Maurizio Trattoria Italiana
Maurizio Trattoria Italiana

Maurizio Trattoria Italiana

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.maurizioca.com/
  • Phone: 7609427332x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am-3:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday-Thursday: 3:00pm-10:00pm, Friday-Saturday: 3:00pm-10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Lorenzo Lorin
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from Maurizio Trattoria Italiana
Welcome to Maurizio Trattoria Italiana! We have been 17 years in the making, and with a number of Italian staff members, our staff is pleased to maintain the authentic Italian dining experience. Chef Lorenzo, who has been a chef for over a decade and at the restaurant since it opened, is from Firenze, Italy. Maurizio came to Encinitas in 1995 from Varese, Italy, with a love and passion for quality Italian food. In 1996, he met Roberto Vigilucci, owner of the much respected Vigilucci Restaurant Group. Roberto and Maurizio shared the same passion, and with Roberto's help and shared expertise, and the support of Sandro and Sandra Bussolari from Italy, Maurizio took over as owner in 2013. We are excited and honored to continue to bring you the same hospitality, quality food and service that has been delivered in this beautiful location near the beach for years. We look forward to serving you and doing whatever we can to make your dining experience a memorable
one. Buon Appetito!
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Maurizio Trattoria Italiana reviews from OpenTable diners
51 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (33)fit for foodies (25)special occasion (21)romantic (19)notable wine list (14)great for outdoor dining (12)good for groups (10)great for lunch (7)hot spot (5)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Wonderful Italian Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The host is the best host you've ever had, so hospitable. And now he's the owner after having worked here for several years and then purchasing the restaurant. The food it always spot on and its a very authentic quaint Italian ristorante feel so the ambiance is nice if that's what your going for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • just okay
    LarryVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    In a sea of local Italian restaurants I've been searching for a standout. After reading many reviews I went with high expectations. Perhaps too high. The Ceasar salad was presented on the plate as three large leaves of romaine and thus had to cut the leaves into eatable pieces (yes, I'm picky). Main courses consisted of barramundi, mashed potatoes and mixed veggies. The other, chicken piccata, spaghetti and mixed vegetables. The fish was cooked properly but the sauce would have been better suited if it were in a light white wine sauce. The chicken picatta was flavorful yet over cooked. The wait staff and owner were all very attentive & pleasant. While not a standout, this restaurant is on par with its competition.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • the night's special...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I had the evening's special - a sea bass presented presented European style - whole with a wonderful crust! Mauritzio himself came over to demonstrate how to gently take apart a "whole" fish to get to the moist mild white meat within it. And the roast potatoes were almost creamy with mild but delicious herbs and flavorings. Mauritzio himself is very entertaining and hospitable. It was a lovely experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dining with beach atmosphere
    Alison43
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Full Italian menu with the laid back atmosphere of Encinitas. Italian owned and operated. Fantastic food!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • kgstern
    kgstern
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Food was good. Service was a bit slow because they were understaffed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Pleasant friendly place. Food good tho not outstanding. Still probably one of the best in Encinitas.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You are one of the family
    Mamanee
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Excellent food but more importantly we were greeted with a hand shake and exceptional service. The food was amazing and the attention to detail was very appreciated. Gonna be our favorite when we finally move here. Will be back with guests in between.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nights in a row should be telling!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I'm a newbie to Maurizio's….and wow is it great! The four of us enjoyed our experience so well this past Saturday, that I returned with a friend the following night, Sunday (this is true) for a second round of the delicious egg noodles with mushrooms and scallops….. this dish really is that good!! Maurizio the owner is energetic, social, entertaining and seems to really care about his restaurant and that things run smoothly. This is my new favorite neighborhood restaurant!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our New Fav
    DiningDevotee
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I drive by this place often and never realized it changed hands about 10 months ago. Stopped in for a birthday dinner, and had a fabulous time. Here's what they do right: * Fabulous food (don't miss the bolognese or lasagna) * Great Service * Involved, friendly owner Maurizio (made my teens feel welcome & at home -- he treated us like regulars) Here's what they do wrong: * Nothing See you next week, Maurizio!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    A friend of ours recommended Maurizio's and she it right on the food was outstanding the service was great, we had 7:00 pm reservations they said they were running alittle behind, the owner took us to the bar we had cocktails and he offered us an apertizer, which was very nice and after dinner he gave us desert make sure you have reservation great food and drinks and friendly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thought we were in Tuscany
    JSG33
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Except for the overly generous portions, we felt we were dining in a trattoria in Tuscany. Friendly, crowded, noisy environment on a busy Friday night with Italian waiters and host weaving among the guests, brought back many memories. Our reservation was honored within 15 minutes. The bread and salads were very fresh. If the food was slow coming we did not notice because we were completely entertained by staff and just people watching. The sea bass special was perfectly cooked as was the pasta dish. Restaurant appears very popular with many locals as well as tourists. It was a fun evening and the wine recommendations were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Maurizio's for a great experience!
    Kazsez
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Love this wonderful neighborhood Italian. Everything about this restaurant makes for a perfect experience. The location, ambiance, service and food couldn't be more perfect. Maurizio is an excellent manager and owner, making great suggestions for your dining experience and coming by the tables regularly to ensure that everyone is happy. His warm, friendly presence ensures that the servers are at their best and that all his diners are enjoying their evening. The menu offers many of the traditional Italian dishes people have come to know and love, with the addition of other delicious and enticing choices. We love Maurizio and Maurizio's Trattoria Italiana :) The Thompsons...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inviting, delicious & fun
    SeattleNana
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The owner welcomed us and our reserved table was immediately ready even though it was the height of a busy Saturday night. The owner was very helpful with selecting a perfect and most delicious wine. Loved the Caesar salad and veal picatta. The complimentary creme brulee for my friend's birthday was the best I've tasted in years. The owner checked in a few times throughout the evening to ensure we were happy. Can't wait to return to try their fresh pasta as the other diners' dishes looked wonderful. The room is small, but well situated so we were able to speak privately, while enjoying the vitality of the crowd who were obviously all enjoying themselves and their dinners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    GrammaLynn
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Just what we were hoping for tonight. Busy, but from the moment we got there the service was spot on. Four of us and we shared 2 salads and then each ordered a pasta. All were excellently prepared and served with a nice bottle of wine. We're looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and great service!
    jhlsd
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food and service here is great. It is a wonderful authentic Italian dining experience. The menu offers menu options that satisfy everyone. The staff is excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Felt Like I was in South Philly!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This place is like eating in my grandmother's house! The food was great, and the service had an old school charm. Our meals were very good and kept simple to highlight the ingredients...veal in our case. The meatballs were delicious as well. Can't wait to return!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our First Time
    TrueFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This was our first visit but it certainly won't be our last. I had the spaghetti carbonara and it was outstanding with plenty of meat to go with perfectly cooked spaghetti. Very friendly and attentive staff. A nice evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth a Visit
    MinouVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We had a girls night out at Maurizio's and overall we would go back since our entrees were delicious. Unfortunately I can't say the same for the calamari appetizer which came in a red sauce and hardly any calarmari in the dish. The service was poor at best - we got whiplash trying to get someone to serve us water and even take our drink order. It seems that they do not have the part about training their staff, assigning tables and some of the basic service protocols right, but all the same we would go back because the food is good ...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A real treat!
    sirwilliamwallace
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Dinner was exquisite. Fresh pasta, friendly service, and Maurizio is a true restaurateur.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The great food and friendly atmosphere make this a great place for dinner or after-movie meal!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Italian food
    Thea
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This is only our second time at Maurizio's restaurant but it will not be our last. The wine list is great-a wine for everyone and the prices are reasonable. There were 4 of us and we all loved what we ate-especially the squash ravioli. Delish! The cannolis and creme brulee for dessert ends your meal on a high note. And then of course, there is the pleasant and knowledgable wait staff and charming owner Maurizio himself to bring your experience here making you want to come back for more.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Italian Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed the food and service. Will definitely return but will choose indoor seating. Much too hectic and noisy adjacent to the busy intersection. Owner is hands-on and attentive to his guests.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rich
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    First time at the restaurant. The food was tasty but not spectacular. The Cesar salad was a bit on the skimpy side (only two full leafs of Romaine). One entrée was a salmon. The fish was good, but not much in the way of seasoning and not a good value for the $37 price. The other entrée was a pasta Bolognese which had a nice flavor and was at a reasonable price. Wines by the glass were good, but again not spectacular.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    My2cents
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This used to be called Vigiluccis now Maurizio Trattoria Italiana, with the same staff, this location was bought out by Chef Lorenzo who came to california from Italy to learn english 17 years ago, worked most his career at Vigilucci's restaurants and now realized his dream of owning his own.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sandquist2@earthlink.net
    Fred
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We really liked this Italian restaurant. The menu selections were outstanding and the food very flavorable. The service was very attentive. Our only criticism, one common to many restaurants these days, was the noise level. We had difficulty talking and noticed that the owner and his servers also had trouble hearing us when ordering and confiring with others. To really make a greater dining experience, our restautants need to solve this very nasty issue of noise!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    dgcardiff
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The food was absolutely delicious. I had the Cioppino it was just the right level of richness with subtle spiceyness balancing the seafood beautifully. Maurizio is a character and came over to chat with us for a while. Overall a great meal, would definetely recommend.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodie addict
    CHAS
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    This was the best homemade Italian I have had in a long time. The Calamari Misto was cooked crisp, with a great warm sauce . The pappardelle with mushrooms and scallops was fresh with a light but flavorful sauce and the veal marsala was tender and perfectly cooked. We'll be BACK!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible marinara sauce.
    DesertdinerVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Service is spotty, owner is sweet, wine list good, pasta delicious! Definitely worth going if you are in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Gem In Encinitas
    PattiJo32VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    You all remember the Vigilucci's there on PCH in Encintias across from La Paloma? Well, this one has changed a bit. It's now Maurizio Trattoria Italina and it's outstanding. The food was perfect and just the way I like my steak cooked. My husbands pasta had so much flavor, he was even surprised. Service was great, and the atmosphere (with the exception of the lady at the table next to us texting someone incessantly and not turning the annoying ringer off) was really authentic. We will definitely be going back here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 11 reviews are from the Maurizio Trattoria Italiana reviews archive.
  • Excellent italian
    daveVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Authentic italian food is hard to find in these parts, but Maurizio pulls it off. The red sauce here is to die for, good on any of the pastas. Could not stop eating it even when I knew I should. Service is attentive and very italian, like real ialians (mostly) waiting on you. One of us had a filet that was cooked to perfection, and one of the best steaks I have ever had in San Diego. Who would think that an Italian place would have such good meat? Fresh, crisp romaine leaves for the caesar, perfectly fried calamari for an appetizer, and a very good tiramisu to finish it all off. Hopefully, not a lot of people will discover this place so I can have it to myself!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great but slow
    ArchmomVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We really enjoyed our evening at Maurizio and will go back. Don't know if it was an unusually busy Saturday, but the service was very slow. My husband and I were there for almost two hours - at least a half hour longer than the meal should have taken. Our waiter was wonderful and apologized for the slowness, but that needs to be addressed.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Who would have known....
    highexpectationsVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Always searching for the diamond in the rough, we jumped on the freeway and traveled about 50 miles to see if the reviews were spot on. As you enter, Maurizo greats you with a friendly handshake. The restaurant is charming, bright and well laid out. Our server Angelo was the best; not to mention they had more table servers than I have ever seen. The food and menu were amazing. We had the prosciutto bruschetta a 10, the stuffed artichocke hearts a 9, two half orders of pasta and the veal parmigiana! The only rub might be the gnocci. I don't think it was home made but the delicious pomodoro sauce more than made up for it. So if you are looking for a new friendly restaurant with spectacular food at a reasonable price try Maurizo's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    kisfanVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Neither the food nor service were as good as the former Vigilucci's. The person who seemed to be in charge (presumably, Maurizio) was obnoxious. I can't imagine returning.... too many good restaurants in the area.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TeacherVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Hours should be extended after 10PM and have some music and appetizer dishes. The lighting was beautiful, food excellent. Also expand the menu. There was no baked eggplant on it and include some chicken soup w pasta.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing find
    dedeVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    I checked Open Table for a good dinner spot at 8 pm and found Maurizio's. We walked in and were warmly greeted by the staff and Maurizio. The wine list was great was great. So we had some wine and an appetizer of carpaccio while we chatted with the owner. Our meal was excellent and very authentic Italian. My husband raved about his seafood pasta and my risotto was to die for. I can't wait to return for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My In Laws are from Rome
    CarlsbadSeven
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I took my in laws out for Mother's Day this year. They have very discerning taste and are highly perceptive on service quality. They uniformly gave Maurizio's five stars. I loved the food too but I asked them why they loved the food so much. The both agreed it was the ingredients. My Mother in Law pointed out the quality of olive oil, fresh spices, cheese, meat and fish. She is an incredible cook too so for her to rave it really had to be good. I think many restaurants in North County try to get by with lower quality ingredients but that is not Maurizio's. They really take a great deal of care to make the dining experience unforgettable. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • week-night birthday dinner
    Francophiles
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    We liked Maurizio's story and yes he was there chatting with guests. The place seems very Italian and the food was very good - special was seabass with potatoes and our other entree was the shrimp scampi Livornese over grilled polenta - we enjoyed both. Nice touch - a candle on my dessert and it was on the house, for my birthday. Quiet place but enough patrons on a Tuesday night. Waiter was older, Italian, attentive and knowledgeable but could have smiled more! He got our glasses of wine mixed up. Nice outdoor sidewalk tables for warmer weather. Cozy ambiance inside. Seems like the furniture is left over from the prior restaurant, Vigilucci's - a tad worn. Hope the restaurant does well. All in all a nice addition to downtown Encinitas!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delizioso
    FabFoodie
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    My cousin and her family were in town so we met for dinner at Maurizio's. They were highly impressed with everything. As usual, the food was amazing and the staff is great. It always reminds me of my trips to Italy!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience!
    Claudz
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Service was outstanding! Food was authentic! Owner was very friendly and the heatlamps outside actually keep you warm! It was very relaxing, and it almost seems as if the waitors fight over helping you!! I ordered the pesto with pine nuts, and it was delish!! I only spent $25 (including a generous tip)
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New gem in Encinitas! Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    New gem in Encinitas! Great old style Italian with a very personable owner. Would go back again!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate