Update: This location is now closed.
Lisko Artisan Deli is a newly opened little market and deli in the College area off of El Cajon Blvd. They have a variety of freshly made pastas and sauces, fresh seafood, freshly made Italian sausages and more.
I first visited Lisko at one of their farmer’s market. I’ve had their fresh basil pesto many times in the past and was excited to see they were opening up a storefront not very far from Jake’s house. I also snagged a deal on Living Social to pick up $20 worth of stuffs for just $10. Jake, T and I visited and picked up a few items for dinner one night.
I was impressed with their selection of fresh made pastas. They had a good variety of flavors and types of pastas – from linguine and angel hair pastas and more.
I was really in a basil mood that day and I picked out this garlic basil linguine to try. A woman helped us and showed us the different pastas and told us they make all of their pastas once a week and sell them in the market and at farmer’s market’s around town.
The other wonderful thing about fresh pastas is that they don’t take long to cook. The woman told me it takes about 2 minutes, but I tasted it and preferred it cook a little longer – about 4-5 minutes.
This is their fresh basil pesto. As you can see, it’s not your typical pesto – it’s more of a “loose leaf” pesto. You can see all of the ingredients – from the leaves of basil to the shavings of Parmesan cheese to the whole pine nuts mixed in with the olive oil. I think this is more of an infused oil more than anything else, but it is really good. The garlic flavor is very pronounced and make the sauce that much tastier. I love this stuff!
In addition to the pasta and pesto, we also picked up a few of these macarons to try. The two on the bottom are pistachio and the one on top is strawberry.
These suckers are some of the biggest macarons I’ve ever seen! They’re like palm-sized! Jake and T both had the pistachio and I had the strawberry. They were very yummy – just like their smaller counterparts with a good amount of filling. These were a great way to end a terrific and freshly made meal (which took less than ten minutes to make, including waiting for the water to boil).
I can’t wait to go back to the market to try their other pastas and their deli sandwiches. They also have freshly made sausages, seafood and cheese available to pick up in addition to a few desserts.
Lisko Artisan Deli
6548 El Cajon Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92115