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March 12, 2020 Del MarPizza0

Pam Kragen from the San Diego Union Tribune has interviewed the three Ambrogio15 owners for an article called “Ambrogio15 aiming to serve Americas best pizza in June 2020” about their Del Mar Restaurant

In 2016, a trio of young entrepreneurs from Milan opened Ambrogio15 pizzeria in Pacific Beach, with the goal of making the best pizza San Diegans have ever tasted.

Four years later, with Ambrogio15’s signature Burrata y Prosciutto Crudo pie topping many local “best pizza” lists, they’ve moved on to a more ambitious goal. Giacomo Pizzigoni, Luca Salvi and Andrea Burrone now hope to revolutionize pizza-making in California, if not the U.S., and perhaps become the first pizzeria in the world to earn a Michelin star.

“We want to reinvent pizza,” said Pizzigoni, 30, whose shared company now includes a second Ambrogio15 location and a Semola fresh pasta stand, both at the Little Italy Food Hall. “If pasta and other things can earn Michelin stars, why not the most essential food in Italian cuisine, which is bread? Let’s take our amazing dough and make it our canvas to create something new.”

To launch this revolution, the Ambrogio15 team returned to their roots and hired chef Silvio Salmoiraghi, who helms the Michelin-starred Ristorante Acquerello, a modern Italian restaurant just outside of Milan. Salmoiraghi was a protégé of the late Gualtiero Marchesi, the Milanese chef known as the founder of modern Italian cuisine. Since 2003, Salmoiraghi has launched two Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe.

Over the past several months, Salmoiraghi and his team of chef/partner Choi Cheolhyeok and gastronome Paolo Tucci have been collaborating with the San Diego trio on a gourmet tasting menu that will be served exclusively at the Ambrogio15 location opening June 12 in the Sky Deck dining hall at the Del Mar Highlands Town Center in Carmel Valley.

Pizzigoni said the new location will sell the affordably priced pizzas and other items from its regular menu. But more adventurous diners can choose a chef’s tasting menu featuring some of Salmoiraghi’s new dishes. In late January, Ambrogio15 hosted a five-course tasting dinner with some of the new dishes being developed for the Sky Deck location.

“When we decided to sign the Del Mar lease, we didn’t want to do Little Italy No. 2 and didn’t want to be part of a food court. This was a chance to be in a really modern establishment. It was time to step up our game and challenge ourselves,” Pizzigoni said. “Our pizza has been really successful so it was time to push the accelerator and go gourmet.”

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Read the rest of the “Ambrogio15 aiming to serve Americas best pizza in June 2020” article on the Union Tribune Website.


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Next spring (2020), The Sky Deck will open its doors in The Del Mar Highlands Town Center. This anticipated project is a part of The Collection, a $120 million expansion adding 40+ retail spaces to the center.

Patrick Donahue, CEO and chairman of Donahue Schriber Realty Group, came up with the idea for Sky Deck five years ago on a trip to Barcelona, Spain. When visiting his son, he discovered and fell in love with La Boqueria, a large public market, as well as innovative restaurant concept El Nacional characterized by separate culinary and bar areas.

When Donahue returned to the U.S., he decided to bring a similar model to San Diego in turn developing the plans for Sky Deck — a collection of eight to 10 restaurants, ranging from 500 to 3,000 square feet.

Confirmed tenants in the new space include Beeside Mediterranean Kitchen, Chi Extraordinary, Le Parfait and Ambrogio15. Tom Slater, founder of Slater’s 50/50, will operate Noblesse Oblige, a large cocktail bar that will be stationed in the center of the venue.

Ambrogio15 Owners Luca Salvi, Andrea Burrone and Giacomo Pizzigoni alongside Nina Elettra from DOCG Imports at the construction site.

“We are very proud of opening the third location of Ambrogio15 at the Del Mar Sky Deck, we have some surprises for you!!!” says Giacomo Pizzigoni

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Building Sky Deck from the Ground Up

Still being built from the ground up, Sky Deck is characterized by high-ceilings, indoor and outdoor patios, and a large skylight with tinted windows. The blue skylight panels, which are controlled by an iPad, have the ability to lighten and darken based on temperature and time of day, as well as display graphics or messages.

A winding staircase will lead to an elevated, outdoor deck featuring three breweries — Rough Draft, Northern Pine Brewing and Boochcraft. The open-air space will embrace the elements, relying on the San Diego’s penchant for good weather and heating lamps when needed.

There will also be a glassed-in “cold space” upstairs highlighting exposed kegs from the three breweries visible to diners below. In addition to serving as a resource for the breweries, the glassed-in design is intended to encourage visitors to venture upstairs for a drink after their meal.

Donahue said he envisions Sky Deck to be the “ultimate date night place” where people can meet after work for a reasonably priced dinner, drink or dessert. The project seeks to be approachable without sacrificing any design elements.

He noted that although time is the commodity during lunch breaks, the priority switches to a venue’s atmosphere and entertainment value when evening falls. Rather than calling Sky Deck a food hall or food court, he refers to the vision a “restaurant collective.”

Original article by Sara Butler for Pacific Magazine – You can read the article here


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