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Antica Trattoria, La Mesa, CA
Antica Trattoria, La Mesa, CA
Antica Trattoria, La Mesa, CA
Antica Trattoria, La Mesa, CA
Antica Trattoria, La Mesa, CA

Antica Trattoria

4.8
4.8
2245 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Italian
Antica Trattoria is a warm restaurant with an old-fashioned sense of hospitality that quickly became a gathering place for dinners in Lake Murray and the rest of San Diego when it opened in 2001. For Executive Chef and Owner Francesco Basile, good cuisine is about honest flavors, fresh ingredients and simplicity. That's the kind of food he grew up eating by the seaside in Sicily and it's what he learned in culinary school in Italy.

Why Eat Ordinary?
when you can eat Extraordinary!

About reservations: We have a 15 minute grace period. Please call us if you are running later than 15 minutes after your reservation time.

We may contact you, so please ensure your email and phone number are up to date. Your table will be reserved for 1 hour 30 minutes for parties of up to 2; 2 hours for parties up to 4; 2 hours 30 minutes for parties of up to 6; and 3 hours for parties of 7+. We can't guarantee special request for tables.

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2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Italian, Wine Bar, Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 463-9919
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Francesco Basile
  • Catering
    Antica Trattoria provides a wide range of catering solutions. From simple dishes that can be picked up at our restaurant and served family style to in house banquets for wedding receptions and many other important events. off premise company or family events are also available. we offer preset catering and banquet menu options at www.anticatrattoria.com<br /><br />Chef Francesco Basile can always tailor a menu that fits your budget and specific catering needs.
  • Private party facilities
    Our restaurant is available for private events. depending on the number of guest, time and date of the week a buy-out fee will be included.Over the years we have cater to corporate events, family gatherings and fund raisers.
  • Private party contact
    Francesco Basile: (619) 463-9919
  • Neighborhood
    La Mesa
  • Cross street
    Baltimore Ave
  • Parking details
    We are located in a strip mall that has large capacity
  • Public transit
    MTS San Diego 854 and 14
  • Entertainment
    Tenor Rosario Monetti our Opera singing bar keeper enjoys performing for our guest during dinner and is available for private events
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 2,245 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East County

    Best Overall

  • East County

    Best Food

  • East County

    Best Service

  • East County

    Best Ambiance

  • East County

    Best Value

  • East County

    Neighborhood gem

  • East County

    Great for fine wines

  • East County

    Romantic

  • East County

    Good for special occasions

  • East County

    Most Booked

2,245 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The waiter with whom has services us before was excellent. He provided reconnections that were delicious. He was very competent and I would definitely go back. Thanks so much!

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  2. InSearchOf

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was OUTSTANDING however, small and cramped - chairs were like sitting on a park bench. Very loud (and we got there just after opening). With all that, we’ll be back again- the food was that good - just on a week night. 😀

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  3. LisaM

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is amazing! Food is outstanding as well as the staff and ambience

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  4. JimN

    Las Vegas

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is a neighborhood jewel. It is one of the best Italian restaurants in San Diego. We have been going there for years and is always been exceptional. I highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food! I’m definitely gonna be back. Great vibe

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband said his chicken was a little undercooked and our crab cakes were slightly undercooked. However we enjoyed the ambiance and the service.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A beautiful little spot tucked away in La Mesa, my partner and I came for their Valentine’s Day menu and had a great night. The drinks were on point, the food was tasty and thoughtful and our server was warm and kept checking on us. These are the types of places we value in the community.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Ordinarily, this is a restaurant we would recommend. But the Valentines Day dinner was a disappointment. They just didn’t have the staff to handle the rush. Service was poor. Food was cold. Too bad. Won’t go back for a special occasion.

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  9. PeteYur

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food is excellent. The restaurant is just too crowded; seating too close together. Difficult to be comfortable. What is the 4% surcharge all about?

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  10. ThomasC

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our 2nd time there. the food was awesome. A little pricey but worth it.

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  11. KimberleeC

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Valentines dinner was wonderful, our waitress was personable and attentive and we had a wonderful night

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  12. MelvinM

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service. My girlfriend and I went for Valentines Day and it was a great experience.

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  13. BigTeg

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Never a disappointment. It was super busy with the "beat the Valentine's Day crush" folks (like us), but staff handled it with aplomb. So good!

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  14. LauraO

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food at Antica Trattoria is absolutely fabulous! This place is truly one if not my favorite Italian restaurant in San Diego. Service is always great and it's so beautiful inside and out in their patio. Highly recommend to all. Enjoy!

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  15. TamiK

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We’ve been several time and it’s one of our favorites! Food is always fantastic! Service is always great! I had the Veal marsala and asked to substitute risotto instead of mashed potatoes. We noticed on the bill he charged us $12 for risotto. Kind of wish he would’ve told us there was an extra charge and when I made the reservation noted that it was a birthday we asked for spumoni for dessert and he charged us for dessert. Didn’t wanna say anything and make a big deal about it but someone should’ve let the server know that it was a special occasion.

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  16. JudyV

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time and loved it!! Service and meal(s) were fantastic!! Thank you for an enjoyable evening!! See you soon!! Judy Fallico

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  17. TinaD

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good was great as usual. We will be back again. I would recommend it to anyone to try.

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  18. CeilidhM

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great date spot and atmosphere. Roberto was great!

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  19. Jinxie

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved this place! Service was excellent and friendly. Roberto answered our many questions and the food was delicious.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing as well as the service. However it was a little pricey

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  21. SueMc

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, service and atmosphere are always excellent!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Definitely going to schedule another visit, very good food and waitress Extremely good.

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  23. FrankH

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Repeat customer. We love Chef Franco's food. My favorite is the Pappardelle with Italian sausage , meatballs, and braised short ribs.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a 715 reservation for 3 was sat right away. Everyone was very helpful and nice. Food was very good wish apps were a little bigger but taste was on point. 3 people no alcohol 186 after tip for a local spot not bad I would say we have been a few times would definitely go back and recommend you pay for quality so happy overall.

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  25. slimdiego

    San Diego

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time here and it was for my husband's birthday. I can't say enough about how much we enjoyed this neighborhood gem. The service was outstanding; attentive, friendly and efficient. The food was excellent and we will enjoy our leftovers for probably two more meals! The cannoli was the best I've had on the west coast--a must have! So glad we found this place.

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  26. JaniceStewart

    San Diego

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had our monthly get together, 6 of us. We all really enjoyed our food, drinks and company. The service was very good especially for another big party also to serve

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  27. AllysonB

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Antica Trattoria is THE place to see and be seen in East County! The ambiance is perfectly Italian.. not too over done. Even the customers are attractive! It was quite busy I thought for a Tuesday at 5:30PM but I was glad we came early because the restaurant filled up quite quickly and the noise level reflected that. We split the Insalata Venere (greens with pear slices and walnuts). I chose the lasagna as my main entrée and it was luscious… a big enough portion to take home half. My dining companion ordered the cioppino and ate the entire bowl, sopping up the rest of the soup with as much bread as he could eat! Obviously, we loved the food. The wait staff was professional, happy, engaging and knowledgeable. The restaurant was clean, the chairs were comfortable, and they could easily accommodate parties as big as 10 and a small as just the two of us. I would highly recommend Antica Trattoria.

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  28. NicoleK

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated my dad's 80th birthday here. As always, the ambience and food was delightful. Our server was friendly and attentive, and they had so many specials to choose from. Most of all, they helped make my dad's celebration feel special, which is one of many reasons this restaurant has been a favorite of my families for many years.

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  29. LarryO

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was really great. We enjoyed our waitress and food was really good, however, I was sick all night. Could have been one of those things. I had the Butternut Squash Ravioli and my husband, who was fine, had the scallops. Will eventually try again. Not right now though.

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  30. Jake

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If anybody is looking for an amazing Italian experience, then this is definitely the right place. The food and the staff will make you want to go back. This is our spot for many special occasions because we know that we’ll have a wonderful time.

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  31. CindyD

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall outstanding experience! The food was melt in your mouth good!! Highly recommend.

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  32. ChrisA

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service. You can tell that the food is made fresh. Would highly recommend.

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  33. ChrisT

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We have been to the restaurant a lot. But this is the first time we have gone on a Friday evening. It was understandably busy but we booked on OpenTable. This time we felt hurried. After ordering our food they brought my wife her starter before mine which was unusual. The food was excellent. I had the lamb shank. It was really nice. As it has always been. Probably won’t go on a Friday again though. We were in the door given our table ordered food and a bottle of wine also desert and back in the car in an hour!!

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  34. WineLover

    San Diego

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Antica is our go to restaurant for a reliably great meal. The salads, entrees, and wine list are very diverse and always enjoyable.

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  35. RobynB

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The daily special was lobster ravioli and it was amazing! Truly melted in my mouth and was so rich and flavorful. I would order it again in a heartbeat.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great except the carbonara which was just rigatoni and bacon. Please don’t call that carbonara. The server never disclosed a share plate fee ($5) and they also charge a 4% surcharge which is honestly a rip off. I won’t be returning to this place anymore.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Space is a little tight, other than that food and service was amazing! Drinks were also good!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food and quality. I highly recommend the special of two meals for one set price that includes a bottle of wine.

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  39. MarieK

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful experience. The service was superb. Our waitress, Heather was pleasant, attentive and provided great advice on the menu as well as our wine choices and on specialty drinks. I had the Lasagna and it was delicious. The other meal was the Gnocchi. This was also well prepared, hot and very tasty. We had the Burrata as an appetizer and it was very tasty. All portions were plentiful.

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  40. steveb

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great staff and great food. Love their homemade bread, oil and balsamic vinegar to start!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Antica Trattoria using the Order Online button. Antica Trattoria also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Antica Trattoria also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 463-9919.

Antica Trattoria is rated 4.8 stars by 2245 OpenTable diners.

Antica Trattoria does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Antica Trattoria

5654 Lake Murray Blvd, La Mesa, CA 91942

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Baltimore Ave
  • Neighborhood
    La Mesa
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Italian, Wine Bar, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    We are located in a strip mall that has large capacity
  • Public transit
    MTS San Diego 854 and 14
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Francesco Basile
  • Entertainment
    Tenor Rosario Monetti our Opera singing bar keeper enjoys performing for our guest during dinner and is available for private events
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (619) 463-9919
  • Catering
    Antica Trattoria provides a wide range of catering solutions. From simple dishes that can be picked up at our restaurant and served family style to in house banquets for wedding receptions and many other important events. off premise company or family events are also available. we offer preset catering and banquet menu options at www.anticatrattoria.com<br /><br />Chef Francesco Basile can always tailor a menu that fits your budget and specific catering needs.
  • Private party facilities
    Our restaurant is available for private events. depending on the number of guest, time and date of the week a buy-out fee will be included.Over the years we have cater to corporate events, family gatherings and fund raisers.
  • Private party contact
    Francesco Basile: (619) 463-9919
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