Gourmet Italia

Gourmet Italia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://gourmetitaliarestaurants.com/
  • Phone: (951) 676-9194
  • 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 WinnerMost Booked
Gourmet Italia reviews from OpenTable diners
70 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (53)romantic (37)special occasion (36)fit for foodies (32)notable wine list (29)good for groups (20)hot spot (15)great for lunch (13)late-night find (9)kid-friendly (6)great for outdoor dining (3)great for brunch (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • We live in Vegas, love going there for dinner
    Gail62VIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    We so look forward to eating here when we are in Temecula. The food is always spectacular. Wished we had them in Vegas
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Service was wonderful and the owner was very kinda
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Strip mall delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    When you see a restaurant in a strip mall you naturally believe it's going to hopefully be acceptable but it's not going to be great. But we read the online reviews which gushed about it and we decided to go there for our anniversary. We were delighted. They seated us at a special table by ourselves, they saw to everything we asked for and added in a slew of extras. And the food was absolutely great. When we return to Temecula we'll definitely make sure we return there too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RunnergirlVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    We just arrived from the east coast for the half marathon on Saturday and were tired and hungry. Gourmet Italia was superb! Very energetic and friendly service. Our friend's Chilean Sea Bass was perfectly prepared. The restaurant was packed and lively and we could see why.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love!
    Akazukan
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    One of the best places to eat in Temecula. Love love love!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Satisfied Customer
    Divinity
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Excellent food, Friendly service, lively, quaint, romantic. Can accommodate up to 8 people at a time with reservation. Reservation in advance is great because they get busy..a small restaurant yet they accommodate many..The owner is very interactive with customers making it lively and fun. Superb food...it's a restaurant you want to take time and savor your food and the Ambiance . You don't want to be in a hurry when you go here for dinner...Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great ambiance!
    RachelG
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The food was amazing and authentic. It was great to hear Italian being spoken throughout the restaurant. Will definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian Restaurant Ive Been To
    Honeybear
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Gourmet Italia is probably THE BEST italian restaurant I've ever been to. The food was so delicious. And the server knowing it was our first time was very patient and EXTREMELY knowledgeable on ALL the dishes. Alicia was so helpful in finding us the perfect wine, which, I may add, hit the perfect spot with our seafood special pasta & chicken parmaggio. The dessert, it was so exquisite that it made us take our time enjoying bite by bite of the cherry gelato. The service was excellent. We made reservations in advance, so we went straight to our table and didn't have to wait. They even seated us on the more romantic area just as I had requested when I made reservations prior. Everyone was so polite and it made for a memorable evening for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tctraveler
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    This was the second time my husband and I met two dear friends who live in La Jolla for lunch to celebrate joint birthdays. (Temecula is half-way between our resident cities.) Our friends have lived in Italy and speak fluent Italian, as well as appreciate fine Italian food. All four of us have been amazed by the excellence of the meals, and deeply appreciative of the terrific service; for each time we have visited the server has gone out of her way to be friendly, helpful, and accommodating, even moving heavy umbrellas so we could have shade on the patio. This is our spot from now on to celebrate birthdays twice a year!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • unexpected
    lovemesomeitalianfood
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    A very good Authentic Italian place. The waiters are a bit hurried but the food is excellent. Waiter was very helpful with recommendations. Was highly recommended by locals and I see why. Would definitely go back when in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I found this restaurant on Yelp, and the reviews on their were spot on!! Such a gem hidden in a strip mall. You feel like you're transported to another world. The ambience is perfect - casual yet elegant and very romantic! The food was amazing, service was great, ambience was absolutely perfect, and they even brought us a free dessert for our anniversary - tiramisu with the message "Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate! Such a perfect dot on the tip of the i of a great evening!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sub Par Service
    bookgirl2
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food was good, but the service was not. It took at least 10 minutes for our waitress to approach our table after being seated. When she finally did she proceeded to tell us about the specials and then quickly left before even taking a drink order. We finally had to flag her down to give her our drink and appetizer order. Our entrees took forever to come out. However, the worst part was when we ordered a very nice 2009 Cabernet and after she had poured our wine we noticed that it was not a 2009 but a 2011. We complained to the owner. He actually told us that it was a wet year and should be good and then walked away. Needless to say, I will not be back. Decent food does not make up for terrible customer service!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was good, not great.
    Dockaf
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Food was good, but I have had better Lasagna. Sauce was a little weak and soupy. My friends had the filet medallions which were excellent. Overall a little noisy. Service was very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant!
    KandM
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Our 3rd opportunity to dine there and again it was excellent, we both had the Osso Buco and loved it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fab
    Grammy1
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The ambiance was amazing, service incredible and ... too big of portion on the appetizer. Therefore, most of my entrée went home in a box.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUR NEW ITALIAN RESTAURANT!
    MrsTNGal
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    You wouldn't think the food in this strip mall location would be gourmet and the best, but it is!!! The service is excellent, the food is superior! We absolutely love going here for phenomenal Italian food! If you want to impress someone with an impressive meal, go here - you won't regret a single bite!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Real Italian Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    This restaurant is awesome. Great food and service. Prices are reasonable as well. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Italian gem in wine country
    MAKa
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Situated just minutes from Old Town Temecula, this gem of a restaurant is deceptively unassuming when approaching the front door. Inside one is greeted by a gracious and knowledgeable staff. The food is beyond expectation. We asked the waiter for his suggestions and we're more than pleased with the veal shank and rack of lamb. There is not a better place for Italian food anywhere in the Valley....and we've been here for 30+ years
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best place to eat in Temecula
    PS2Travel
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Our favorite place in Temecula. The food is always excellent and we try at least one different thing each time. Alex, Angelo and Mimi are absolutely wonderful snd very attentive. They always make you feel like one of the family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful dining experience
    ChefEddiesCritiqueVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Great food, terrific service, reasonable prices, nice sized portions. Our server Mimi was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We came on a friday night after 7 had a reservation when it was really busy. We waited 5 minutes before a host could show us to a table. There was no host at the front greeting guests as they came in. There was other people behind us waiting. Because the place is small there's not really a place to wait except by the front door. There's no host desk either. Overall it was very good and the food was great. It was just the waiting time for a host. On a busy night there should be more than one host.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great italian resto!
    Morinjo
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Best pasta in USA that's for sure! We did appreciate also the owner's red wine! Really good food and wine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We had high expectations when walking into the restaurant as the decor appeared cozy. Although we did get bread and a yummy olive tapenade, the price for pasta alone was not worth the money. The sauce was ok. Our server irritated us from the beginning as she tried to upsale items. She told my husband that because gnocci's are traditionally "sticky," they sometimes got stuck in peoples' throats and suggested he ordered additional protein items. Not cool.
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  • Great food and great service!
    jhlsd
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    For many years, Gourmet Italia has never failed to please. A recent visit showed that this remains true. The food was great. The menu offers a variety sure to please everyone. This visit I had the specials of the day - beet and watermelon salad and a veal chop. Both were delicious and well prepared and presented. The service is great as well - attentive and friendly. Everyone in our group had a great meal and an enjoyable visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Louis Prima (he thinks)
    IdoLVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The most notable was Alessandro, The Owner, who thinks he is Louis Prima or any other Italian Great Singer. Sorry, Alex you are not and it is annoying! The food is not fabulous. The salad we shared was good. The rest was not very memorable. My idea of Sicilian cooking did not change. Better look for a Northern Italian cuisine. However Alessandro does make a very good wine. Drink that and take the salad with the pear and bring ear plugs.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • California Trip
    MandT4ever
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    This was our second trip to Gourmet Italia. We discovered this restaurant two years ago when we were in Temecula. We came back to Temecula for a vacation and just had to have dinner there again. It was just as we remembered it. The food was absolutely wonderful and the service was outstanding. We made reservations through Open Table and there were no problems at all. I noted in the reservation that this was our 10th wedding anniversary and that we were excited to come back and have dinner there again. They made us feel like we were very special. We received 2 glasses of sparkling wine and and a special desert. We highly recommend this place for the food, service and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pleasePatti
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The occasion was grandpa's 77th birthday. All three children and grandchildren were there. First time for all of us. The ambience was quiet, elegant old world charm. The food was superb, the only comments were raves and sighs of pleasure. My dish was salmon with a luscious pesto sauce paired with sautéed zucchini. We brought a birthday cake which the server took to the kitchen. At the appropriate time she brought the cake out and presented it to the birthday boy. Then took it back to the kitchen, cut it and served it to us. Go to Yelp for Gourmet Italia and you will see a glowing, descriptive review on Aug. 31 from Erik B of Orange County, my son-in-law.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Feel like your in Italy
    puddles6506
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Food is authentic and delicious. The food is fresh and everything taste amazing. Great hidden gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Italian food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I wish I knew about Gourmet Italia sooner! The food was amazing. I had a favorite authentic Italian place I use to go to in Orange County but it closed. This place is even better! The service and ambiance was great! Ask for Angelo! I went with a group of 8 friends and we all had a great time. We sat in the back where we could hear the live band but still hold conversations. Definitly going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    GandM99
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 353 reviews are from the Gourmet Italia reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall