Point Loma-OB Happenings: New restaurant from Cesarina team; drone show; trash cleanup; more

Niccolò Angius, Cesarina Mezzoni and Giuseppe Capasso plan to open Elvira restaurant in Ocean Beach.
(H2 Public Relations)

Cesarina team to open new Italian restaurant in Ocean Beach

The trio behind Point Loma’s Cesarina restaurant plans to open Elvira, an authentic Roman osteria and pizzeria, by late summer at the former site of Bo-Beau Kitchen + Bar at 4996 W. Point Loma Blvd. in Ocean Beach.

The concept is the latest project for the Cesarina Group, a partnership of Italian husband-and-wife Niccolò Angius and Cesarina Mezzoni and longtime friend Giuseppe Capasso.

The venue for Elvira — named after Angius’ great-grandmother — was built in the 1930s and also was once home to a bait and tackle shop and Thee Bungalow restaurant. Cesarina Group partnered with Italian architecture and interior design firm Limes Architetti to renovate the 2,400-square-foot space.

Mezzoni, the executive chef, promises an “ode to cucina Romana,” focusing on wood-fired Roman-style pizzas, with handmade pastas and old-school Roman entrées alternating seasonally.

Cocktails will include classic Italian spirits such as grappa and amaro, with wines from the Lazio region.

Ocean Beach organizers hope to fly another July 4 drone show

Ocean Beach gets its name in lights during the community's first Fourth of July drone show.
(Provided by Susan Winkie)

With Ocean Beach’s first Fourth of July drone show in the books, organizers hope to repeat it next year.

“Now that the community is so excited, we want to build momentum (and funding) for next year,” said Susan Winkie, a steering committee member for Luminosity, a nonprofit organization in Ocean Beach that was created to find an alternative to OB’s previous Fourth of July fireworks shows at the Ocean Beach Pier.

The 2023 drone show featured some 300 synchronized lighted drones taking off from Ocean Beach Elementary School and forming various images with local and Independence Day themes.

Mike James, founder of Luminosity, which includes local experts in art, marketing, festival lighting and fundraising, began contemplating a re-imagining of Ocean Beach’s Fourth of July fireworks display in 2019 when it became evident that fireworks were “no longer able to be staged off the Ocean Beach Pier due to structural issues, coupled with environmental concerns and the negative effects fireworks have on pets, wildlife and individuals who have PTSD,” he said earlier this year. “We believe the Luminosity event will set a standard for communities looking to move away from fireworks.”

Volunteers remove over 2,000 pounds of trash from OB beaches after July Fourth

Volunteers removed 2,054 pounds of trash from two beaches in Ocean Beach on July 5 as part of Surfrider Foundation San Diego’s annual post-Fourth of July “Morning After” cleanups.

A total of 347 volunteers picked up 2,832 pounds of trash — largely plastics — from several popular San Diego County beaches to prevent it from washing into the sea.

Surfrider volunteers hosted the cleanup at the Ocean Beach Pier, where 129 pounds of trash were removed, and the San Diego River Park Foundation hosted the event at OB’s Dog Beach, where 1,925 pounds were picked up.

Other cleanups were in Oceanside, Mission Beach, Fiesta Island, Pacific Beach and Imperial Beach.

“Many of our volunteers remarked that the beaches seemed cleaner than in previous years, which is a great sign that we are headed in the right direction together,” Alex Ferron, manager of the Surfrider Foundation’s San Diego chapter, said in a statement. “Despite that, we can’t lose sight of the fact that even one piece of trash on the beach is too many.”

California Wild Ales comes to Midway

After operating out of Sorrento Valley for eight years, California Wild Ales — known for its barrel-aged sour beers — has relocated to a building in the Midway District that it shares with Five Star Fish Processing, where it has installed new foeders (large wood aging receptacles) and will debut a public tasting room.

The location at 3826 Sherman St. is expected to open in July.

California Wild Ales also has a tasting room in Ocean Beach at 4896 Newport Ave.

Learn more at — The San Diego Union-Tribune and Point Loma-OB Monthly

Summer exhibit displays works by Liberty Station artists

Works by artists at the Arts District at Liberty Station are on display through September in the lobby of the Dick Laub NTC Command Center.

The summer-themed exhibit features paintings, photographs and other media. The show is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The Command Center is at 2640 Historic Decatur Road, Point Loma.

Additional exhibits include Joe Pisano’s “The Art of Immortalizing Heroes,” Joe Frangiosa Jr.’s Nautical History Gallery & Museum and art by Lisa E in the conference room off the lobby.

Joe Frangiosa Jr. runs the Nautical History Gallery & Museum, and Joe Pisani is exhibiting his ‘The Art of Immortalizing Heroes’ panels.

April 13, 2023

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— Compiled by Point Loma-OB Monthly staff


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