Located in the middle of Lemon Grove’s charming downtown area, Giardino is a welcoming and casual Italian inspired cucina where the neighborhood gathers for fresh and flavorful classic dishes found throughout Italy, created by Chef Marco Provino.


Executive Chef Marco Provino presents an Italian-inspired menu of seasonally-driven dishes that bring on nostalgia. Reflecting Provino’s passion for, and commitment to, products of the highest quality, Giardino’s menu consists of flavorful dishes using timeless Italian techniques and fresh ingredients. With experience working in many types of restaurants, Provino is ready open an eatery that pays homage to his Italian roots; where a sense of community and warm service goes hand-in-hand with great food at modest prices.

Guests will find items such as fresh seafood, pastas, wood-fired pizzas and salads, as well as a variety of elements made fresh in-house, such as pizza dough, pasta, sauces, and desserts. Provino’s dishes will stay true to tradition, while offering a contemporary hand.



(619) 825-7112



8131 Broadway, Lemon Grove



Weekend Brunch            Sat 11am-4pm / Sun 9am-4pm

Lunch 11am–4pm
Dinner 4pm–9pm

Happy Hour Mon-Fri 2-5pm in the lounge and bar only


Private Events & Catering

Whether you are throwing a dinner party, bridal or baby shower or office event, we can provide your guests with a tasteful meal no matter the occasion. We can even cater your next event!

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Taste of Italy at Giardino

"Giardino Neighborhood Cucina is a true family-owned and operated restaurant in Lemon Grove. Not only do owners Marco Provino and wife Karina Kravalis work in the restaurant, but they also live in the neighborhood." - READ MORE

San Diego Food Finds

Hidden Gem

"Off the beaten culinary path in Lemon Grove, Giardino Neighborhood Cucina by owners Marco Provino and Karina Kravalis is a delightful dining surprise." - READ MORE

WHERE Magazine

East County Eats

East County Eats Does Giardino

"This week on East County Eats we are heading to the newest Italian restaurant to open in Lemon Grove-the adorable Giardino Neighborhood Cocina! If you’re in the area, you’ve got to check this place out-it would be a missed steak if you didn’t." - READ MORE

10 Hot Plates

"Lemon Grove’s latest is Giardino Neighborhood Cucina, an Italian spot with happy hour, and a menu of pizza, pasta, and meat entrées." - READ MORE

San Diego Magazine

Meet Karina Kravalis and Marco Provino of Giardino

"Husband and wife duo, Karina and Marco, come from extensive hospitality backgrounds. Between the two, they’ve worked in nearly every facet of the restaurant industry." - READ MORE


Giardino Neighborhood Cucina: A taste of Italy in East County

"Giardino — garden in Italian — is a labor of love for Kravalis and Provino, who both worked in the Gaslamp Quarter before embarking on their own." - READ MORE

Union Tribune

Lemon Grove’s Giardino Neighborhood Cucina, a taste of Sicilian fine dining

"For a small restaurant, Giardino’s menu is extensive with many Italian favorites along with some wonderful surprises not found in most Italian eateries."  - READ MORE

East County Californian

Lemon Grove Goes Upscale

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San Diego Reader

San Diego Magazine

Giardino is a Hidden Gem...

And now Lemon Grove has one hell of a hidden gem in Giardino Neighborhood Cucina. READ MORE

Giardino: A Delicious Addition to Lemon Grove

"Don’t let the modest exterior fool you – inside, a delightful experience awaits you with top-notch cuisine and excellent service." - READ MORE

East County Magazine

San Diego Food Finds

Coming soon to Lemon Grove

"With a fast approaching debut next month, the neighborhood eatery, Giardino, has finalized its menu and looks forward to opening its doors to the Lemon Grove community." - READ MORE


Giardino Neighborhood Cucina to open its doors in Lemon Grove soon

"Say hello to San Diego County’s newest Italian restaurant — Giardino Neighborhood Cucina soon to be open in Lemon Grove!" - READ MORE


17 Most Anticipated San Diego Fall Restaurant Openings

"Lemon Grove’s incoming Italian concept comes courtesy of husband-and-wife hospitality veterans Marco Provino and Karina Kravalis...." READ MORE

San Diego Union Tribune

New Restaurants to Try in San Diego

"Provino, who was born in Sicily and worked most recently at Osteria Panevino in the Gaslamp Quarter, is creating a menu of wood-fired pizzas, local seafood, house-made pastas and Italian-cured meats and cheeses..." READ MORE

Eater San Diego

East County’s Italian Options Set to Grow This Fall

"A new Italian restaurant is coming to Lemon Grove this September. Giardino Neighborhood Cucina is the first solo restaurant from a couple who are veterans of the industry..." READ MORE

San Diego Food Finds

Giardino Neighborhood Cucina Coming Soon

"The design of Giardino, which means garden in Italian, will boast beautiful, yet modest, indoor and outdoor spaces to gather with friends and family..." READ MORE

San Diego Union Tribune

Coming Soon!

"Giardino Neighborhood Cucina will open its doors in Lemon Grove this fall. Led by executive chef Marco Provino, the Italian-inspired and seasonally driven cuisine includes wood-fired pizzas, seafood dishes, house pastas and sauces, and Italian cured meats and cheeses..." READ MORE