Ambrogio15 restaurant in Pacific Beach

Ambrogio15 is an authentic Milanese pizzeria that recently opened in North Pacific Beach. Ambrogio is the name of a patron saint of Milan while the number 15 represents the pizza diameter. We were invited to attend their soft opening weekend.

inside Ambrogio15 restaurant in Pacific Beach

The restaurant is tastefully decorated in Milano style, and even the lights and pizza oven were imported from Italy! In combination with the food, that's an amazing show of pride and love of your hometown. The three main waiters were actually the three owners, Giacomo Pizzigoni, Andrea Burrone and Luca Salvi. By interacting with the customers, they were able to answer questions, provide recommendations, and receive direct feedback.

menu of Ambrogio15 restaurant in Pacific Beach

There's a large selection of pizzas, foccia, salads, meats, cheeses, specialty wines and a few craft beers. You'll see these letters DOP by some items which means it's authentic, i.e. you can't label something unless it is from a particular region or area. These are specially imported items! 

Nuvola Gamberetti e Burrata at Ambrogio15

The foccia section had two styles available, a thicker version with toppings or a thinner crunchier stuffed version, so we decided to try one of both. The first to come out was the Nuvola Gamberetti e Burrata, basically a two inch focaccia bread topped with perfectly poached shrimp and unadultered burrata! Even though the toasty bread had a nice bite and firmness, it still felt too carby with this ingredient combo. We'd recommend sharing when ordering the thick bread style.

Scrocchiarella Vegetariana at Ambrogio15

Next was the Scrocchiarella Vegetariana and seriously, the crust was GOLD. We especially loved the way it was perfectly salted with a little bit of crunch! This vegetarian option contained fresh zucchini, tomatoes and eggplant but we're sure the meat one would be just as excellent! Simple and light, we could imagine this as a sandwich appetizer! This one disappeared very quickly.

Hannibal Lecter pizza at Ambrogio15

Of course, we couldn't leave without trying one of the Milano style pizzas. This one was the Hannibal Lector, the meatiest item on the list.

Hannibal Lecter pizza at Ambrogio15

Closeup shot! The thin crust was well salted plus had enough substance to hold up the abundance of toppings. Our favorite part was the surprising kick of the spicy salami and that tasty thin imported prosciutto. The only downside was the overall saltiness due to the meats.

pizza and oven at Ambrogio15 restaurant in Pacific Beach

We could see the oven action through the open serving window! That's some thick bread!

Ruanello wine at Ambrogio15

We also shared a bottle of white wine, a lesser known variety chosen by Giacoma himself. This Ruanello Bianco was refreshing with a fruity taste that was easy on the palate.

Tiramisu Tradizionale at Ambrogio15

The tiramisu was ordered as our standard Italian dessert. Served in a cup, this was more airy and whipped and we dug into the bottom for the treasure trove of expresso chocolate.

Cioccolatina home made dessert at Ambrogio15

We also wanted something different so went with the Cioccolatina. This chocolate cake is Giacomo's own recipe and he seemed really proud. This cake was delicious and we decided it paired really well with the previous item!

sign at Ambrogio15 restaurant in Pacific Beach

Ambrogio15 has a 45 person max capacity and was filled up completely by the time we finished our meal. The noise level is decent where you can still hear your table well but not the table next to you due to ambient sounds. The only confusing part was the parking lot, which is shared with some neighboring businesses that had reserved spots. Most likely, you would need to find street parking. Foodwise, the prices are a little higher but there are some real gems to be found here! Jinxi and San Diego Food also visited for their soft opening.

Disclaimer: We were invited to dine here and our meal was complimentary. We were not otherwise compensated and all opinions stated are our own.

Ambrogio15 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

926 Turquoise St
San Diego CA 92109
(858) 291-8650

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J.S. @ Sun Diego Eats's picture
Submitted by J.S. @ Sun Dieg... (not verified) on Sat, 08/20/2016 - 6:43pm

Oohhh the Hannibal Lecter looks so good to me!

lynn's picture
Submitted by lynn on Mon, 08/29/2016 - 11:41am

definitely the pizza to order here! =)

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