This New York-style Veggie Pizza features marinated portobello mushrooms, semi-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, grilled onions, zucchini and provolone at Regents Pizzeria in La Jolla.

On The Menu: Crust styles abound at Regents Pizzeria in La Jolla

Jan 8, 2015, 11:51 a.m.

• ON THE MENU: Locals don’t have to go far to find Chicago- and New York-style pizzas under the same roof. Regents Pizzeria presents the best of both worlds — along with craft beers — in its new, 4,100-square-foot space, just a few blocks from Westfield UTC shopping mall in La Jolla. “Our mission at Regents is rather simple in that it all harkens back to an underlying passion to transcend the traditional dining experience by delivering fresh, quality ingredients ...

The crew behind sugar and scribe includes owner/head chef Maeve Rochford (center).

Pre-opening revamp underway at La Jolla's Sugar and Scribe bakery

Jan 7, 2015, 10:42 a.m.

Before the doors could even open at the planned Sugar and Scribe bakery/eatery, 7660 Fay Ave., (former home of Zenbu Sushi), co-owners Maeve Rochford and Patrick Daniels decided the full-service bakery would benefit from an overhaul. Originally planned for an October 2014 debut, the eatery — a second location for the original Sugar and Scribe in Pacific Beach — will have a soft opening in late February, with a grand opening soon after. “When we got behind the walls and ...

Best Food Photo — Winner: ‘Amalfi Lunch — The Best!’ by Chris Cott for the monthly photo contest

Winners for Best Food Pictures in La Jolla Light's 'Caught On Camera' Photo Contest

Jan 2, 2015, 10:01 a.m.

• Caught On Camera Photo Contest Winners: Chris Cott wins La Jolla Light’s monthly, “Caught On Camera” community photo contest for December 2014 with the theme: Best Food Photo. For his image, “Amalfi Lunch — The Best!” Cott will receive a $100 gift certificate to Bijou French Bistro in La Jolla. Shoutouts must be given to “Costa Rica Crab Burger” by Anthony Morreale and “Olive Shop in Morocco” by Dave Stutz — these gems win a round of applause and ...

Juice Crafters' La Jolla location is located at 935 Silverado St.

Business Spotlight - Juice Crafters in La Jolla suggests: Live well and be well

Jan 2, 2015, 8:58 a.m.

• BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Juice Crafters is a family-owned juice bar that uses raw gourmet, 100-percent natural ingredients to prepare “some of the most amazing freshly pressed juices in the world,” according to its website, “We also serve powerhouse smoothies that will bring vitality to your life and introduce you to a completely new lifestyle that delivers better body performance and well-being.” Its signature powerhouse smoothies provide the nutrients needed to leave you feeling lightweight, even after a workout. Its ...

LEFT: At Cusp Dining & Drinks (located inside Hotel La Jolla), Irish Coffees and Hot Toddies are served during the holidays. RIGHT: Beaumont’s Neighborhood Eatery in the Bird Rock area of La Jolla is offering "The Partridge in a Pear Tree" cocktail with Grey Goose Pear vodka, agave, lemon juice, champagne and a rosemary sprig.

Holiday Sippers: La Jolla pubs serve drinks to welcome winter

Dec 24, 2014, 11:40 a.m.

Shaken or stirred, muddled or mixed, holiday cocktails boasting “spirits of the season” are readily available in La Jolla. Here are a few to whet your whistle. Beaumont’s Eatery in Bird Rock At Beaumont’s, 5662 La Jolla Blvd., bar manager Gavin McManes takes seasonal cocktails seriously. His latest creation, “The Partridge in a Pear Tree,” uses seasonal ingredients and the opportunity to play on words. The cocktail is comprised of Grey Goose Pear vodka, agave and lemon juice, shaken up ...

Beaumont’s Neighborhood Eatery, located in the Bird Rock area of La Jolla, is a popular spot for meeting friends and dining casually. Live music some evenings and weekends adds to its welcoming ambiance.

Bird Rockers love to perch at Beaumont’s Neighborhood Eatery in La Jolla

Dec 17, 2014, 10:35 a.m.

• BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT — Beaumont’s Neighborhood Eatery: When Bird Rock resident Dave Heine saw the need for a local restaurant nine years ago, he decided to add something special to his community. He more than succeeded with Beaumont’s Neighborhood Eatery, a local favorite with the motto: “Eat, Drink, Vibe.” Beaumont’s diverse menu (brimming with ample breakfast, lunch and dinner choices), nightly live music and active bar scene spurs the restaurant to live up to that motto and keeps locals coming ...

The dining room at Osteria Romantica in La Jolla has a homestyle, comfortable feel with large, glass-windowed doors. Walls are adorned with vintage photos, decorative plates, cooking utensils and garden-watering pots.

Osteria Romantica restaurant offers Italian dishes over candle light in La Jolla

Dec 10, 2014, 12:21 p.m.

• BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: The flavors and aromas of the Lake Como and Sorrento regions of Italy are alive and very well at Osteria Romantica Italian Restaurant in La Jolla Shores. Co-owners Fabio Speziali and Antonino Mastellone offer a menu featuring the best cuisine of both regions. “We have both been around food all of our lives, so some of our dishes are inspired by my northern dishes and others by the southern region,” Speziali said. Speziali met Mastellone when he ...

The Marine Room is located on La Jolla Shores beach and offers guests panoramic views of the ocean directly outside the dining room.

The Marine Room creates a culinary destination with special menus for the holidays in La Jolla

Dec 10, 2014, 11:59 a.m.

• BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: At The Marine Room in La Jolla, home to sweeping views and exquisite cuisine for more than 70 years, award-winning Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver have created holiday menus with incredible flavors featuring local and sustainable ingredients with global flare. San Diego foodies can stay local for this culinary destination this holiday season: • December Lunches for 2014: Special holiday hours feature an à la carte lunch menu filled with Marine Room ...

Santo Tomas Roll with yellowtail, cucumber and sprouts wrapped in rice, then garnished with spicy tuna and curls of avocdo

New seafood eatery opens in Bird Rock

Nov 20, 2014, 11:50 a.m.

Seafood lovers rejoice: There’s a way to satisfy cravings for fish tacos AND sushi, in one restaurant. The family-owned Bird Rock Oyster and Sushi Bar opened for business just two months ago, and already it’s finding its niche within the community, developing a loyal customer base. Co-owners Gabriel Uribe and Albert Sandoval have been longtime connoisseurs of this fusion-style cuisine, and were eager to introduce the concept to La Jollans following the success of Uribe’s restaurant, Baja Oyster and Sushi ...

Chef RoseAna Peyron shows her ingredients while preparing a sample plate of her fish dish during the Oct. 13, 2014 “Iron Chef: Knife Fight” event hosted by Harvard Cookin’ Girl cooking school in La Jolla.

La Jolla’s Harvard Cookin’ Girl cooking school hosts Iron Chef-style competition

Oct 29, 2014, 2:58 p.m.

• Click on VIEW GALLERY to see photos from the event. La Jolla’s Harvard Cookin’ Girl cooking school hosted an “Iron Chef: Knife Fight” event Oct. 13, 2014 pitting against each other two chefs hoping to win a spot in the World Food Championships (WFC) in Las Vegas. Participation in WFC is sponsored by Chef's Roll, a networking site for chefs. Mikel Anthony of Ronin Ramen House and RoseAna Peyron of Counterpoint restaurant squared off, each making two dishes — ...

Molcajete Cielo, Mar y Tierra consists of cactus paddles, shrimp, rib eye and ranch-style chorizo draped over the sides of a hot stone mortar.

Josefas Cocina Mexicana opens in La Jolla

Oct 29, 2014, 2:45 p.m.

• ON THE MENU: Juan Carlos Gomez’s family of restaurants has a new addition. Josefas Cocina Mexicana (which joins eateries El Agave (two locations), Iberico Spanish Bistro and Mola Gastro Bar) opened Sept. 16 at 909 Prospect St. “We are excited to be in La Jolla and bring our culinary innovation to this beautiful city,” said Executive Chef Omar Ramirez in a news release. “This new concept is a treat for both us, and those who visit our eclectic kitchen. ...

Sous Chef Izzy Sanchez of Leroy’s Kitchen and Lounge in Coronado; Chef de Cuisine Kelli Crosson of A.R. Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines; and Robert Gleason, president/CEO of Evans Hotels attend the 12th annual Celebrate the Craft food and wine festival, Oct. 12, 2014 at The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla.

PHOTOS: Celebrate the Craft foodie fair finds a following at The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla

Oct 22, 2014, 3:33 p.m.

The Lodge at Torrey Pines hosted its 12th annual Celebrate the Craft food and wine festival Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014 amid the picturesque, coastal backdrop of Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla. The event is one of Southern California’s premier gatherings for showcasing locally grown produce and gourmet cuisine. • Click on VIEW GALLERY to see photos from the event.

Maitre D restaurateur Louis Zalesjak poses with closing-sale items in the dining establishment he has owned and operated in La Jolla for the past 32 years.

Farewell Maitre D! Restaurant sale marks the end of fanciful dining era in La Jolla

Oct 16, 2014, 4:17 p.m.

For most of his 79 years, Slovenia-born Louis Zalesjak has been on the giving side of the hospitality business, attending to the needs of the rich and famous in tony hotels and restaurants around the world. Now, as he eyes retirement in Monte Carlo, “I’m going to be on the other side,” he winked. “I’m going to get!” During last-minute preparations for a liquidation sale Oct. 9-12 at his beloved Maitre D restaurant in La Jolla, Zalesjak paused to reminisce. ...

More than 40 wineries and 150 artists will participate in this year’s la Jolla Art & Wine Festival oct. 11-12 in the village.

Something for Everyone! La Jolla Art & Wine Festival expands, debuts Brew Fest

Oct 2, 2014, 2:23 p.m.

This year’s 6th annual La Jolla Art & Wine Festival (LJAWF) will be bigger, better and beer-ier. In addition to growing by an extra block along Girard Avenue, the Oct. 11-12 festival will have its first night event with the inaugural BraveCort Brew Fest and Masskrugstemmen (beer stein holding contest). “It should be a fun evening that celebrates San Diego’s craft beer scene and introduces a whole new audience to the Art & Wine Festival and shows what La Jolla ...