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OperaCaffe

835 4th Ave, San Diego

Tuscan Cuisine at Operacaffe (38% Off). Two Options Available.

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Highlights

Prosciutto pizza, porcini ravioli in sage-infused butter sauce, and other Tuscan-inspired specialties at a Zagat-rated eatery

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Jen
1 ratings1 reviews
3 days ago
The atmosphere is very comfortable and easy. You can come dressed up or casual. The service is always good even after a long holiday weekend! But most importantly is the food. I have been here multiple times and it never disappoints. The food is delicious, fresh, authentic and some of the best in San Diego!
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Maistop reviewer helpful reviewer
10 ratings9 reviews
3 days ago
Good is amazing, service is great We will go back
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Reneetop reviewer
17 ratings7 reviews
4 days ago
Our favorite place to eat! We come all the way from Carlsbad often to eat here. Customer service is outstanding! We love the food and will continue to make the drive.
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Scott
3 ratings2 reviews
November 22, 2021
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Ellentop reviewer
12 ratings6 reviews
November 21, 2021
Really good food and really good service
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Ron
14 ratings2 reviews
November 18, 2021
Loved the tortellini and limoncello!!! And the service is always amazing here!!
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Vinod
1 ratings1 reviews
November 17, 2021
Very courteous service from the owner’s daughter. Personally handling most guests! Amazing!!
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Janet
5 ratings3 reviews
November 16, 2021
Quick service. Delicious food. Another one of the great hidden gems in downtown San Diego.
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About This Deal

Choose Between Two Options

  • $18.50 for $30 worth of Tuscan cuisine, valid Sunday through Thursday
  • $19.50 for $30 worth of Tuscan cuisine, valid Friday through Saturday
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Prosciutto: A Raw Delicacy, Aged for Years and Eaten for Centuries

Prosciutto, one of Operacaffe’s central ingredients, is a raw delicacy that has been served in Italy for centuries. Sink your teeth into Groupon’s guide to the salt-cured meat.

At first glance, prosciutto seems like a cross between raw bacon and smoked ham, but it’s actually quite different from both. The Italian delicacy is still meat from a pig—the haunch, specifically—but unlike other cured meats, it doesn’t contain nitrates or even need to be cooked. Rather, prosciutto is slowly matured with little more than salt, air, and plenty of patience. The end result is a silky, sweet-tasting ham served thinly sliced and at room temperature, often as the centerpiece of an antipasto or charcuterie plate.

While individual methods vary among producers, prosciutto is created following simple, ancient practices. First, a pig or boar leg arrives fresh from the butcher; different makers may prefer different breeds, ages, and weights. Next, a curer coats the leg with sea salt to draw out moisture, then leaves it to dry in a special curing room. They may also coat the exterior—also referred to as the rind—with lard and grease to prevent the meat from becoming dehydrated. How long the haunches need to be cured depends on the desired taste, but most mature anywhere from one to three years.

The exact origins of prosciutto are unknown, but it’s likely been an edible favorite for millennia—the Roman statesman Cato mentioned a similar delicacy in his writings, and the ancient Celts are believed to have consumed salt-cured pork. Even the name hints at ancient roots: “prosciutto” comes from the Latin word “perexsuctus,” meaning “dried” or “deprived of all liquid,” as when Caesar shouted it from the theater steps when Brutus drank the last of his soda.

Fine Print

Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Merchant is solely responsible for all sales and delivery of alcohol. Not valid on New Year's day. Not valid on Valentine's Day. Not valid on Easter. Not valid on Thanksgiving. Not valid on Christmas Eve. Not valid on Christmas Day. Not valid on New Year's Eve. Limit 3 per person. Limit 1 per visit. Limit 1 per table. Valid only for option purchased. Must provide 21+ ID to receive alcoholic beverages. Not valid with other offers or promotions. Not valid for happy hour specials. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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