Point Loma-OB Happenings: ‘Cabrillo for the Stars,’ new restaurants, OB winery wins, more

Adam Riffe with daughter Tiffany and son Zachary check out a map at Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma.
(Milan Kovacevic)

Virtual ‘Cabrillo for the Stars’ event set for May 22

Cabrillo National Monument offers sweeping views of the San Diego skyline.
Cabrillo National Monument offers sweeping views of the San Diego skyline.
(Nelvin C. Cepeda / The San Diego Union-Tribune)

In the past, the Cabrillo National Monument Foundation has presented an event called “Cabrillo Under the Stars” at the park at the southern tip of the Point Loma Peninsula, featuring food and beverage stations and music overlooking the San Diego skyline.

This year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the group has pivoted to an online experience, “Cabrillo for the Stars,” scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, May 22. The event will provide entertainment, stories of the park’s programs and volunteers, and a silent auction that kicks off May 15 and ends May 23.

There also will be a virtual takeout menu for guests to call and order food from local restaurants.

To register for the free event, go to

Cesarina team plans Angelo, a new pizzeria, mozzarella factory and cake bakery in Point Loma

Niccolò Angius (left), Cesarina Mezzoni and Giuseppe Capasso outside their Angelo building in Point Loma.
Cesarina Ristorante owners Niccolò Angius (left), Cesarina Mezzoni and Giuseppe Capasso stand outside the Point Loma building that will become their next venture, Angelo.
(Pam Kragen / The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Fans of the 2-year-old Cesarina Ristorante in Point Loma won’t have to go far to see what’s next for its owners, husband-and-wife Niccolò Angius and Cesarina Mezzoni and their business partner, Giuseppe Capasso.

They’ve leased a 3,000-square-foot former furniture repair shop directly across the street at 4160 Voltaire St. for Angelo, a pizzeria, mozzarella factory, cake bakery and catering business that will open early next year.

Angelo also will have a full-service bar and cocktail program and seat 95 to 100 guests at the restaurant, including at several tables on a front patio. Diners will be able to sit around a glass-walled “caseificio,” a cheese factory where mozzarella and burrata will be made for the restaurant’s signature item, Neapolitan-style pizza. — The San Diego Union-Tribune

Ocean Beach winery wins big at major U.S. competition

It may not seem likely that a small boutique winery from Ocean Beach could compete with big establishments from Napa and Sonoma counties, and even less likely that it could win at the world’s largest wine competition featuring only North American wines.

But that’s what happened in March at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition when Gianni Buonomo Vintners was awarded Best of Class-Double Gold for its 2016 Charbono Reserve and took a double gold medal for its 2017 petite sirah and a gold medal for its Bordeaux-style blend called Maestrale.

More than 60 experts from around the country judged more than 7,000 commercial wines at the annual event in a format in which the judges were given unmarked glasses of wine to evaluate.

Filipino restaurant is open in Ocean Beach

Starfish, a restaurant serving modern Filipino cuisine, opened March 3 in Ocean Beach.

Specials change weekly, but its menu includes lumpia appetizers and bowls, adobo chicken, pancit bihon (stir-fried rice stick noodles), pan-seared seafood, sinangag (garlic-fried rice) and vegetable and rice bowls.

Starfish is at 1830 Sunset Cliffs Blvd. For more information, visit — The San Diego Union-Tribune

Nothing Bundt Cakes opens in Midway District

A new location of Nothing Bundt Cakes opened recently at 3225 Sports Arena Blvd. in the Midway District.

The bakery will celebrate its grand opening with three events:

• Essential Worker Appreciation Day on Thursday, April 22, will offer 10 percent off cake purchases for first responders, military personnel and medical professionals.

• Surfrider Foundation Benefit Day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, April 23, will donate 20 percent of sales to the San Diego chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.

• Veterans Village of San Diego Benefit Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 24, will donate 20 percent of sales to the veterans service organization.

11 elected to Peninsula Community Planning Board

The Peninsula Community Planning Board announced the results of its 2021 election on March 20.

“We had an historically large turnout, with 644 ballots received and 3,625 eligible votes cast,” David Dick, PCPB first vice chairman and 2021 election subcommittee chairman, said in an email.

Fred Kosmo, Joe Holasek, Robert Tripp Jackson, Matt Schalles and Sam Laub were elected to three-year terms; Paul Webb, Angela Vedder, Nicole Burgess, Mandy Havlik and Don Sevrens were elected to two-year terms; and Tina-Marie Compton was elected to a one-year term.

The Peninsula Community Planning Board is a community residents organization that advises the city of San Diego on land-use issues and development proposals.

— Compiled by Point Loma-OB Monthly staff


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