Try the fried calamari or the saffron rice balls filled with ground beef, peas and mozzarella cheese to start out your meal at Rovino. Choose from dinner entrées like the prosciutto and arugula flatbread or the pasta al sugo. Top off your Italian experience with a cup of specialty coffee and a dessert such as the tiramisu or the cannoli.
Pollo + Prosciutto Tortellini
Chicken stuffed tortellini, pesto cream, crispy prosciutto, Romano cheese, tomatoes, lemon zest
Saffron rice balls filled with beef ragu, peas, mozzarella cheese, hand rolled in bread crumbs
Out with the fam.
Food was excellent. Christian was our waiter and was on point. Highly recommend this restaurant. We can't wait to go back.
Amazing food and service! We will definitely head back soon.
Came here on vacation with my wife, the door, wine and restaurant were all excellent. Would recommend and return.
Food was absolutely fabulous, beautiful presentation and flavors
We were in San Diego for a long weekend & I forgot to make dinner reservations for Little Italy. Since it was Saturday afternoon I was sure we were out of luck and then RoVino popped up in my search. This little gem is amazing! From the moment we arrived until the time we left, we had the best service! The food is phenomenal- we split the Caesar Salad, hubby had the Lasagne & I had the Pasta Alfredo with added grilled chicken. My husband is not a big lover of Italian food, other that pizza, and he told the manager “we will be back”. Hubby continued to talk about his dinner for the rest of the evening, was in awe of how the lasagne just melted in his mouth. Thank you to the staff of RoVino, we will be back!
The food was absolutely delicious and the restaurant itself is a bit small but very intimate. I was recommended to come here by a Sicilian patient I cared for during COVID and it was by far the best pasta I’ve had in little Italy. I’ll definitely be returning.
Love this place. Off night
Food was not good very flavorless except for the lasagna with your friend ordered. Most of the appetizers were sold out and left a lot to be desired
The food was great, and our server Chris was very attentive. Other then having a hard time locating parking had a good time highly recommended.
Loved the atmosphere and the waitstaff. Food was excellent.
We were seated right next to the “greeter’s barrel” so my face was always looking at her behind. The wine & bruschetta were very good but the lasagna & the scampi lacked flavor. The scampi needed more garlic & the lasagna needed more seasonings.
Unfortunately we went for lasagna and it was a Friday nite and although on the menu they said they were out. So order two appetizer and wine. We are not heavy pasta eaters. Loved fried italian the rice balls
It was a good meal. Server was very attentive and service was excellent.
Wednesday night and waited 20 minutes past our reservation time to be seated. Two items on the menu we wanted to order, were not available, the grilled octopus appetizer and the chicken and rib eye steak skewers. In addition they were out of bread. We placed our order and waited about 45 minutes for our food. The salad I ordered was missing the artichoke it was supposed to have. I didn’t mention it because I’m sure they were going to say they were out of artichoke. We were charged for the appetizer we didn’t receive. It was removed, the server was very apologetic for the whole experience. Felt bad for him as he was the one that had to deliver the bad news each time, which he had no control over.
The service was fine but the food was really subpar. We waited over an hour for food after we ordered and it was not good. Pasta was bland and lamb was very over cooked.
The Rovino staff saved the evening from potential disaster. Special shout out to Dominique and Andre !! Excellent service saves the day.
Starters this time around was C+ (brussel sprouts and salads were not as good as usual). The Pasta and Chicken were excellent.
When the waiter came and took our initial order, he told us we had to put our appetizers and our entrees in at the same time or the food would come out slowly. This was fine - we ordered caprese salad and roasted artichokes for apps, and then two pasta dishes for entrees.
We waited for a full hour at our table and the waiter never came back, nor were entrees brought out. I mean we got a caprese salad, it should have been ready in 15 minutes tops. The people seated next to us who showed up 20 minutes after we did, received their appetizers and entrees and were well seated on.
No one ever came back to check on us. We left the restaurant extremely annoyed and disappointed.
It was our second time at Rovino, the first just before the pandemic. We were happy to return and had an excellent meal. Well prepared, generous portions and friendly service. Musical entertainment was also very enjoyable and not too loud or intrusive. We would defiantly return again to Rovino when we’re next in San Diego.
Amazing server- they were very knowledgeable about gluten free. This place has so many gluten free options.. Delicious food!!
Good service, meals were well enjoyed. Excellent beet salad, salmon, scampi— at reasonable prices. Good wine selection. Can’t wait to return.
I think By far the best Italian Restaurant in Little Italy. No doubt. I have tried almost all of them and this place is very impressive with the authenticity. I have been in Italy and I can tell this place took me back in the time. Moreover, I really enjoyed the risotto with asparagus and mushrooms. (Hard to tell the original name)It was very rich and savory. I enjoyed the every bites I had. I also recommend roasted artichokes too. Lastly, the service was outstanding. I only wish their outdoor seating could be better because during your dining people are passing through near tables so better to seat inside or on the deck.
Went for the Wednesday evening music, and it was excellent. Love the indoor outdoor field. Would absolutely return. Had a delicious Sicilian wine, very well priced. Want to go back for wine night
Great food. Great menu selection.
Service was great but food is okay. Nothing too special. The ambience is great and the decor. It’s a small space.
Great food! We also forgot our CC and they mailed it to us!
We did family style. Our waiter recommended the best dishes for us. They had live music. It was absolutely a great experience.
Great charcuterie board! Tight quarters like all of little italy
Wonderful all around! Food was delicious and service was spot on! Highly recommend!!
The entrees took too long to come back and other then that it was amazing service
The BEST food. I repeat the BEST food. Every dish we’ve tried is better then the last and the service is awesome. Highly recommend Rovino for date night, girls night, family night, actually ANY night.
We enjoy our weekly Wednesday night dinners at RoVino and will continue to go. We love the food and the owner and the servers and all the staff. It's a great place to go. We have taken family and friends and will continue to do so and to recommend it to others.
We love this place. Friday was very crowded. Seems they added more tables so more noise & slower getting our dinner.
Rovino never fails! They have excellent service, excellent food and a fun vibe! We always find a great bottle of wine at a reasonable price! I highly recommend this perfect little gem!
Delicious food, great service!
The food is average or below average. The pricing is way high for what you get. The waiter was uneducated about the menu and had to keep going back to ask questions. There is no restroom in the restaurant and you have to walk down the sidewalk pass other restaurants into an alley to use the bathroom. That’s why they sent me and when I got there I realized it was a code for the door and they didn’t bother to give me the code so I had to walk back to get it. I would not recommend this restaurant
The food was good. Little $$. Wine selection great, apps great, pasta great, mushroom soup special bad. Our server Dominique was awesome.
We really enjoyed our dinner at RoVino. Anthony was so thoughtful and welcoming!
He even took a couple photos of our birthday celebration (5 of us). Thank you! Great wine list and a very nice menu which included a wonderful fresh fish of the day. The entire staff were attentive and on their game the entire evening. The lovely manager came by to check on us to make sure we were each happy with our menu choices. Also parking was easy...across the street there is a valet service which worked out nicely. We were glad the restaurant had told us about the valet prior to us coming. Thank you RoVino for a fun and delicious night out!
The food was delicious. I had the octopus starter and it was wonderfully tender with a nice romesco sauce. The outdoor ambiance they have created with their lovely table settings added to the experience
Rovino offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 269-9341.
Rovino is rated 4.5 stars by 621 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.