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Primavera Ristorante Happy Hour Hits The Spot

by Alessandra Selgi-Harrigan | Posted: Monday, March 11, 2019 5:05 pm

Primavera Ristorante has always been my favorite restaurant. I have often had dinner there over the years but I had never tried the Happy Hour menu until recently.

On a Monday night my husband Dan and I went to Primavera for Happy Hour. We were surprised to find customers waiting by the door before the restaurant even opened. By the time we got a table, the bar area was full with about 10 people sitting at the bar and two couples sitting at tables next to ours. As we looked around we noticed locals as well as out of town people. There was happy chatter in the background and it sounded like everyone was having a good time.

The friendly and helpful waiter Manny brought us the menu and I have to say it was hard to chose a few dishes since they all sounded very appetizing. There are seven appetizers on the menu from Calamari Fritti to Scampi all Griglia. We decided to order four appetizers and share them. While we waited the waiter brought us fresh warm bread with butter. The first dish that arrived was Cozze e Vongole, steamed clams, mussels, garlic, herbs and white wine. Since I don’t eat shellfish Dan enjoyed the entire dish by himself.

Crostini Florentina came next. The crostini were toasted and topped with goat cheese, filet mignon medallions and grilled mushroom caps and placed under a bed of spinach. That was a choice I definitely recommend. I enjoyed the contrast of goat cheese with the filet mignon. This dish is filling and if shared between two people you can have two crostini.

The Eggplant Melanzane were yet another appetizer we ordered. The eggplants are grilled then filled with ricotta and surrounded by tomato sauce. Really what’s not to like about this dish? The ricotta was very creamy and we used some of the bread to eat the leftover sauce. The last dish was Scampi all Griglia which are pancetta wrapped jumbo shrimp, white wine, lemon and paprika reduction sauce. 

A daily flat bread is also on the menu as well as Gnocchi e Formaggio, potato gnocchi with three cheeses and crispy pancetta topping. For just a few moments we considered ordering that dish, too, but we refrained. We felt full by sharing those appetizers above. Prices range for appetizers range from $ 10 to $16.

While we ate, we noticed some people come in and then sat outside at one of the outdoor tables. The couples sitting next to us were happily chatting and we started a conversation with them. We found out that one couple comes from Webster, New York and the other from Green Bay, Wisconsin. They met in Coronado some years ago and they come back every year and stay in town for a few months. They often go to Primavera for Martini Mondays.

“Our dinner is a Happy Hour somewhere in Coronado,” said Jack Salentines who had Calamari Fritti. His friend Jim Clements had Cozze e Vongole instead, while their wives had Pane Piatto (flat bread.)

Almost everyday of the week Primavera offers a special starting with Martini Monday where diners can enjoy that drink for only $5; Tapa Tuesday followed by Wine Wednesday and Date Night Thursday.

Although desserts are not on the Happy Hour menu we decided to order a light dessert. We chose Limoncello Mousse which was absolutely refreshing and delicious served in a martini glass. The mousse was topped by a custard like texture. Just a few spoonfuls provided the right amount of sweetness after a meal.

The Happy Hour Cocktail Menu includes drinks like Name Your Mule…, Paradise Mojito and Primarita. Prices range from $11 to $12 and during Happy Hour drinks are $3 off. There is also a Specialty Martini Menu which includes Italian Lemon Drop, Lavender Kiss and 932 Orange Avenue. Wines by the glass range from $10 to $14. Chose from a number of whites, reds and sparkling/rose.

Cristos and Jeanette Stavros opened Primavera Ristorante on July 4, 1989. With the passing of Cristos, his daughter Denise has taken over the reins of this fine Italian cuisine restaurant. Primavera was the first fine dining restaurant to open on Orange Avenue in the former location of a cocktail lounge called Secret Harbor.

Primavera Ristorante, 932 Orange Avenue. Call 619-435-0454. Happy Hour: Monday through Friday 5 to 7 p.m.

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