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Della Santina's Trattoria - Sonoma
Della Santina's Trattoria - Sonoma

Della Santina's Trattoria - Sonoma Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.dellasantinas.com
  • Email: rob@dellasantinas.com
  • Phone: (707) 935-0576
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily 11:30am-3:00pm

    Dinner: Daily 5:00pm-9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Contact: Robert Della Santina (707) 935-0576

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 1st St. E
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is on the street and in a few free public lots located within easy walking distance.
A word from Della Santina's Trattoria - Sonoma
The traditional Italian fare at Della Santina’s is based upon Quirico Della Santina"s family recipes growing up in Lucca, Italy and his sheer talent as a chef. Recipes include the popular Gnocchi della Nonna, inspired by Quirico's mother. The fresh fish is always a treat.
Quirico’s son Robert runs the front of the restaurant and is responsible for the wine selection. He and his wife, Nicole, started the restaurant’s wine club featuring wines from around the world.
Walking through the gated entry and down the brick walkway is like being transported back to Italy. In the warmer months, diners enjoy the patio, covered in grape vines and wisteria, and surrounded by balustrades that are planted with assorted flowers. In the colder months, customers enjoy the cozy atmosphere in the dining room, with tables topped with white linens and fresh flowers. The marble fireplace warms the room, while the sounds of Pavorotti and conversation complete the experience.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We ate in the garden in the back of the restaurant. Very pretty place. Food was excellent and the service was great!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "My husband and I enjoyed a delicious Saturday Lunch! When I made the reservation, I requested a table on the patio, we were seated near the fountain on the patio. We were both in the mood for pasta; both dishes were wonderful (Ravioli with Bolognese/mushroom sauce and Cannelloni)."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We stayed in Sonoma and tried several different restaurants during our several days. This one was exceptional. Loved intimate courtyard, dimmed lighting, great service and outstanding food. My husband ordered the duck ragu over fresh pasta and I had the meat lasagne with bechamel top! YUM! The wine list was extensive but that night we ordered the house wine which was a super and smooth Multipucciano (spelling not my strong part). We also split a small baratta salad that was enough for us both. And the dessert just melted in our mouths. The meal was not expensive and should had been for the quality & service served. This is a great gem and a stop that should not be missed on The Plaza in Sonoma!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "The food was marginal at best, small portions. They charged $18.00 per bottle of wine for corkage that they did not open. Screw top! This is our second time at this restaurant. We are two and done!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "First time dining at Della Santini's. We were seated immediately upon checking in. We sat on their outside patio - which is tented for kept toasty warm for the winter. It was a dark and rainy night which made the outside patio even more fun. Our server knew the menu inside and out. Quite funny and perfect service. Our dinner was delicious. My pasta was so tender I did not even know it was there. Sauces were perfect. I think this is just a great place for any celebration and also just for a good dinner out,."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "a nice patio and with good food equals I'll be back..."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "All the food was delicious. Great service. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I've been dining there for years. Great spot just off the Sonoma Plaza. The owners are very personable; the staff very cognizant of your every need. Superb service and as my client from the old country exclaimed, "best Italian food in Sonoma. the way it's supposed to be prepared." Love this place. All time favorite and there are plenty of great restaurants in this town."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "When we arrived it took a good 5minutes for anyone to notice us, the people behind us left. They did not seem to care that we had a reservation with or without Open Table, we requested inside as we knew it would be late and cold. It was very crowded and very loud so they offered us a table in the somewhat enclosed garden area. We were next to a glass gate type door that was very cold so we asked to move which we did. At this point we became the only people in the room,complete opposite of too noisy. The food was good, not exceptional as we were led to believe. House wine was okay,not good as we had expected from reading reviews, may try it again in summer for lunch or may not : )"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Excellent Italian menu. Handmade pasta & fresh ingredients all make for an enjoyable dinner. Patio dining on a very pleasant evening added to our enjoyment."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The food and service were both excellent. Everyone was very satisfied with their meals, and the wine which accompanied it. The three meals, a bottle of wine (and one glass as someone had their own), two cappuccinos, and one espresso came to approximately $60/person which I thought was fair given the quality of the meal and experience. We would certainly return here again."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This was a great little Italian spot that really is a big hit! Service, food and the atmosphere was great! Great antipasti , salads and pasta that keep is wanting more"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "the staff was able to "custom make" an order for one of our party, beyond the rave menu. we come often as a couple and find they never disappoint when we bring along friends......excellent!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "As an individual who represented many of the finest restaurants in SF and the North Bay, I have eaten in many fine Italian restaurants. My favorite is Della Santinas. The food is outstanding, the service excellent and the ambiance wonderful. Anyone who has enjoyed Italy will be reminded of the relaxed atmosphere of Della Santinas. Eating there is just like eating in Italy."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "A bit tired, although Tordelli Lucchesse were good. It is as they say in the old country, un posto da una volta (I think it means old time menu, and frankly, it needs up dating)."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "When it is my turn to suggest a restaurant for lunch in my area I always choose Della Santina's in downtown Sonoma. It has a very vibrant atmosphere and we all agree that the food is fantastic. My sister ordered the Petrale Sole and I had one of their specialty dishes, tripe Italian style. The Petrale Sole could not have been more fresh and cooked to perfection. As usual the tripe was the best I have ever had. The other two had the paninis which they enjoyed very much. Our server, Georgio, is fantastic, knowing what we need before we do. I will continue to book Della Santina's for my little sisters' group who come from the East Bay as well as the Peninsula. They all love the place as much as I do."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Restaurant was recommended by where we were lodging while in Sonoma. Upon arrival, staff could not find our Open Table reservation; this should have been an omen but we went with the flow. We requested and were seated in the patio area. Potentially very nice, but since the weather was cool and rainy, the area was tented. Service was average, food was good and served piping hot. When our meal was complete the service went considerably downward. It took over 30 minutes to receive our bill. Could not figure out the delay since it was an uncrowded Tuesday evening, with inclement weather. No apology was provided for the delay. Too bad since restaurant appears to have a lot of potential."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "This was a fantastic restaurant. The food, service and ambience were all great. We couldn't be happier with out dinner decision."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The ambiance was a little off for some reason this particular evening but the food was as always true to its Toscana heritage from veal scallopini to tortellini to halibut. Soup, salad, dessert and coffee are always consistently excellent. Wine list is reasonably deep for different price points and appropriately heavy on local Sonoma valley/coast wines. Water service was excellent after a rough start. Seasoning is spot on for true Italian and portions are pretty generous. Will absolutely return; we have been at least 10 times over the years."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "The bread was stale, the Caesar salad looked and tasted as if it had been made days before and the pasta was microwaved and almost tasteless. The swiss chard served with another dish was terribly overcooked. Additionally, the greeting upon arrival was confused and disorganized."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The outdoor setting is lovely, the atmosphere is lively/fun/casual, the food is middle of the road and the service is poor - but we still had fun! :-)"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Absolutely the best minestrone soup on the planet. Have traveled world-wide, including throughout Italy and Sicily, and have never had any minestrone better than that at Della Santina's. Always worth the trip to Sonoma. The garden patio is a delightful setting for a wonderful mea."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Food was good as always, wait staff was over extended and we had to wait half an hour for our first course. Other times service was great."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Rob and his team were great; arrived early for our reservation and he and team were able to seat us quickly and with no fuss!! I had the restaurant week special and mt husband had his favorite tortellini both were good, it was a nice way to spend our first evening in the valley after traveling all day; thank you to the whole team at Della Santina's"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "You can count on Della for the best trattoria food ever. Never disapointing. Great ownwers and staff as well."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Restaurant Week Menu. Simply put, we expected a good meal but got an outstanding one. Pork chops (large and meaty) were perfectly cooked and absolutely delicious. Excellent rum sponge cake for dessert and terrific barley soup to start. As locals, we should come here more often. Service was perfect with long time employees who are real professionals."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Our family gathered to celebrate my parents 60th anniversary. The long table for our party of ten was the perfect size. This allowed for the group to share conversation as well as fabulous food. Many of us chose the special 3 course menu, great variety and price. Our waiter was able to make suggestions to create a salad for my vegan daughter. More choices for a vegan diet would be great for the future. As always the food was fabulous! Every dish from salad to pasta to rotisserie was delicious. I'm glad we were seated in the tented garden, always beautiful. Waitstaff, as always, super friendly, accommodating, fabulous! Many thanks!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Excellent quality italian food! Great place to go to for comfort food."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Food was delicious. Ask for side patio. Service may have been a little slow."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Excellent sea bass with capers on the special menu tonight. I loved the balsamic vinegar sereved with the bread. I actually bought a bottle! I would have liked the bread warm, but I'm sure had I asked they would have done so, no questions asked. They were very attentive and polite. I was dining alone and felt very at home and safe. I would come back for the service alone, but the food was awesome!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "It was a wonderful experience! Food was very good and we had the best waiter. The owner came and spoke to us. He was very good about getting us a cab back to our hotel. Would recommend this restaurant without hesitation."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "If you are a local or visiting Sonoma you must carve out time to go to this authentic family Italian trattoria. It has an intimate dining room with a great out door patio open when the weather permits. Guests are greeted by the owner who is warn and attentive to everyone. The service is friendly, polished and very responsive. And of course the food can not be matched. Obvious family recipes which have been perfected by the Della Santina's. This is out date night favorite. They have a fun wine bar next door where you can sip and nibble as you wait for your table. Great atmosphere, fabulous people and amazing food!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We had a nice meal here when we visited Sonoma. Very good food and service and the price was reasonable. We would go again!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "All four of us got plates and food that were not hot. Cold brocolli, etc. Too bad. We love it at Della and go all the time. This was an anomoly."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Very good , authentic Italian food at very reasonable prices. Seems to be the popular spot in Sonoma as it was packed on a rainy Wednesday night. Our waiter was excellent. Street parking can be a problem, but there is a public free lot very close by. Choosing it was a shot in the dark which hit the bulls eye!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Ate indoors this time. Weather permitting recommend outside patio dining. Food is very good. Staff is great."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "We had a great lunch. Food was great, service was great, and sitting out back was great"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "This place is a "GEM"! What might tell it all is that it has numerous employees who have been there 15-20 years! Excellent food & service!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "From the moment we were seated georgio aka Jorge was a special server. He understood the type of foods we wanted and suggested the right items. It was my birthday and he treated me especially we'll. lasagna was the best I have ever had."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "This was a special birthday celebration for 2 friends and was a dinner for 4. I had selected the restaurant because I had been pleased on prior visits. Another table also had a birthday and received a complimentary dessert with a candle and we all sang. I was fully anticipating this for my friends, but our waiter did not acknowledge the birthdays at all, even though the restaurant knew it was a birthday dinner because the maitre d' upon our arrival acknowledged it. Our waiter also didn't track what we ordered, so upon arrival of our food had to ask each of us again who was getting each dish. Management needs to train wait staff better."
    Dined on 2/19/2014