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It's Italia
It's Italia

It's Italia Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://Itsitaliarestaurant.com
  • Email: info@its-italia.com
  • Phone: (650) 726-4444
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Isaias Toxzon
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: We offer our entire menu To Go daily. We can custom create a menu for catered events up to 150 people in quantities and tastes to accommodate your group or event. Whether your needs call for a basic large pick up order, or complete catered party, (including serving staff, party rentals, etc.) It's Italia can provide service, menu, and flexible pricing to fit your needs. Please call our restaurant and ask to be referred to our Special Event and Catering manager for more details.
  • Private Party Facilities: It's Italia can "privatize" specific areas in our restaurant to accommodate larger parties of 20 or more people. We have an outside "Fireplace Patio" that will accommodate private parties of up to 50 people, our "Wine Barrel" room that will accommodate up to 30 people, or a combination of these two rooms for parties of up to 80 people. Full restaurant buy outs are also available. Custom created menus to fit your needs and tastes can be developed for these occasions. Please inquire with our Special Events Manager for more details.
  • Private Party Contact: Adriana Guzman (650) 726-4444
  • Entertainment: It's Italia is currently composing it's musical entertainment program. We forecast being able to offer live music in the genres of acoustic guitar stylings, hot, light, and standard jazz, and intimate classical ensembles. We envision bringing in artists from throughout the Bay Area, as well as from our immediate local community. We also hope to be a venue for young, up and coming artists, including children's choirs, soloists, ensembles and bands who show talent, energy, and promise. Keep tuned into our musical offerings. We will be updating them here and on our website as well.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mill Street
  • Public Transit: Samtrans bus stop is located one block away from It's Italia, on the corner of Main and Kelly Streets, right in front of our City Hall.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is Street parking for It's Italia on all surrounding streets (Main Street, Mill Street, and Johnston Street). As well, there are two large public parking lots across the street from the restaurant off of Mill Street (these areas are not paved, but it is fine to park there.)
A word from It's Italia
It's Italia opened in 1997 as a San Francisco style trattoria and pizzeria serving gourmet pizzas, house pastas, and creative salads, always with a California Italian flavor, and a wine list of 10-12 varietals. Ten years later, our menu has expanded to include steak and seafood grilled specialties, artful antipasti, and a decadent array of housemade desserts from our pastry chef. Over 120 bottles line up on our wine list from Italy, California, France, Spain, Australia, and New Zealand. As always, we have remained faithful to a local coastal California Italian cuisine, with its cosmopolitan nature, bringing produce and cheeses from local farms, meats and poultry from quality and organic growers, and seafood from a variety of waters. Most importantly, we are a little local community restaurant that serves locals. Lots of locals! Our advertising is mostly word of mouth. Our energy is inviting, positive, and friendly, and when you come in, you are invited to be part of our family.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Gave this restaurant another try after past disappointments with service. No improvement, waiter was harried and rushed, did not check with us for water, bread or other. Will not return. Additionally, quality of food not up to the prices."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Over inflated prices didn't match the mediocre food. Wouldn't recommend this place for lunch on weekends."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "It's Italia is one of our favorite spots to eat in Half Moon Bay. Dinner is our favorite meal there, we're always pleased with presentation and taste. We contribute the success of the meal quality to a gal we refer to as "mama" who checks each dish as it comes out of the meal prep area. That extra step of having someone give the plate a once over before it is served truly makes a difference."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Great food, service and atmosphere. They make good drinks too."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Food was outstanding but our server, Marco, was beyond perfect. He was one of the best servers we've ever had!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "We were staying upstairs at the HMB Inn, and I had always wanted to go to this restaurant. I knew they have a Wood Stone oven, and they know how to use it! I had a wonderful, thin crust pizza and a beautiful warm, goat cheese salad that was to die for!! Even the cocktails were good (but could use a bit more alcohol, in my humble opinion). Highly recommend this restaurant!!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Wanted to help with any food allergies gluten free options. Nice patio lots of heaters and fireplace."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We enjoyed eating out at Its Italia. The food and The service were just great. The atmosphere Is something quite relaxed and enjoyable. Our Waiter was a delight!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We had a party of 5 for a 30th Birthday. We were a little early and they promptly sat us at a quiet roomy table. Waiter was very patient with us and helped us with the menu when we had questions as it was the first time we had been there. We all had something different and tasted each other's meals. We all agreed it was excellent place for dinner for any occasion and can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite restaurants. However this night my steak was overcooked."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We love It's Italia. The food is great. The people are great--they make you feel special. We eat here several times a month and it is always fun."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We are local and It's Italia provides the best Italian food in HMB. It is also in downtown HMB, so it's great when you are window shopping in HMB. They also have outdoor seating for when it is warm. All around good experience. We had the grilled calamari and brussel sprouts appetizers as well as salmon, spaghetti and rigatoni meals. Plenty of food except the fish, which was small compared to some other seafood restaurants we visit."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "The ambience is the strong suit, the proprieters always seem to accomodate. Reservations are wise. Varied menu, small appetizers but nice salads and soups. Food is great. We love this place because the ambience always seems to be just right. The bar is quiet but intimate, not "vibrant" but quiet. Great wine. Brick oven for pizza lovers."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I love this restaurant. The food is wonderful. You can order a pizza or a steak or a pasta seafood dish. There are plenty of food choices . I recommend this restaurant and go whenever I am in Half Moon Bay."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Great, high energy restaurant...the music last weekend, (Brazilian stye jazz softly played) was the best they've had. The bread alone is worth the visit. A large menu -- all the guests found a dozen items that they were ready to order. If you really want to talk, ask for seating on the patio (heaters); otherwise enjoy the warm of the interior where conversation is slightly strained but still fairly easy."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Took my boyfriend here for his birthday brunch and I was blown away. We shared the Hawaiian Sweet Bread French Toast (which was the best French toast ive ever had) and also the Eggs Benedict! the Benedict had a polenta cake instead of an English muffin and it was to die for, im going to try to recreate that dish very soon! and the brunch cocktails were absolutely perfect:) Will definitely be back to eat here!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "This place is quaint and has a lot of ambience. The rock wall architecture is exceptional. In general, he menu offers broad choices. The service was attentive and high quality. We had ample space for lunch and to carry on a quite conversation. Pricing was market value. We would definitely return. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is the variety of vegetarian dishes is limited to 2 choices and both have cheeses. 2 of our guests wanted only vegetarian and the restaurant advertises as being vegetarian."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Had the short ribs which were fabulous. My husband had gnocchi and he loved it . Can't wait to go back"
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "You'll feel special the moment you walk in the door! The decor is warm and inviting; the staff is welcoming & appropriately attentive; and the food is beautiful & prepared to perfection, with a contemporary edge. I've enjoyed dinner with a group, lunch with a girlfriend, and a bourbon at the bar. The portions are not gigantic (but, wake up America, we are FAT!) like some chain Italian restaurants, but to be savored and enjoyed over a conversation - romantic or with dear friends."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "My wife and I have dined at It's Italia for many years; it's our "go to" spot on a Saturday night, but have often met friends there for lunch or drinks in the early evening. The quality of the food and the variety of the menu has always been our main attraction, but the ambiance is also a draw. The service provided has been excellent, we've come to know several of the staff by name, and they are familiar with our favorite food & drink which just adds to the experience. I highly recommend dining there when visiting our quaint coastal town!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I had made a reservation for 7:30 and we got there about 15 minutes early as it's hard to predict driving time from San Carlos. My husband had been here once before with my daughter and really enjoyed the outside dining. I was looking forward to trying it. There were 5 of us. Well, I was shocked at how rudely we were treated by the hostess. She told us we were early and would have to wait. However, everyone else who came in after us was quickly seated and we noticed fairly early on that a table for 5 was set up and waiting. Twenty minutes later, another group of 5 showed up and she acted like she were going to show them to that table. I interceded and we were finally seated. The food was average, the waitress good, the hostess terrible."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "My family and I very much enjoyed our dining experience . I definitely would return to try other menu items The Margherita Pizza was fantastic and the Seafood Rizotto did not disappoint. The live music provided a really nice atmosphere and the acoustics were very good (it was not difficult to have a conversation). The Service was impeccable from the moment we arrived to dessert. The entire staff was very accomodating, friendly, and attentive during a busy night."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We have spent a handful of New Year's Eve's in Half Moon Bay, not to mention non-Holiday trips to the coast. It's Italia is one of the first places we book for a special and romantic evening and have also returned for brunch. The service, food, drinks and live music are amazing and extremely consistent. We will continue to return every opportunity we get!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We've been taking short little day trips to Half Moon Bay for years and love the quaint town. The only part lacking was a good place to eat lunch. Not any more now that we found Its Italia. Very very nice place. Great food and service and I would consider the best spot in downtown Half Moon. Menu is great and just need to go more often to try it all. This place you gave to go to."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "It's Italia provided a truly exceptional New Year's Eve experience. Service was outstanding and friendly, beginning with the front of house greeting, attentive wait staff and even a table visit by the Chef. We enjoyed the great selection of wines and drink specials and our Salmon and Scallops dinners were top level. Special DJ music and dancing prevailed on New Year's Eve. We have enjoyed excellent seafood, pasta, pizzas and jazz music during prior visits. It's Italia remains on our premier list of dining destinations in the Bay Area."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "It was the most expensive pizza I ever had in the US even more expensive than in the best pizzerias in New York City..."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Maybe it was New Years Eve, but, the meal was not vey good this time around!!! It was a special menu, somewhat limited. My daughter's fish entree was broiled and overcooked. My filo dough stuffed with veggies was sparse and soggy. Usually, we have had great meals, but this time it was disappointing!!!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "New Years Eve dinner was superb and the service impeccable. Our waitress was knowledgeable, and the menu well planned. A lovely dining experience!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "It's Italia is the best Italian food in HMB. Great location on the main street, easy parking, ambience, helpful people, and a nice patio with a couple of fireplaces for individual tables coupled with the gas heater kept us warm at night, in 45 degree weather. Our waiter was great and helped us get the salmon with different preparation (vegetables) instead of the carbs....Ceasar salad was terrific and the foccacia bread fresh from their ovens. Terrific pizzas as well...."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "always good, a real find. they use locally grown produce and meats to create excellent food."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Tried the burger for the first time. It was wonderful. Juicy and the ciabatta bread was outstanding. We also had salads and our favorite, the pizza with sliced pear."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "Great food and great service. Little noisy because of the live music right in the middle of the dining room, didn't really seem to go with the place."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "We arrived at our reservation and had asked for a table that was away from the door as we had a 10 week old baby with us and didn't want the draft. The hostess said she could not seat us anywhere but near the door. All of the tables that we asked about that were empty she said she had reservations for. The computer had already selected them for the incoming reservations not the people making the reservation, the computer !!?? I had requested this when I made the reservation. She couldn't seem to figure out how to give someone our table and us theirs ! I had also requested in private a candle to go with the desert as a surprise for someone having her B'day and when the desert arrived there was not a candle or anything with it."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Been a loyal client for years. The food is always great and the service is outstanding!!! If you plan to visit, make sure you have a reservation."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Excellent food in a great atmosphere with wonderful service! One of our favorites!"
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "We were a party of six and had a nice experience. It was occasionally hard to hear conversation, but we had been to the restaurant before and knew about the noise levels. Everyone really enjoyed their meals. Several of us had the scallops and thought they were outstanding! Always a favorite with us."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Excellent! Every time we come to this restaurant we leave happy with the wonderful meals, wonderful service, wonderful Bartenders, and wonderful ambiance. This is a "go to" restaurant for sure!"
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "Take it from a local, this is the best Italian along the coast. Excellent menu choices, food and service. We started with the grilled octopus appetizer then followed it up with salmon and boar. All were prepared very well. We highly recommend to anyone who asks."
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "My date and I met at It's Italia. We both enjoyed your delicious food and fantastic service. It is a restaurant we both highly recommend for anyone who is a foodie. I ordered the Swordfish for the first time and absolutely enjoyed it. I will definitely be back."
    Dined on 10/22/2013
  • "Always high standard of food (although my roasted brussels sprouts arrived cold) and a good range of Italian wines. One snitch: they never know if they have a wine in stock and always have to check, which leads to delays. Then you have to be careful that you get what you ask for since the wait staff are n't always well versed in Italian wines. To regulars this becomes an in joke."
    Dined on 10/23/2013