happy hour is served at Robbie’s from 4 to 7 p.m. and Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In addition, Roby supports local musicians, who perform seven nights a week, 6:30 to 10 p.m.

If you can't make it into Vigilucci’s in Leucadia, look for the eatery in Carlsbad, Leucadia, Encinitas, and too.

Vigilucci's is listed among Larios' favorite places to eat on foodhuddle.com.


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