Over the weekend, Michael & I decided to explore Hillcrest in San Diego; Cucina Urbana was the first on the list. We had a candlelit dinner [ hence the dark, romantic lighting ], which began with a light beer [ that cured my hangover from Saturday night ], & then led in to a savory bottle of 2480 red wine [ hey- it was Sunday ]. Our appetizer was the brussels sprouts with olive oil- instead of butter, a split farmer’s chopped salad with light dressing & lastly, the gluten free pasta with fresh tomato sauce which I ate half of [ a must: modify restaurant meals, subtract what’s unnecessary!!! ]. Bonus: the alluring ambiance & our waiter, Kevin.