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Gourmet Italia

Gourmet Italia Details

  • 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! :)Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "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+!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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!!"
    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."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "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 :-)"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed this restaurant although it was a tad hard to find."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This restaurant is very Italian. The food was outstanding."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We went for dinner while in Temecula for a wine tasting trip. Tasty meal and thankfully they had Gluten Free options. Service was good and overall had a lovely experience."
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Truly a hidden gem!! Great Italian food and ambience!! We will be going there again next time we visit Temecula!"
    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"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Took my wife and two kids here for Mother's Day after church. An overall great experience! The food was to die for!"
    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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The food is delicious and very fresh. The staff are great!"
    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."
    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"."
    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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "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."
    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 ! "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The food was delicious. Pasta was perfectly al dente"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Although they said they never got the reservation I made on Opentable, Gourmet Italia was more than happy to accommodate our group of 8. The food was awesome, the wine was awesome, the servers were awesome. I will definitely be back there soon. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "This is a not to be missed stop in Temecula. We make sure to come in every time we are in town. Great food and service. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We have been to Gourmet Italia three times. Each time it gets better! The live music was a nice touch, but it was a bit too loud. We weren't close to the band, but still had trouble hearing each other talk (party of four). The food was awesome! Service was good too. We tried some of the owner's Pinot Noir, and it was very nice."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "This was our first time here and I'm glad we found this place. It's not your typical Italian restaurant. It's a bit more special than that. The wine recommendation was great and so was the food. The service was friendly and attentive. If I could change one thing it would be how long it took to get our food. It was a long wait but well worth it. Would we go back, definitely! Make a reservation though. We went on a Wednesday evening and it was very busy. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "While our table was ready for our party of 11, and the waiter was good at getting us bread and wine fairly quickly, it was almost two hours before our food was ready. Had some very hungry people ready to devour the food! Everyone was happy with the menu choices, but the wait was really too long. It was a Saturday evening, so a busy night, but still -- two hours! The only other issue was they ran out of the wine we liked. We went through several bottles waiting for dinner to be served, and our first choice was gone after the first two bottles we ordered. The second and third choices we tried were not great. So, I recommend if you are patient."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Special house salad was delicious. Veal chop was very tender and juicy, but a little overpowered by the gorgonzola crust. Wild boar chop was tasty and perfectly cooked. Chocolate mousse was pretty standard. Nice choice of very good wines. Check for 3 of us was over $250 before tip. Worth it for a special treat."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "From the moment we arrived the staff was friendly and the ambience set the mood for a romantic date. The wine selection was great. The food was amazing! And they made the night complete with dessert cannolies. Definitely recommend you treat yourself to Gourmet Italia!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I found this place through Yelp a few years ago when bopping around Temecula. I love Italian and have worked at several fine dining restaurants so I am pretty picky. I've now been here for romantic dinners, family celebrations, and most recently my 35th birthday & have always left with a smile on my face. The food is fresh, authentic, and delicious. Every dish had its eater groaning with gustatory pleasure. The service is impeccable. Angelo is a total sweetheart and creates the ultimate experience. He anticipates every need and makes you feel as if your in some long lost relative's home. He knows the menu, the wine, and when to be present. The owners are super sweet and even the busboy was right on time every time. EAT HERE!!!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Located in a strip mall and not having very much for signage (to find the place), we didn't expect much, but what the heck, we were hungry. We were pleasantly surprised. From the time we entered the restaurant to the time we left, we felt like we were in "Little Italy". The food was outstanding, and so was the service. If there's one gripe, it is a little noisy for such a small place. Bottom line, go see for yourself. We'd give it 5 stars except for the noise and being difficult to locate."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "This is a great Italian restaurant and compares to one of the best I have experienced in San Francisco or Walnut Creek area. This was our 2nd time to this restaurant and Angelo was our attentive waiter. The food was outstanding, service was impeccable and we will be returning again soon. This is a very special place for a special occasion. It was our 31st anniversary. Thanks for a great evening Angelo....."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Excellent restaurant; excellent, friendly service; excellent food."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We spent a couple of days in Temecula and had read great reviews about this restaurant, so we decided to check it out and were NOT disappointed! The food was fantastic and the service was excellent. When we asked our waitress a question about the olive oil the restaurant uses, she actually brought someone over (owner, manager, I'm not sure) who explained their oil in depth and brought out a couple dishes of it for us to taste. Excellent dinner experience. I would highly recommend it."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "You will feel at home when you visit this restaurant. We went on a Friday day night, the owner greeted us, as he always does, and showed us to a table immediately. We had made reservations on Open Table. They had a great band playing for ambiance, not to loud. The staff was on the ball even though they were packed you didn't feel rushed or neglected. The food was excellent and because we were celebrating birthday and anniversary they surprised us with a fabulous dessert. This is a family owned restaurant in Temecula that is worth driving the distance for. If your local its one of those places where you feel like a friends house for dinner and want to do it once a week!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014