Opera Singer-Led DivoDiva Coffee & Wine Replacing Pappalecco In San Diego's Hillcrest

May 21, 2023

Replacing a 13-year-old location of Pappalecco cafe in San Diego's Hillcrest is DivoDiva Coffee & Wine, an all-day bar and restaurant concept from two opera singers.  

Rosario Monetti is a Naples, Italy-born professional opera singer who has trained under some of Italy’s most respected vocal coaches and also has a restaurant with his father called Zenith Cafe. He moved to San Diego in 2009 and has performed all over the city, including singing the National Anthem before a Padres game at Petco Park. Monetti also owns Meshuggah Shack in Mission Hill. He has teamed up with fellow opera singer Victoria Robertson for the opening of a new wine bar and eatery dubbed DivoDiva Coffee & Wine. 

Moving into the Hillcrest cafe space that has housed a branch of Pappalecco since late 2009, DivoDiva Coffee & Wine will offer an Italian-inspired menu featuring espresso drinks, pastries, and morning meals. Later in the day, the establishment will transition into a music-themed wine bar and restaurant. 

DivoDiva is anticipated to open in early July at 3650 Fifth Avenue, Suite 104, in San Diego's Hillcrest neighborhood.