Former Mamma Teresa Owner To Open Downtown San Diego Eatery | Allure Restaurant Space To Become Italia Mia - A Taste Of Italy

January 24, 2017

The former Allure restaurant space at 825 4th Avenue in downtown San Diego has been scooped up by Teresa Buccolo, chef and owner of the now-defunct Mamma Teresa Ristorante Italiano in Poway, who will open Italia Mia - A Taste Of Italy in early February.

Like Poway's Mamma Teresa, which quietly shuttered in 2016, Italia Mia will offer a menu with dishes inspired by family recipes that blend Northern and Southern Italian influences. Owner Teresa Buccolo is originally a native of Naples who moved northward to the Reggio Emilia area of Italy after graduating from high school, where she attended culinary school. She even has a restaurant named Mamma Teresa in the region that is now run by her older brother. Teresa moved to San Diego in 2009 after visiting a friend in Poway.

Expect a menu spanning everything from appetizers to salads, to pasta and entrees, including homemade bread and pastas with many of the ingredients being imported from Italy. The restaurant will also have a full bar. The 2,300 square foot space in downtown San Diego that housed Allure Restaurant for 2.5 years (close late 2016) is currently receiving a renovation and is anticipated to open mid-February.