San Diego's Best Italian Restaurant 2019

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solare events

Almost every week, the Solare Team is creating and having an event around food, wine, beer, spirits, music, and more.   Here is our current schedule below.   If you would like to host your own event for a family occasion or corporate event, please see our “host an event” page.
 


<a id="Solare-Cooking-Classes"></a>Cooking Classes at Solare ~ Hands-on!

January 01 - April 30 - Cooking Classes at Solare ~ Hands-on!

Ciao!! Here is our Schedule for Cooking Classes. Contact us with any questions. We love doing Cooking Classes here at Solare.

Here is the Solare Cooking Class Schedule for January, February, March, and April:

Jan 25 – Making Pasta from Scratch
Feb 8 – Authentic Pizza
Feb 22 – Seafood + Fish Market
Mar 7 – Tuscan Meats including La Fiorentina Steak
Mar 21 – Seafood + Fish Market
Mar 28 – Authentic Pizza
Apr 4 – Lasagna

Our Cooking Classes offer a truly hands-on experience in a commercial kitchen allowing each student to create Italian cuisine themselves to make at home. Our classes are not a “demonstration” – they are hands on.

The classes are held pretty much every other Saturday, and the fun typically starts at 10:30am at Solare (10am for some classes) with an Italian-style coffee of your choice and a pastry. Italian wine is served for students interested in “cooking with wine”. The Classes are $85/student and that includes the class, coffees, wines, and full lunch.

The Classes do sell out fast due to the limited size. Please call 619-270-9670 or email us to make a reservation for a Class: info@solarelounge.com

-Randy


<a id="Solare-SDRW"></a>San Diego Restaurant Week

January 19 - January 26 - San Diego Restaurant Week

Solare is participating in San Diego Restaurant Week this year – #SDRW! $40++ dinner and $20 lunch. We are excited! We are offering the special menu we designed for Restaurant Week as well as our “regular” lunch and dinner menus. Note that during Restaurant week, the last lunch seating is 2:45pm and then dinner service begins at 4:30pm. We will be open for drinks, wine, beer, cocktails, etc., all afternoon. Click here to see the menus

Make your reservation here ~ Resto Week! Experience Solare!


<a id="Solare-Pasta-Cooking-Class"></a>Cooking Class: Fresh Pasta from Scratch and Ravioli

January 25 - Cooking Class: Fresh Pasta from Scratch and Ravioli

Solare’s pasta is made fresh every day – in our kitchen. This is an opportunity to see exactly how Chef Filippo Piccini makes that happen! He will teach you all the right techniques to enable you to make the best “pasta fresca” and perfect ravioli. This is a hands-on pasta making class where you will learn the classic dough techniques and so much more. The fun starts at 10:30am at Solare with an Italian-style coffee of your choice and a pastry. Italian wine is served for students interested in “cooking with wine”. – Limit 10 — $85/student that includes the class, wine, and lunch. Reserve today via email or call 619-270-9670


<a id="Solare-Pizza-Cooking-Class"></a>Cooking Class:  Authentic Pizza from Scratch

February 08 - Cooking Class: Authentic Pizza from Scratch

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make pizza in the authentic style from the renowned city of Napoli? How about a tasty Sfincione from Sicily; Focaccia from Liguria? Here is your perfect opportunity — Pizza Chef Brian will guide you through each step – starting with making the dough from scratch. This is very HANDS ON – you are learning to make pizza and not just watching someone else show you. Each student will take home extra dough to show off their pizza making skills that evening at home! The fun starts at 10:30am at Solare with an Italian-style coffee of your choice and a pastry. Italian wine is served for students interested in “cooking with wine”. – Class size limited — $85/student that includes the class, wine, and lunch. Reserve today via email or call 619-270-9670 


<a id="Solare-Valentines-Day-Dinner"></a>Valentine's Day Dinner at Solare

February 14 - Valentine’s Day Dinner at Solare

You will love this — Valentine’s Day dinner at Solare! Come enjoy an awesome experience. Make your reservations now as we will sell out for our special dinner this evening. An awesome 4-course dinner with a special menu designed by Exec Chef Filippo Piccini for $69/person. A rose for each couple! Click here to make your reservation or call 619-270-9670


<a id="Solare-Fish-Cooking-Class"></a>Cooking Class: Fish and Shellfish + Fish Market

February 22 - Cooking Class: Fish and Shellfish + Fish Market

Meet at Solare and drive together to a local fish market (less than 3 miles) to learn about fish and buying fresh fish with confidence. Then we all head back to Solare to prepare and cook some great seafood dishes. Chef Filippo Piccini will teach you how to cook fish and seafood … Tuscan-style! Seafood lovers will not want to miss this opportunity. NOTE that for this class, the fun starts at 10am instead of the normal 10:30am as we are visiting the fish market. Please bring a jacket and wear closed toe shoes. We meet at Solare with an Italian-style coffee of your choice and a pastry. Italian wine is served for students interested in “cooking with wine”. – Limit 10 — $85/student that includes the class, wine, and lunch. Reserve today via email or call 619-270-9670.


<a id="Solare-Tuscan-Meats"></a>Cooking Class:  Tuscan Meats including La Fiorentina

March 07 - Cooking Class: Tuscan Meats including La Fiorentina

In this hands-on cooking class in the Solare Kitchen, we focus on the meats of Tuscany. Executive Chef Filippo Piccini was born and raised in Tuscany, so this is a topic he knows very (very) well. You will learn the important approaches to cooking meat (beef, pork, and lamb) and also the techniques that Chef Filippo has learned during his career.   You will experience first-hand how to cook La Fiorentina (the Queen of Tuscan Meats), Tonno del Chianti, Agnello Scottadito, and more.   The fun starts at 10:30am at Solare with an Italian-style coffee of your choice and a pastry. Italian wine is served for students interested in “cooking with wine”.   Limit 10 — $85/student that includes the class, wine, and lunch. Reserve today via email or call 619-270-9670


<a id="Solare-Fish-Cooking-Class"></a>Cooking Class: Fish and Shellfish + Fish Market

March 21 - Cooking Class: Fish and Shellfish + Fish Market

Meet at Solare and drive together to a local fish market (less than 3 miles) to learn about fish and buying fresh fish with confidence. Then we all head back to Solare to prepare and cook some great seafood dishes. Chef Filippo Piccini will teach you how to cook fish and seafood … Tuscan-style! Seafood lovers will not want to miss this opportunity. NOTE that for this class, the fun starts at 10am instead of the normal 10:30am as we are visiting the fish market. Please bring a jacket and wear closed toe shoes. We meet at Solare with an Italian-style coffee of your choice and a pastry. Italian wine is served for students interested in “cooking with wine”. – Limit 10 — $85/student that includes the class, wine, and lunch. Reserve today via email or call 619-270-9670.


<a id="Solare-Pizza-Cooking-Class"></a>Cooking Class:  Authentic Pizza from Scratch

March 28 - Cooking Class: Authentic Pizza from Scratch

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make pizza in the authentic style from the renowned city of Napoli? How about a tasty Sfincione from Sicily; Focaccia from Liguria? Here is your perfect opportunity — Pizza Chef Brian will guide you through each step – starting with making the dough from scratch. This is very HANDS ON – you are learning to make pizza and not just watching someone else show you. Each student will take home extra dough to show off their pizza making skills that evening at home! The fun starts at 10:30am at Solare with an Italian-style coffee of your choice and a pastry. Italian wine is served for students interested in “cooking with wine”. – Class size limited — $85/student that includes the class, wine, and lunch. Reserve today via email or call 619-270-9670 


<a id="Solare-Lasagna-Cooking-Class"></a>Cooking Class: Lasagna from scratch … with Chef Filippo & Maria!

April 04 - Cooking Class: Lasagna from scratch … with Chef Filippo & Maria!

Baked pasta … Lasagna! A whole lesson dedicated to traditional Italian baked pasta – with a focus on the best Lasagna. The incredible one-of-a kind, Maria, and Executive Chef Filippo Piccini will teach you how to master the technique of baking pasta, and everything you want to know about lasagna. The lesson will be held in our kitchen with Maria and Chef Filippo!! Don’t forget to bring your baking glove! The fun starts at 10:30am at Solare with an Italian-style coffee of your choice and a pastry. Italian wine is served for students interested in “cooking with wine”. Limit 10 – $85/student that includes the class, wine, and lunch. Contact us for details. Reserve now!

Lasagna, one of the most celebrated of the Italian food staples, has a long and luxurious history. The term “lasagna” comes from the Greek word, “lasagnum,” meaning dish or bowl. The ancient Greeks used baking dishes of that name, which they eventually transferred to the Romans. The Romans, who ended up using the same style of dish, also developed a type of food which they used the term “lasagnum” for: it was served in said dish, with layers of a pasta-like food with other fillings in-between. With the extent of the Roman empire, this new “lasagnum” dish spread all across Europe, eventually reaching Britain, where it was published in the very first cookbook.

After remaining dormant for many decades, the early form of lasagna once again surfaced. The early Italians changed the name from “lasagnum,” to “lasagna,” which is the current form. Over the years, the word “lasagna” began to change definitions; the word previously referred to the serving dish it was baked in, but began to simply mean the delicious pasta meal in the dish itself. In modern cooking terms, it now means layers of thin pasta, with meat, cheese, and tomato sauce squeezed in between. Lasagna sure has come a long way.

The fun starts at 10:30am at Solare with an Italian-style coffee of your choice and a pastry. Italian wine is served for students interested in “cooking with wine”. – Class size limited — $85/student that includes the class, wine, and lunch. Reserve today via email or call 619-270-9670


Events and Parties

Have your special dinner, lunch, or party at Solare. We have a great venue with easy parking – and our Team is ready to make it a huge success for you! Solare Events Planning info here.


Click here to view Past Solare Events.

Pizza Verdure Mozzerella, San Marzano, tomatoes,
and farmer’s market vegetables