San Diego's Best Italian Restaurant 2019

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Almost every week, the Solare Team is creating and having an event around food, wine, beer, spirits,  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 - May to July 2024 Schedule ~ Hands-on!

May 25 - July 20 - Cooking Classes at Solare – May to July 2024 Schedule ~ Hands-on!

Ciao!! Here is our May to July 2024 Schedule.  Contact us to reserve your spots.

Typically $95++ per student.  Includes the hands-on cooking class, wine, and a full lunch.  Limit is usually 10 students per class.

We love doing Cooking Classes here at Solare!

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 just a “demonstration”.

  • May 25 – Seafood Italian-style
  • June 1 – Pizza from Scratch!
  • June 15 – Cooking Meat Italian-style (Father’s Day weekend)
  • June 29 – Pasta from Scratch
  • July 6 – Lasagna with Maria
  • July 20 – Authentic Gnocchi & Pesto

 

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.  Italian wine is served for students interested in “cooking with wine”.

The Classes do sell out fast due to the limited size. 

You sign up for a Solare Cooking Class with Tock.   Click here – and select the Class you’d like.

If you have any questions, please call us at 619-270-9670 or email us here.

-Randy and the Solare Team


<a id="Solare-Tuscany-and-Umbria-Wine-Dinner"></a>Italian Wine Dinner ~ An Evening in Tuscany ... with a side trip to Umbria

June 19 - Italian Wine Dinner ~ An Evening in Tuscany … with a side trip to Umbria

Italian Wine Dinner ~ An Evening in Tuscany … with a side trip to Umbria.

Yes, we have Alessandro Boga in San Diego for one day on Wednesday, June 19 – RSVP today.

All the items on the menu and the wines are exactly what you’d experience in Tuscany and Umbria.

Over the evening, Alessadro is leading a fun “deep dive” of Tuscan wines such as Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico Riserva, and Super Tuscans. 

For example, we are pouring the 2015 vintage of the “Val di Suga” Estate Brunello. Very special.  

I also added a wine from a great winery in nearby Umbria: 100% sagrantino from Arnaldo Caprai. Yay! 

All dishes by Exec Chef Denice Grande are traditional to Tuscany and Umbria.

Wine Dinner Details:

  • June 19, Wednesday
  • 6:30pm Reception and 6:45pm Dinner
  • $96 includes the 4-course pairing dinner by Exec Chef Denice Grande and 5 select wines
  • Seating available both inside Solare and on our covered heated patio
  • Click here for a short video describing the evening

RSVP by calling 619-270-9670 or clicking here to send us an email.

Hope to see you here ~ you’ll love it!

-Randy and the Solare Team


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

June 29 - 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 Executive Chef Denice Grande makes that happen! She will teach you all the right techniques to enable you to make the best “pasta fresca” and perfect ravioli and more.  This is a hands-on pasta making class where you will learn the classic dough techniques and so much more.

The lesson is held in our kitchen and is “hands-on” and not a mere cooking “demonstration”.  The fun starts at 10:30am at Solare with an Italian-style coffee of your choice. Italian wine is served for students interested in “cooking with wine”.  Important: Please wear closed toe shoes.  Class size is small and intimate and limited to approximately 10 students.  $95++/student that includes the class, wine, and lunch. It’s fun!  Reserve today.

You sign up for a Solare Cooking Class with Tock.    Click here – and select the Class you’d like.

If you have any questions, please call us at 619-270-9670 or email us here.

-Randy and the Solare Team

 


<a id="Solare-Lasagna-Cooking-Class"></a>Cooking Class: Lasagna from scratch

July 06 - Cooking Class: Lasagna from scratch

 

Baked pasta … Lasagna!   This lesson dedicated to traditional Italian baked pasta – with a focus on the best Lasagna. The incredible one-of-a kind, Chef Maria, and Executive Chef Denice Grande teach you how to master the technique of baking pasta, and everything you want to know about lasagna.

The lesson is held in our kitchen and is “hands-on” and not a mere cooking “demonstration”.  The fun starts at 10:30am at Solare with an Italian-style coffee of your choice. Italian wine is served for students interested in “cooking with wine”.  Important: Please wear closed toe shoes.  Class size is small and intimate and limited to approximately 10 students.  $95++/student that includes the class, wine, and lunch. It’s fun!  Reserve today.

You sign up for a Solare Cooking Class with Tock.    Click here – and select the Class you’d like.

If you have any questions, please call us at 619-270-9670 or email us here.

-Randy and the Solare Team

 

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More Details:  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 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.

 


<a id="Solare-Gnocchi-Cooking-Class"></a>Cooking Class: Gnocchi, Pesto, and Bolognese

July 20 - Cooking Class: Gnocchi, Pesto, and Bolognese

A full immersion in gnocchi and slow braised Bolognese sauce — the essence of the Emilia-Romagna region. You will learn to twist the traditional recipe of gnocchi, by creating different tastes, and shapes, so you can surprise your family and friends at home.   We also learn how to make the best pesto.

The lesson is held in our kitchen and is “hands-on” and not a mere cooking “demonstration”.  The fun starts at 10:30am at Solare with an Italian-style coffee of your choice. Italian wine is served for students interested in “cooking with wine”.  Important: Please wear closed toe shoes.  Class size is small and intimate and limited to approximately 10 students.  $95++/student that includes the class, wine, and lunch. It’s fun!  Reserve today.

You sign up for a Solare Cooking Class with Tock.    Click here – and select the Class you’d like.

If you have any questions, please call us at 619-270-9670 or email us here.

-Randy and the Solare Team


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.

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