“Delizie”, meaning delicious, is an enthusiastic endeavor to preserve sacred family traditions and bring delight to peoples’ plates far beyond Italy’s borders. Hailing from Calabria, the infamous “toe” of the Italian peninsula where the mountains meet a breathtaking coastline, owner Francesco Ruggiero brings to life the richness of this southern region’s culinary heritage, introducing and reacquainting others with an irresistible array of savory flavors and vibrant aromas. Renowned for its sausage (soppressata) and chili peppers (pepperoncini), Calabria is a region full of strong and intense emotions, a defining characteristic that has found its place within the cuisine, boasting a distinctive and recurring spice.
In contrast to northern Italy, much of the south has only been sparsely disturbed by outsiders and has managed to preserve its true character. Wanting only to share original Calabrese traditions, Delizie has taken the same approach with its food. Using a combination of carefully selected imports and fresh, locally grown ingredients, you can indulge to you heart’s desire in a variety of homemade pastas and traditional dishes such as melanzane ripiene, fusilli alla calabrese and bracioline di vitello. To render the meal complete pair your food with an appealing wine chosen from a list featuring Italian and Californian wines that best suite your palate.
The restaurant itself maintains a cozy, relaxed, yet elegant feel that invites others to join in the ambience that comes to life when the simplest things are brought to the table: good food, wine and people. Italians are well known for bringing a strong energy to the table, a way of life that has been shaped by holding a great respect for culinary craftsmanship, a genuine love of food, and an appreciation for the time spent enjoying it with family and friends. With an intimate décor, a small friendly staff made up mostly of family members from Calabria, and traditional yet creative dishes, Delizie strives to bring you the entire experience.
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