The food was awesome! Dishes were authentic and the service was great. My new favorite Italian restaurant




Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor rates Carmela's #1 out of 206 restaurants in San Marcos!!

This was my second visit to this restaurant and I was extremely impressed just as I was with my first visit.





San Marcos Economic Development Corporation, 2009 "EDE" Award. Economic Development Excellence, Restaurant Service Excellence.


AOL City Guide

Carmela Cucina Italiana

-- City's Best--

"The most acclaimed Italian Restaurant you may have never heard of."

Rated Top 10 Italian Restaurant in San Diego.


San Marcos Paper ~ Bill Willoughby

Carmelas is unfolding as day by day word of mouth advertising brings visitors to its door.


Union Tribune ~ Pat Stein

"Cooking has always been my passion" Lakovic said. Many recipes were handed down from Carmela Di Ventura's grandmother, who started the family restaurant business with Mama Ventura's on the east coast.


Union Tribune ~ Maria Riley

Whether it's for a romantic dinner for two or a get together with friends  Carmela Cucina Italiana in San Marcos offers the perfect atmosphere for a wonderful dining experience.


Shade of ShadowRidge ~ Pam Kragen

Carmela's has a warm inviting atmosphere, great service and wonderful food.


Penny Saver ~ David Nelson

"Since the reader who suggested the place did not merely recommend it, but praised it to the skies and then some, I thanked him for sending me there".


Union Tribune ~ K.T. Flynn

"Step into a warm setting where owners Zoro and Carmela Lakovic personally prepare your meal from a menu that also pays tribute to the Abruzzo region of Italy".


San Diego Business Journal  ~ Jack White

"One of my favorite restaurants". Here you will receive quality food, prepared with tender loving care, at family prices in a warm and friendly atmosphere.


ABC  Channel Ten

In Recent years, Carmela Cucina Italiana has been rated one of the Top Ten restaurants in San Diego County by Channel 10.

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Carmela Cucina Italiana      823 Grand Avenue      San Marcos      California      92069     760-471-2131