Chic Contemporary Bistro and Wine Bar Lands in La Jolla

Candor Menus by EaterSD on Scribd A charming new eatery opens Wednesday, July 10 in La Jolla; it marks a homecoming for Giuseppe Ciuffa, the maestro behind Giuseppe Restaurants & Fine Catering who opened Come On In! Cafe in the Torrey Pines Road complex that now houses Himitsu and Rimel’s Rotisserie back in 1998. After departing to build his thriving catering business, which operates a showroom in downtown La Jolla and Caroline’s Seaside Cafe at the Scripps Seaside Forum, Ciuffa recently returned to the original Come On In!, remodeling the space with Ocio Design Group into Candor, a stylishly casual restaurant that is a reflection of the chef’s Italian roots and his 25 years of cooking in San Diego.
Raised on a farm outside of Rome, Italy, Ciuffa has a great appreciation for seasonal ingredients. His menus will change frequently, often influenced by the La Jolla’s Sunday farmers market. Debut dishes include hot and crispy tomato bread with roasted garlic and cold pressed olive oil, stone fruit salad with marcona almonds, goat cheese, and rose vinaigrette, vegetarian tagliatelle with squash, cauliflower, corn, asparagus, parmesan, pea tendrils, and green garlic pesto, and a fisherman stew in a saffron tomato broth.
Candor brings European-inspired dishes to the village

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Spicy shrimp bucatini
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Vegetarian tagliatelle with green garlic pesto
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Whole seabass with red pepper tapenade and salsa verde
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Prime hanger steak and frites
Open every day for lunch and dinner, the 1,200-square-foot restaurant has 55-seats across a patio, dining room, and wine bar that looks into an open kitchen. Candor’s daily happy hour spotlights a half-pound Brandt beef burger and a beer for and specials on wine and other bites while the weekend brunch features favorites from the menu at Caroline’s, including Ciuffa’s signature cornmeal pancakes and tuna melt. The wine list, created by sommelier Sandro Mezzetti, includes over 50 bottle selections and a large array of wine by the glass; future wine dinners will be hosted on the communal patio. As a convenience to the community, the restaurant will also accept orders through its website, offering curbside pick-up as well as meal delivery.
Updated: July 9, 2019 — 3:22 pm

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