Sauced Pizzeria Unveils In San Diego's Pacific Beach

December 2, 2021

This past October, after nearly 70 years serving in San Diego's Pacific Beach, Marino's Italian restaurant closed its doors, but new owners have already replaced the decades-old eatery with a new red sauce Italian concept named Sauced Pizzeria.

Marino's Italian restaurant was founded in 1954 by Salvatore Marino, who also owned a Marino’s Pizza in La Jolla and Santee. The family-run eatery was eventually sold to Luigi & Assunta Murino in the mid-1970s and has been managed for the past few years by second-generation owners Mark & Kristin Murino. Marino's served its last meals on Sunday, October 10. After decades in the Murino family, the business was sold to new proprietors who reopen the restaurant today as Sauced Pizzeria.

Sauced Pizzeria is owned and operated by Christina Cunningham and offers Americanized Italian cuisine from Cunningham's nephew, Executive Chef Chad Fields, who previously worked for JC Resorts in Los Angeles. Dishes range from pizzas and pastas, to organic salads, hearty entrees, and pizzeria-style appetizers, as well as vegan and gluten-free items. There is also a selection of area craft beers and local & California wines. Owners plan on hosting live piano music on Friday nights.  

Sauced Pizzeria is expected to open mid-2022 at 4475 Ingraham Street in San Diego's Pacific Beach. For more information, follow the restaurant on Facebook & Instagram.