Chef Brad Wise Debuts New Fall Flavors At Cardellino

Chef Brad Wise has unveiled a new fall menu at Cardellino – Trust Restaurant Group’s unabashedly Italian-American restaurant in Mission Hills – drawing inspiration from seasonal fall ingredients, such as butternut squash, sage, and figs.

Focused on elevating Cardellino’s culinary program to align the offerings with TRG’s namesake flagship restaurant TRUST, the new dishes marry the flavors and techniques fans love about Chef Brad and the hospitality collective overall.

Art on your plate

New pastas are all made in-house, under the direction of TRG’s Corporate Chef Mark Schmitt. His decade of experience behind the line at CUCINA Urbana and others means he’s a force to be reckoned with in the kitchen – his pasta is closer to art than food. The cavatelli, a thick noodle shape that eats more like a dumpling, boasts a robust texture that stands up to strong seasonal ingredients and lends itself to autumn, even if we’re in San Diego. And the hand-cut triangoli, cooked fresh, takes Cardellino to new heights.

These dishes are warm and comforting while highlighting the elevated techniques that make each unique to Chef Wise and the TRG group. A must-try fall menu at Cardellino include:


Antipasti: whole roasted cauliflower shallot sumac oil, pine nut dukkah, lemon yogurt, herbs

Pizza al Forno

Mission fig:  pickled onion, boursin cheese, soft herbs, fig balsamic, candied walnuts.

Delicata squash: panna, poached quince, fontina, chili flake, sage, brown butter


Butternut squash triangoli: brown butter, sage, farmers cheese, salted pepita, pickled squash

Merguez sausage cavatelli: fennel, tomato, pecorino, soft herbs, burrata, evoo

Herbed pappardelle: braised rabbit & piquillo pepper ragout, castelvetrano olives, rosemary garlic breadcrumbs


Ultimate cinnamon roll: pecan ice cream, vanilla bean glaze, currants

Simple breakfast: 2 eggs, bacon or sausage, potatoes, rustic sourdough toast

Prosciutto hash: sunnyside egg, pickled peppers, potatoes, calabrian aioli, arugula, pesto

Khachapuri: fontina, basil pesto, hen egg, bacon, roasted mushroom, marinara sauce


Venice: vodka, cold brew, mint, coconut

Cantalupo: gin, lime, cantaloupe, mint, salt

Cardellino Hours

Happy Hour: Wednesday – Sunday 4PM – 6PM

Dinner: Wednesday – Sunday 5PM – 9PM

Brunch:  Saturday & Sunday 9AM – 2:30PM

See you there, San Diego!

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