Lago Di Como
Lago Di Como

Lago Di Como

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://lagodicomoristorante.com/
  • Phone: (831) 454-8257
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday 8:00am - 2:00pm
    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday 11:30am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday, Tuesday -Thursday 5:00pm-9:30pm

    Dinner: Friday & Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Giovanbattista Spanu
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: If you have an event that you would like catered, please give us a call to discuss options, scheduling, and details!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 15th Avenue
  • Public Transit: Bus stops in front
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Lago Di Como
Italian and Pizzeria Restaurant in Santa Cruz.
We serve authentic Italian food made from scratch using fresh ingredients! Warm atmosphere for a special night out or casual dinner with family.

Close to the ocean, we are located on East Cliff Dr. on the corner of 15th Ave. (between the harbor and 17th Ave.)
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Lago Di Como reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (31)fit for foodies (26)special occasion (15)good for groups (9)notable wine list (8)romantic (8)kid-friendly (7)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (2)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Best Italian Restaurant in Santa Cruz
    Sherice
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We had a great meal. The salmon was delicious and cooked to perfection. I tried the swordfish special which was incredible. It was served on top of their roasted potatoes and pesto. They just put in a pizza oven and their crust is perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic in every detail
    Dalerici
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Spoke Italian with the waiter and earned a free dessert! Party of four started with calamari. The real deal, not just rings. Five plates, four were excellent. The chicken scallopini just so-so. I would recommend Lago di Como to anyone familiar with authentic Northern Italian cuisine. Dinner for four with tip was $150. A little pricey for Santa Cruz but a special occasion treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's hard to find Italian food....
    Katy44921VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    that I like outside of San Francisco or New York! This place was wonderful from the prosciutto & burratta to the pasta, tiramisu & cappuccino! Loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good Dinner
    rutoyoutoo
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    In Santa Cruz to visit our college student and wanted a nice dinner. Food was very good, our waiter Marco was OUTSTANDING. Our eyes were bigger than our stomachs but we managed to eat a lot! their portions are very reasonable and the prices are as well. We each had a antipasti, main course, glass of wine, and shared a dessert for under $50 @ (before tip)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely!
    Deesetme
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Very nice, good authentic food, adorable waiter (Marco). Must try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I would go back
    RetiredeaterVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I spent three years in Naples, Italy and although the food is not that, it's pretty good. Service was excellent, they had some decent Italian wines on the menu and gave a decent pour by the glass. I had a special, veal ravioli with pancetta and sage butter. It was quite delicious. My son ate a seafood linguine that was also very good. Definitely a place worth visiting and a place I'd go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gin
    Ginn
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I am there for the FOOD. Excellent Italian!!! I had the Parm risotto with Petrale sole, lightly batter fried,on top, and it was scrumptious. The risotto was perfectly done (not too--a mite crunchy) or al dente. The sauce was perfect. I am going back and back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian food..!
    Soares1207
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Really enjoyed this restaurant. Food was great and was very authentic Italian..! We sat at the bar and our server, Cameron, was great..! Tiramasu was very good...
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great italian
    CW5510
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Wonderful place for some vry good northern italian dishes and the server was very friendly. not a cheap place however. Out side patio subject to a little street noise but inside very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Authentic Italian Cuisine
    FoodieQueen
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We had a wonderful experience here. Our server, Matt (Mateo), was super friendly and attentive. He provided some helpful suggestions about the menu, as we were so undecided. I had the special - Giovanni's Lasagne, which was very good. The tiramisu is really good! Save room for it! The restaurant is very loud when it's full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't get enough of Lago Di'Como
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Found Lago Di' Como about a year ago and honestly have found ourselves eating here a couple nights in a row. Food very fresh, Authentic and always, always GREAT! Consistant. I highly recommend. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food & fresh ingredients.
    CAishome
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My husband and I shared a delicious appetizer and had different entrees. We enjoyed everything. Would be nice if their bar included cocktails, but it is wine and beer only.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and Staff Fabulous
    LagodiComo123
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I always feel like I'm on a mini vacation in Italy. Food is prepared to perfection and Staff is very, very accommodating. Love their wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Almost like being at Lake Como
    UpfromSantaCruz
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Very authentic Italian restaurant. The lasagna had a great blend of cheese, veal and beef. The fish was fresh and coked to perfection. This will be our new go-to Italian restaurant for the Santa Cruz area. Giovanni, the owner and chef, came out to visit with us between the appetizer and main course. Very attentive wait staff, job well done!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Recommended by a friend. It was great. Had a birthday dinner for 5 people. Very reasonable. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Food
    foodnfun
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My husband and I came here hungry for great Northern Italian food and we found it! We had the gnocchi formaggm and it melted in our mouths. He had the Veal with porcini Mushrooms and I had the SeaBass special cooked whole with head and tail and skin. Both were delicious! Giovanni, the owner, was warm and welcoming - he even came to our table to help me fillet the fish! Conversation continued from there. Our waiter, Matt, was attentive, helpful, fun and friendly. We felt like we were part of the extended family! A fun and relaxing evening of food. I highly recommend Lago di Como.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Squid Ink Linguine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was quite good, the staff attentive but not intrusive, and the ambiance was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommend!
    Roni
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had a wonderful meal with both the Branzino and Spaghetti Bolognese. Our waiter Matt was very attentive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre at best
    R1048VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We love Italian food and have been spoiled with the best! This restaurant is ok- the food is not great but it's not bad either. The service was really bad but that may have been our waiter who was new and quite forgetful. I wouldn't recommend this place.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JackieVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Very friendly , welcoming staff. Yummy menu, generous portions. Will definitely make this a regular stop for dinner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice little local Italian spot
    Scfoodie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We went here for my daughters birthday. The waitor was great. Very attentive and very Italian. The pasta dishes seemed to be their strong point. I want to go back and try the pizza. I had the veal scallopini and it was ok. The mushroom glaze was like gravy and the seasonal veggies were just broccoli and carrots. In the middle of summer I expect something more creative.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An unexpected and pleasant surprise
    Dave
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Have lived in Santa Cruz 40 years and did not know about this little restaurant (it hasn't been here that long!). This is a small, neighborhood type place with great food. The wine list is not extensive but adequate; they did have a hard to find Italian white at a price much lower than I recently paid in San Francisco. The location is close to the water but unfortunately not on the water, so there is little ambience of note to recommend it. But, if you are a fan of northern Italian cuisine at a reasonable price I certainly do recommend Lago di Como.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Aptosdiner
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Server knowledgeable with complete menu items. Recommendations were a hit with our party of four. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable. Looking forward to next visit to try the other dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BDberk
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Excellent food and wine list at a reasonable price. Waitress was excellent also A little out of the way, but we'd go again
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unknown Gem
    Jane
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Exceptional food. Generous portions of burrata w/ top notch procuitto & flavorful tomatoes. Best dinner - cachucha (cioppino) with amazing broth. Quiet atmosphere prior to 7:30 when it fills up
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fundiner
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Enjoyed a well prepared and delicious dinner. Our server was attentive but not intrusive, knowledgeable about the menu and the wine, and very friendly. I tried their special salad, mixed greens and fresh tomatoes which was perfectly dressed, ample, and but not heavy and the vegan pizza which was little light on vegetables but still very good. I tried the special wiine flight of Italian whites, finding them each delightful. I will go again and have already recommended it to friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 78 reviews are from the Lago Di Como reviews archive.
  • Italian Inergy
    Lunching
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We've been to Lago Di Como a handful of times and always order something new. The food is wonderful. The place is small and friendly with a great staff. Definitely a neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delicious
    LocalYokel
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We've been to Lago di Como half a dozen times now. Each time we've had outstandingly delicious food. Hubby loves the steak; he's a steak nut and says it's consistently the best he's ever had. I've loved every pasta dish I tried. Had an excellent pizza one night--nice, thin crust with tasty prosciutto--yum! Not heavy or greasy. The staff is always cheerful and personable. Our kids love it too, which is saying a lot. Give it try! You won't be sorry.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not good
    Dlorah
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Over the past 6 months both the food and service has declined. A long wait for the waiter at one time. A dish touting prawns had only 4 tiny shrimp.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Almost perfect..
    SCfoodie
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food was tasty, hot, and the perfect quantity. Our server did a very good job of handling several tables that were seated at the same time. We opted to sit outside because there was a LARGE birthday party inside, and we knew it would be loud. It was a good thing we did, because in fact they were so loud that we even heard them outside! I would not recommend the restaurant under those conditions, and won't stay if we see that there is a large celebration going on the next time we go. Otherwise, I highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food from North of Italy
    SunnyCovefriend1
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This Santa Cruz restaurant is a delightful alternative to American influenced Italuan restaurants. The food is fresh, with wonderful, authentic flavors. The chef from the Lake Como area is inventive and the food is delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We live nearby. We reserved online. Our table wasn't ready. We waited a long time to be greeted by our waiter, and waited a long time before he came to take our order.....we were getting impatient. We had the pasta pescadore.The pasta overdone the sauce was salty.The Insalata Pomodori e Cipolle had very thick and not particularly flavorful tomatos and was nothing special. Cavatelli was an unappealing presentation, slightly soggy. We asked three different people for the check without success. The hostess finally came again and then remembered we wanted our check. Cute place, authenic accents, mediocre food and very slow and inattentive service. We wont be back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We Love it
    pepper
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We love you restaurant and have had very good service, great food and wine every time that we visit you. We do tell our friends what good food you provide and that we always get great service never a bad meal or poor service and I can tell you that in Santa Cruz that is saying a lot, and I have live here my whole life.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cujo613
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Great service great food. Food was prepared perfectly, atmosphere was perfect will definitely be back
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Italian from an Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Lovely find in the avenues of Santa Cruz. Food is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious and Made with Love
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Every dish we have enjoyed has been fresh, with superbly balanced flavors. We love the caprese and caesar salads. The pasta dishes are delicious and the fish is always cooked to perfection. The chocolate soufflé is the bomb. The hostess and wait staff are both friendly and professional and the chef is an artist.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bella
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We were comfortable the minute we sat down at our table. I was with my granddaughter and we talked full time. Our service was way above average, never intrusive but always there when we needed help. We are both foodies, knowledgable about food and enjoyed our meal immensely. Will always return. Thank you all for your hard work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bill
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The food was good, the service was fast and friendly, and attentive. A very pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, needs house tune up.
    3Diners
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    My food was very good. After being asked by the server how everything was, a friend let her know that she did not care for her saffron fish raviolis. She had taken one bite. The server said "sorry" and left. That was it. We wondered why she asked us in the first place how everything was. A few minutes later the friend called her back over and ordered another entre. Getting a refill on water seemed almost impossible. I finally got my own and the water person apologized. The restaurant was also very hot but otherwise very pleasant for people who like to hear each other talk. Nice music was playing in the background.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Overall a lovely dining experience for us as we celebrated our daughter's birthday. A little disappointed that the birthday wasn't noted by anyone, though. Salads were delicious and 2 of 3 entrees--fish-filled ravioli with saffron sauce and the penne with bolognese--were both delicious and noteworthy; my "special" spaghetti with mussels & seafood in a light red sauce was very ordinary and not worthy or mention, unfortunately. Expected more complicated flavors... Service was very attentive yet unobtrusive which makes for a good server. We will definitely return.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.