Three Years of Authenticity, Family Recipes, and Hillcrest Pizza Delight

In the heart of Hillcrest, San Diego, Tavola Nostra Pizzeria E Cucina is more than just an Italian Restaurant — it’s a celebration of family recipes, Silicon heritage, and a dream realized by owner Jeff Oliveri. Recently featured in the San Diego Union Tribune on our three-year anniversary, Tavola Nostra is not just an Italian eatery but a testament to the dedication and passion of our founder. Continue reading to learn more about how his dream of owning a restaurant came true and to learn more about our signature dish, Pinsa Romana, a renowned Hillcrest pizza.

Pinsa Romana - Hillcrest Pizza

A Dream Come True

For our founder, Jeff Oliveri, Tavola Nostra has been a lifelong dream. Leaving behind a successful 25-year corporate career, he set out to bring the flavors and heritage of his Silican roots to San Diego.

Pinsa Romana: Your Favorite Hillcrest Pizza

At the heart of Tavola Nostra’s success lies our commitment to authenticity, showcased through our signature dish — Pinsa Romana. This ancient style Roman pizza, is a 12 inch oval shape pizza made with a blend of three flours that are imported from Italy.
What sets Tavola Nostra’s Pinsa Romana apart is the dedication to a slow fermentation process. With 80% hydration, low yeast, and an impressive 48-96 hours of fermentation, each Pinsa Romana achieves the perfect balance of flavors and textures. The result is an airy and crispy crust that pays homage to the ancient Roman tradition.

Tasty, Healthy and Vegan

If you’re craving a tasty Hillcrest pizza, our Pinsa Romana is the ideal option. Not only is it flavorful, but it also adheres to a health-conscious approach. With no animal fats and made with non-GMO ingredients, its a tasty and perfect choice you cannot go wrong with.

Community Support and Consistency

Celebrating three years since our establishment in 2020, Tavola Nostra has truly become a cherished member of the Hillcrest community. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone for their unwavering support and warm welcome from the very beginning. It has been our pleasure to serve you, and we look forward to continuing to provide the Hillcrest community with high-quality, flavorful delights, such as our renowned Hillcrest Pizza – Pinsa Romana. Thank you for being a part of our journey!


If you’re interested in experiencing the flavors of Sicily and the delight of Hillcrest Pizza, Tavola Nostra invites you to visit us. To view our full menu click here.
Thank you San Diego Union Tribune and writer Roxana Becerril for the feature.
📍Tavola Nostra Pizzeria E Cucina
1040 University Ave, B101
San Diego, CA 92103
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday & Thursday: 12:30-9pm
Friday & Saturday: 12:30-10pm
Sunday: 12:30-9pm

Contact Info

Tavola Nostra Pizzeria E Cucina
1040 University Ave. B101
San Diego, CA 92103



Monday: Closed
Tuesday & Wednesday: 4pm-9pm
Thursday: 12pm-9pm
Friday – Saturday: 12pm-10pm
Sunday: 12pm-9pm