Ariccia Italian Market is a small Italian market and cafe located in downtown La Jolla that offers menu items like porchetta sandwiches (which I highly recommend), salads and soups. They also sell other Italian goods such as daily fresh made pasta, sauces, spices, macarons and more.
I’d actually been closely following the progress prior to its opening, but once it did open, I never seemed to have a chance to visit. I’m so glad I finally did and I only wish it hadn’t taken me so long.
Once inside the market, I did feel like I was in Italy. Behind the glass display, there was their signature porchetta, other cuts of meat, fresh made pastas, and macarons from a local bakery.
There were also shelves with jams, spices, Nutella from Italy.
I made friends with this adorable dog who was obviously a regular. While her owner spoke on the phone, she went around trying to get pats and rubs from customers waiting in line. I was happy to oblige and quite sad when I had to leave her.
I had heard great reviews about Ariccia’s porchetta sandwich and it did not disappoint. The ciabatta bread was warm and had a perfect crusty crunchy exterior. The inside was stuffed with a generous serving of thinly sliced house made porchetta. On top of the pork was a thin layer of baslamic onion marmalade and it was finished with arugula. I was worried the sweet marmalade might detract from the porchetta, but it was just the right amount. I loved every bite of this sandwich and my biggest regret is that I had to share with Mr. K as we only ordered one. We’ll definitely be back for more.
We also picked up a half pound of their thick spaghetti and macarons for later.
At about $2 a piece, I thought the macarons were a tad on the pricey side but they had very intense flavors which I love.
Mr. K really loved this chandelier, made of little glass jars.
The owners and staff were super friendly. I absolutely loved my initial visit and am happy to see this place doing well. I can’t wait for another visit.
7441 A GIRARD AVE
LA JOLLA, CA 92037