‘BASTA!’ by Sam the Cooking Guy to Open in Little Italy

  • Italian
  • Little Italy
  • $$

Get ready to say “Basta!” to ordinary dining experiences and welcome in a new era of Italian-inspired cuisine as celebrated chef and television personality Sam Zien (better known as Sam the Cooking Guy) launches his newest concept in the heart of Little Italy.

Sam the Cooking Guy

Led by Chef Gavin Mills, Director of Culinary, you can expect new, fun twists on classic Italian dishes, as well as signature ‘Sam the Cooking Guy’ bites.

A Gathering Place in Piazza della Famiglia

Situated in the vibrant Piazza della Famiglia, BASTA! is more than just a restaurant—it’s a culinary gathering place where friends become family, and every meal is a celebration.

With an inviting, lively atmosphere and a patio perfect for soaking up the sunshine or cozying up by the firepits under the stars, BASTA! promises to make every visit memorable.

“We are thrilled to introduce BASTA! to San Diego,” said Sam Zien.

“Our menu, filled with Italian-inspired eats and inventive cocktails, is designed to ignite your taste buds and foster connections, just like a family gathering. Basta means ‘enough’ in Italian, and here, it’s about reaching that sweet spot of satisfaction and wanting more.”

Basta Little Italy

A Menu to Savor and Share

BASTA!’s menu, crafted by Sam Zien and Chef Gavin Mills, offers a delectable fusion of Italian-inspired dishes such as:

  • Bone Marrow Garlic Bread
  • Sardines with Calabrian chili and greomolata
  • Chicken Liver Mousse
  • Crispy Herb Gnocchi
  • Handmade Cavatelli with Santa Barbara uni
  • Ricotta Tortellini with asparagus, lemon, and crème fraiche

Whether you’re looking for casual, small bites or an elevated entrée, there’s something for everyone. These dishes, among others, exemplify the creative culinary artistry that BASTA! brings to the table.

When you have savored your fill, go ahead and venture into the Piazza della Famiglia or the Little Italy Food Hall to enjoy more cocktails and soak up the vibrant ambiance and energy of San Diego’s favorite neighborhood.

A Grain & Grit Collective Concept

BASTA! is the latest concept by the Grain & Grit Collective, a hospitality group led by CEO Michael DiNorscia and dedicated to creating exceptional dining experiences.

See you there!

The grand opening is set for Thursday, June 6.

The restaurant is located at 555 West Date St., Suite B, San Diego.

Visit the website here for more info, and follow them on Instagram and Facebook for updates.

See you there, San Diego!

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