Fresco Cocina Now Open In Carlsbad Village

Fresco Cocina, the much anticipated second restaurant from restauranter Linda DiNitto (264 Fresco), is now open and serving its Latin-inspired menu to the Carlsbad community. Having hired Carlsbad local, and culinary powerhouse, Chris Idso, to helm the kitchen, the duo is taking guests on a culinary tour of Latin America through bold, bright shareable plates and main courses.

Fresco Cocina serves fresh and playful Latin menu

Located in the heart of Carlsbad Village, Fresco Cocina is a culinary homage to DiNitto’s cultural roots. Born in Venezuela to Italian parents, DiNitto successfully curated a concept and space that felt truly authentic to her Italian background in her first Carlsbad restaurant, 264 Fresco. After years of serving the Carlsbad community, she decided to expand and showcase the Latin American side of her upbringing with Fresco Cocina.

“My restaurants are a direct reflection of my culture and experiences,” said DiNitto. “It is food that I grew up eating, and that my family still enjoys. Fresco Cocina’s cuisine Is just that – bright and bold, but familiar all at the same time.”

Executive Chef Idso brings decades of experience to Fresco Cocina’s kitchen, having worked with culinary staples like Pacifica Del Mar, Water Grill and Estancia. His fresh and playful menu draws inspirations from Latin America’s vibrant cuisine, including dishes from Peru, Venezuela, Brazil and Uruguay.

Your favorite dishes served from small to large plates

The menu ranges from small plates, like Braised Short Rib Empanadas, Venezuelan Tequeños, Shrimp & Octopus Cocktail and Street Tacos, to Larger Plates that highlight bold flavors found in traditional Latin dishes. These include Whole Roasted Huachinango Veracruz, Peruvian Lomo Saltado, Roasted Chilean Seabass Pibil, and Peruvian Roasted Chicken Breast.

Your bright, bold, and friendly neighborhood Latin restaurant

Fresco Cocina in the heard of Carlsbad Village was imagined to be a place where everyone feels welcome. A space where locals, friends and family gather over exceptional food and drink, and warm service. The interior is a modern, airy space full of texture and color, with a nod towards Southern California’s coastal vibe.

Each space, from the patios and dining room, to the lounge, showcase their own personality, but come together to complete the design. Wherever guests are seated, they’ll find a cozy spot to order from the extensive selection of tequilas and rums, or toast to the good life with a cocktail infused with the intoxicating soul of Latin America. Try the Zarzamora Ginger, a well-balanced sipper with bourbon, liquid alchemist ginger, lime and blackberry – or the Good Vibes with tequila blanco, fresh grapefruit, orgeat, lemon and aperol.

See you there

Located at the prime corner of Grand Ave. and Carlsbad Blvd., Fresco Cocina is open Monday-Friday at 11:30AM for lunch, with dinner after. Happy hour is offered from 3PM-5PM, Monday-Friday, with a weekend brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30AM-3PM, followed by dinner. 

To keep up to date with Fresco Cocina, visit the website here and follow them on Instagram.

See you there, San Diego!

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