Gourmet Italia

Gourmet Italia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://gourmetitaliarestaurants.com/
  • Phone: 9516769194
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday -Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Alessandro Prestifilippo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Thursday nights: Ron Lovely- Piano/Singer Friday: Sugar Bear & Unlimited Flavor Saturday: Randy & Associates Sunday: Sugar Bear & Unlimited Flavor

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Gourmet Italia
Gourmet Italia, experience Italy without ever leaving Temecula. Restauranteur, Alessandro (Alex) Prestifilippo moved to the states from Sicily in 1988. He takes pride in staffing his Sicilian Chef, Fabrizio, faimly friend and server, Angelo Catalano and the rest of his attentive, friendly staff. The menu and wine selection is vast and reasonable and the special dishes vary from Seafood Pescatore, Halibut, Salmon, Filet, Osso bucco, Lamb Shank, Wild Boar, Ostrich, Lobster Ravioli and much more! Visit the website for more about the restaurant, Alex, the menu, specials and cooking class information! Dine with us and you could end up in a picture on the website or Facebook page! :)
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Gourmet Italia reviews from OpenTable diners
69 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (50)romantic (40)special occasion (36)fit for foodies (33)good for groups (21)notable wine list (18)great for lunch (12)hot spot (12)great for brunch (7)vibrant bar scene (5)great for outdoor dining (4)late-night find (4)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Went here with a party of 8. We were celebrating 3 birthdays. The food and service was excellent! They even brought out a very nice plate of cannoli's as a birthday treat the family was able to share. Thanks Angelo for making our family celebration special :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant enough
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We were visiting Temecula for the day and chose this restaurant because of the reviews. We weren't disappointed but weren't terribly impressed either. Food and ambience were acceptable. Service was good. I had the Minestrone as an appetizer which proved to be the best dish of the evening. I had the Veal Marsala which was cooked just right but the seasoning was a bit off. Spaghetti Carbonara was "okay" if a bit dry.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fine Italian
    TonysLasVegas
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The food was great and the price was reasonable considering the quality and service. We went on a busy night, Saturday, and the service, all thought busy, was still attentive. A real quality job!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Evening
    NomNomNom
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We booked dinner as a celebration for a "Roast" and it was exceptional. Angelo was particularly helpful with all aspects of the reservation and setup. From technical instrumentation to dessert, Gourmet Italia delivered. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was just what we requested. Definately an A+ evening. Thank you Alex and Angelo.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian EVER
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I love delicious food, awesome service, and a perfect ambiance to match. Gourmet Italia is absolutely thee best find in CA. It rivals and even surpasses many five-star resteraunts I've dined at. The pasta is divine. The steak is so flavorful... Their veal chops are heaven! You can dress up to make your experience completely upscale or you can dress a little bit more casual to be comfortable. It doesn't matter, the staff is very warm and inviting. The owner becomes a friend. They have their own wines, herbs, and olive oil that all come from his property.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great treat after wine tasting
    Cokpeats
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We had a delightful time after wine tasting in Temecula. The staff was very attentive and welcoming. All of our entrees were superbly prepared. Would recommend to friends
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RosinaVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I'm from NY and Italian. That being said, this was the first Italian restaurant that I've tried since moving to CA. I was most pleasantly surprised and almost felt like I was in a NYC eatery. Will definitely be coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food Great Place
    HungryPuma
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    This is the best Italian restaurant in Temecula. We frequent the this place often and are never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Food
    SusieQ
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Was in the Temecula area for one night for GF wine tasting weekend. I have been here two other times and food is excellent and wanted to bring my GF's. I made a reservation through Open Table and was seated right away which we appreciated but, was seated two tables from the front door which felt like we were in a fish bowl...everyone passing by including wait staff, too busy of a table to sit and enjoy our meal even though once again our meal was delicious. Our waiter, Giuseppe was attentive which of course helped with our situation. Recommendation: Don't sit so close to the front door, ask to be seated elsewhere. Overall the food and service was good, we enjoyed our evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a great Place
    rneuge
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The Best in Temecula....The watermelon salad, pasta and service including wine was a hit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gail62VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    This was our second time here and we enjoyed it as much as the first time. The eggplant appetizer was great and my husband had the salmon with bow ties. He loved it. Can't wait to go back
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Too pricey
    luv2trynewspots
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Very overpriced. Never spent over $100 before for an Italian meal for 2 people. Soup or salad should be included with dinner like most other restaurants. $10 for an average bean soup not worth it. Entre was ok (veal parmigiana) but not worth $22. Asked for 2 desserts to go (cheesecake), and portion was very small for price of $7 each. Did enjoy the calamares and bread basket. Don't plan on returning.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    My wife & I had a great time. I had a creative salad that was really great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a Celebration
    JustMarried
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Upon discovering that wineries in Temecula are closed for dinner on Tuesday night, I came across the restaurant on Yelp! Having been married for just two days, my new husband and I really wanted a place to celebrate. Wow are we lucky we chose Gourmet Italia!! Upon arriving they asked us what we were celebrating, when we told them our marriage, they gave us the best table in the house, and brought us complimentary champagne. From the perfect romantic ambiance, to the delicious food, to the gracious and accomodating staff Gourmet Italia could not have made our night more memorable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    DeliciousItalian
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Walked in and the owner greeted us and walked us to our table. We had someone in a wheelchair with us which I mentioned when i made my reservation online and they had a great table with a open space for my friend in the wheelchair. The owner gladly made us feel comfortable and even offered to push her. Then our waiter came and she was very friendly. She told us the specials and made each special sound so delicious! The environment there was very romantic, they had candles everywhere and a live jazz band. Once our food arrived we all tried each others food (the portions were a good size) and loved all of them! Remember to make a reservation if going on the weekends! I got a free delicious dessert for my bday A+!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food in an intimate atmosphere
    DavidL
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    This small but wonderful restaurant is a wonderful place for a good Italian meal. The service was excellent and the food was really good with ample portions.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The right place
    goodfoodie
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Gourmet Italia is a favorite of ours - that quaint little "hole in the wall" everyone's looking for - and we chose to introduce our new neighbors/friends to their incredible menu just before seeing Bill Medley perform in town. Our friends have been around the world and particularly love Italian food, so I knew Gourmet Italia would be perfect. The food was amazing, every dish was devoured. And the penne arribiatta (with muscles) that I had in place of my usual Lobster Ravioli (ran out) was out of the park. Ding, ding, ding! Another winner! Thank you Gourmet Italia!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our Favorites
    yummygoodness
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    My wife and I truly love this restaurant. It has been our date night spot for many years. We don't live in Temecula but when we return to visit it is a must for us. Thank you for creating a great atmosphere and delicious food :-)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hidden gem
    QuiteCritic
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This restaurant is very Italian. The food was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed this restaurant although it was a tad hard to find.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nicster
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Did not disappoint! The food was FANTASTIC and the services was even better. This will be a special occasion go to for my family and I from now on!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • Awesome every time!
    wineNdine
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This restaurant is so outstanding in every way and very consistent as well. I eat here monthly and NEVER have had an experience less than perfection. It compares very favorably to any "big city" famous name italian restaurants. So what are you waiting for---go now!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    GemmaVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The fresh pastas were amazing, it truly is a treat to find restaurants that do their own fresh pastas. From appetizer to dessert, it was 5 star across the board for food. Came here to dine with my family celebrating my nieces' graduation and we all had a great time, the service was wonderful and the food even better! Surely will be back when in and around Temecula!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Felt Welcomed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    It was my first time in Temecula and I read reviews of great restaurants. Gourmet Italia had high ratings. I never felt so welcomed. The waitress was AMAZING and the food was delicious. My boyfriend and I were celebrating our anniversary. We enjoyed every moment.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Food!
    Kristin
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Truly a hidden gem!! Great Italian food and ambience!! We will be going there again next time we visit Temecula!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food
    Gail62VIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Had eaten at their pizzeria a few months back and decided to go for a real Italian meal. We were not disappointed. My husband had the Cioppino and I had Pasta Norma (Pasta with eggplant) Both were fabulous. My husband loved the clams, mussels and calimari. Can't wait to go back. Ask for Marial, she was wonderful and so knowledgable about the specials
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Great night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Huge portions. Way too much food. Price was fine, but I felt like I was wasting food. We were on vacay so couldn't do leftovers.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Everything was good except even with a reservation we had to wait and didn't get a table next to the live music like we requested. Other than that everything was great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Italian Food
    MaryVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We've been to this restaurant numerous times and there are reasons why. The food is very good (although I'd warn about Sunday night -- they ran out of shellfish so no seafood pasta). We love the staff -- pretty much all Italian. They give good service and the owner is very funny. They did give us a poor table next to a post so we asked to be moved but, otherwise, it was great and we've loved it in the past.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ambiance!!
    PaisanosfromDeLuz
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food is delicious and very fresh. The staff are great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Disappointing Staff
    FamilyMan
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This wasn't our first time at Gourmet Italia, but it was sure our worst! Now, it was a very busy night (at 5:30!), so I can't really blame Alex for canceling our reservation after we were (a mere) 10 minutes late, because we did get seated right away anyway. But that doesn't excuse him from being visibly annoyed that our party of four was two adults and two kids, or seating us all at a cramped and uncomfortable corner table for two. The service was poor. Our server brought me the wrong salad, then disappeared before I could say anything. Then it was a half-hour before our entrees arrived, during which time she never checked in on us. Later she literally turned her back and walked away in the middle of my dessert order. We felt unimportant.
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  • Comfort Food
    foodisfun
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This is a warm and friendly dining experience and the food was delicious and wine selection is excellent. We enjoyed a Siciliana Red.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loved it!
    truefoodie
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Went for Mothers' Day. Initially, lot's of people and noisy, but activity and noise level calmed down as the crowd thinned. Food and service were excellent and prompt despite the holiday crowd. Companions agreed that it was the "best meal" they "had ever had".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Mothers Day
    savagejimVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great server, young Italian guy. Seated by the owner. Great wine list, excellent bruschetta appetizer, could have just ordered a couple more orders of it and called it a day. I had the Lobster Ravioli, was excellent, my wife has the Chicken Parmigiana and our only complaint is that is was pretty bland, hoping that was due to a busy Mothers Day, but overall the experience was great, will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mother's Day smash hit
    Ilovefood
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Took my wife and two kids here for Mother's Day after church. An overall great experience! The food was to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise Surprise
    CkdinerVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Found this place after a little time at a couple of wineries in Temecula. Wow! Everything from the greeting to the thanks and out the door was amazing! Thanks Gourmet Italia! We will definitely be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing doesn't begin to describe!
    Groomsmom
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We choose "gourmet italia" for our sons rehearsal dinner because it could accommodate a large group....we were from out if town and had no idea what was in store for us.... The rehearsal went long and we were an hour late...the restaruant went above and beyond go make our night special and memorable ... I can not thank the owner enough! The table was set so beautifully for our event! They made up special menus with the bride and groom name with congratulations - we had a set menu so our guests could enjoy from three selections...the food was phenomenal! Everyone had a fabulous time! Thank you! Thank you! We never would have found this small gem of a restaurant tucked in a shopping center in Temecula without open table !
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous as always
    ThinkJudd
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Gourmet Italian is the best Italian restaurant in town...and may be the best this side of San Diego. Alex (the owner) and proud host has staffed this intimate gem with fellow Sicilians who love life as much as they love food. The food itself is always great and sometimes unbelievable. Their rack of wild boar or veal clop in blue cheese crust are to die for. The wine list features some good local wines including great wines made by Alex. The service is always perfect, Angelo and Nora as superstars. The restaurant is rightly popular so you will want to book ahead on the weekend. It often features very good live jazz, which can be a little loud for such an intimate spot. If you haven't already discovered this local gem you must try this place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    Dave
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    The food was delicious. Pasta was perfectly al dente
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 323 reviews are from the Gourmet Italia reviews archive.
  • almost perfect
    lovelygem10
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We all had a very nice experience at gormet italia. The only thing we were unhappy about was one of the guys that works there, owner? Manager? Was very rude when we first appeared there. We thought the rest of the night was going to be like that. We had reservations at 7 and we're not seated until 15 minutes after. There was no front desk where we could check in and tell them that were were there for our reservation so we walked in. The guy rudely told us to go outside, which was fine. But we would just like to be told kindly and feel more welcome. Other than that, our experience was pleasent. Our waiter was fantastic, and the food was great. Better than olive garden in our books.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.