Tre Porcellini, a new addition to the gayborhood, enticed me for months before opening with their three little pigs. The sign was just so cute (and pink!) that I was dying to try it out. Well, I finally did, and I'm sad to say the sign might well have been the greatest thing about the place (although the little piggy butts on the "closed" sign and back of the staff's shirts are pretty cute too).
Here's my review. The place really does have great potential and if a neighbor or family member wanted to go there and couldn't be swayed elsewhere, well, I'll go back and try again. But, until that time happens, my love for Italian food (and men) will be cured elsewhere in San Diego (or Bensonhurst BK but that's an entirely different story).
Bruschetta. Three pieces of burnt bread with various toppings $10. The only one I really liked was the "traditional" bruschetta and if I were to order this again I'd request that the three slices be this one only. The others were perfectly okay, but bland, boring, and sort of difficult to eat (due to the burnt bread).
"Mac and Cheese" Risotto (quotes used because that's what is on the menu). $11.95. Had a funky after taste, quite an earthy one. Not terrible, but not my favorite either. Despite being a Tre Porcellini specialty, I'd avoid it, try a different offering for your $.
Chicken Marsala. $15.95 (I think). Chicken was cooked really well, potatos were tasty. Sauce was really, really sweet. I commented that it tasted like a Moscato or Riesling had been used to make the sauce rather than the typically dry white. It was shockingly sweet, which really took away from the dish itself. Again, not terrible, but the sweet sauce was really just too much.
Wine list: Actually quite good. We each just had a glass (which are excellent pours for the price) but the list had a great variety and price points to meet nearly anyone's needs.
Ambiance: We both commented that the inside didn't seem to have changed much from Bite, same uncomfortable chairs, booths along the edge, awkward group table up front. Nice bar area.
Service: Nothing to complain about. They were great. Water was always filled, plates cleared away, etc.
Overall, despite the plethora of excellent reviews, there are far better Italian joints (both upscale like this one and lower scale) not much further away.