The night before we were to attend a wedding in Encinitas, California, a group of us were to meet for dinner. Ramon did the research and suggested Maurizio's.
The place was bustling and Maurizio was very busy mingling with the customers. Our server was enthusiastic, on the ball and informatively answered all our questions. There were 2 pasta dishes that stood out among all. The Tagliatelle alla Bolognese with Boar Ragu and the Pappardelle con Funghi Porcini e Capesante; assorted mushrooms with pan-seared jumbo scallops with white truffle and brandy cream sauce. I was happy that my brother Gary was willing to split both entreés with me. Ben and Ramon had the Bolognese and Elena had the Spaghetti alle Vongole; Manila clams sauteéd in olive oil, garlic, and parsley. In my excitement to eat my pasta, I forgot to take a picture of the Spaghetti. Delin asked if she could have the Funghi Porcini with spaghetti instead of pappardelle which was not a problem.
Everything was perfect. The pasta was aldente, scallops were tender and we were all happy with our choices. There were no regrets.
We decided to share 2 desserts. The Tiramisu and the Crème Brȗlée. I asked our server if they could burn the top of the Crème Brȗlée which they did though I could have had it a bit more burnt. The Tiramisu was good but the Crème Brȗlée took the cake. We all loved it!
Maurizio Trattoria Italiana is a little gem which we were glad to discover. The next time you are in Encinitas, try and stop by and say hello to Maurizio. They are located at 505 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, California.