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Restaurant of the Week: 264 Fresco

264 Fresco restaurant in Carlsbad is just steps from the beach and serves wood-fired Italian dishes in a welcoming, coastal atmosphere.

Upon entering 264 Fresco, you feel right at home, with a bright and airy dining room that opens up to an enclosed patio. A second, large patio is tented over what used to be a parking lot that is equally as charming and offers a nice ocean breeze. The patios are dog-friendly, allowing your furry friends to join for the meal.

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To start your meal, choose from classics like Beets + Burrata, heirloom tomato caprese, roasted artichokes and steamed mussels. Our favorite, the Beets + Burrata, is served with a honey-truffle vinaigrette and pistachios that make this appetizer an absolute delight.

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The wood-fired pizzas are a great choice for your entrée, offering both red and white sauce options. 264 Fresco has a classic Margherita pizza under the reds or try the Affumicata with a white sauce, sausage, mushroom, mozzarella, basil and EVOO.

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Additional entrée options for lunch or dinner feature a pan-roasted Chilean seabass, herb-roasted branzino, braised short rib and an 8-oz. filet mignon. The short rib will melt in your mouth and is served with gnocchi, wild mushrooms, roasted heirloom carrots and pea tendrils.

Being an Italian restaurant, 264 Fresco naturally has a great selection of pasta to choose from as well, including baked rigatoni salsiccia, ravioli di aragosta and lasagna. The Scallop + Shrimp Fettuccine with cherry tomato, sweet onions and arugula pesto is a fabulous oceanside dish to try.

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Make sure to save room for some classic Italian desserts like tiramisu, torta al cioccolato, vanilla panna cotta and cannoli. 264 Fresco also offers a lovely selection of cocktails, beer and wine, including delicious ports to conclude your meal.

264 Fresco is open for dinner seven days a week, lunch on the weekdays and brunch on the weekends. To see the full menu and make a reservation, visit 264fresco.com.

264 Carlsbad Village Dr.
Carlsbad, CA 92008

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