On May 5, 2010 Melissa opened, Tommy V’s Urban Kitchen , in Carlsbad, California. Although the restaurant industry is especially hard for a single, mother of two, Melissa would not change it for anything. “This business is tough, but the benefits are invaluable. Everyday I get to invite people into my “home” and share with them the beauty of Italy, and the magic food can bring to their lives. My customers become my family, and putting a smile on their faces is the most worthy of rewards”.
At Tommy V’s Urban Kitchen we offer an eclectic menu showcasing Californian, New American, and Contemporary Italian dishes. From Stone Fired Gourmet Pizzas, hand crafted burgers, house made pastas, to tantalizing seafood , we have something for everyone.
Growing up in an Italian household, Melissa Maggiore learned the importance of the table early on. As the daughter of an Italian immigrant, the dinner table was much more than just a place to eat. It was a place where families reminisced, laughed, and made a lifetime of memories.
While other little girls were playing with their Barbies, Melissa and her younger brother Joey were playing “restaurant”. Throughout her childhood Melissa traveled extensively to Italy with her father, Tomaso Maggiore, a prominent restauranteur in Arizona.. It was during these trips that her love affair with food and wine began.. She gained a true appreciation not only for international cuisine, but the beautifully simplistic love of life that is associated with Italy.