Great night out!Everything was great! We tried the beef carpaccio, swordfish carpaccio, and caprese salad for appetizers and they were all fabulous. The bread was super fresh and the entree were delicious. Service was fantastic and the cocktails were fun.
My only complaint would be the heat. We were under a fan so it was bearable but the place was still pretty warm.
Thanks for a marvelous night!6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMSo underratedI've been to Ottavio several times now and the food is consistently excellent. When my father insisted on bringing me 'real' food after I had my baby boy, Ottavio's Seafood Bigoli was my request (my husband is in love with their Wild Boar Sugo.) We eat out a lot, and this is definitely one of the best restaurants in Walnut Creek. I don't know why this place isn't busier than it is - it should be slammed every weekend, just like Va de Vie. I love to see small, family-run businesses like this succeed, so I tell everyone about it. It really is worth trying - you won't be disappointed.5/29/2013 12:00:00 AMItalian Gem in Walnut CreekGreat place many people have missed because they didn't see it. Tucked into the space next to the Stadium Pub is a quiet, intimate dining space offering amazing Northern Italian food. Highly recommend the wild boar sugo. The special flavored sodas are a great accompaniment if you don't opt for a wine from their small, but select list. Choose a window seat for people watching or back in the restaurant for a quieter, more private dining option.5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMA taste of Italy in Walnut CreekWe are always happy when we dine at Ottavio. Truly, the food brings us back to some of the best meals we've had in Italy. We particularly like the appetizers and salads and often order several and make a meal of them for the 2 of us. The wait staff is very helpful and attentive. And it's pleasantly quiet....not one of those places where you have to lean in to hear what your companion is saying.5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat as ever. Food twiceGreat as ever. Food twice as good and half the cost as Prima which is only 1/2 block away.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellentThe roasted duck and polenta was delicious. I have already recommended Ottavio to all of my friends.5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food is delicious, serviceThe food is delicious, service very good and the ambiance very pleasant. I will definitely return and recommend to my friends.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMFamily GemWe were there for mothers day, and my children were surprised how good and fresh the food especially the nocchi5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMbest italian place in walnut creek!Good and interesting menu nice ambiance, and good loocation. I found the dishes and preparation were interesting and very well prepared, this contrasts with the sameness of many italian places. Its actually hard to find good quality restaurant food in Walnut Creek and we appreciate this place.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMas ever, simply greatBasic Italian faire executed with skill and imagination. We love this place.4/29/2013 12:00:00 AMTHe foof was just about theTHe foof was just about the best I have ever had,very rich and filling so I had enough left for lunch the next day4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMFabulous restaurant. ConsistentlyFabulous restaurant. Consistently very good! Food is excellent!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMExceeding ExpectationsOnce again we returned to Ottavio with high expectations for an exceptional meal and as expected, we were delighted! We shared the first course of house cured meats then embarked on a wonderful sturgeon carpaccio. The main courses were memorable including the papardelle with wild boar, Kobe Beef medallions with roasted vegetables, and grilled veal chop(this is a must and we keep returning for this signature dish!)A light panacotta with fresh blackberries was the perfect finish to another memorable meal.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMDined here for a birthdayDined here for a birthday with a couple of friends. Food, service all outstanding!4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is our first time inThis is our first time in the restaurant and we were glad we were not disappointed. The service wa great and the food was excellent.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMWent with good friends andWent with good friends and enjoyed a superb meal. Ambience and service was excellent, and it was quiet enough even on a Saturday night, for good conversation.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMWe absolutely loved Ottavio.We absolutely loved Ottavio. The service was wonderful and the food was delicious!4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and excellent service,Great food and excellent service, enjoyed a special dinner with my friend, we will definitely be back!3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways a very enjoyable eatingAlways a very enjoyable eating experience. The starters are particularly special. Friendly and inviting.3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMHidden Gem!Ottavio was delicious! Having read the wonderful reviews, we booked dinner here to celebrate our first date night out post-baby for my husband's birthday. Everything was great from the food to the service, and we especially loved the burrata dish with housemade charcuterie. Although my gnocchi was great, I also had major food envy watching dishes come out of the kitchen and look forward to exploring other menu items soon. We'll be back!3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMUnusual menu. OutstandingUnusual menu. Outstanding food. Not your typical Italian restaurant. Great friendly service.3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMAs always, it is outstandingAs always, it is outstanding and the best in the area. This place makes it hard to decide to go anywhere else because why miss a meal here for something that cannot be as good.3/9/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Italian Grub in Walnut CreekWe were in town for a sporting event ( our team lost, unfortunately), but This I place was the highlight. Incredible Italian food at very reasonable prices. The service was excellent as well, and great wines by the glass. If you find yourself anywhere nearby, do yourself a favor and eat here. The pasta with seafood is outstanding, and my wife loved the pork chop. Everything is fresh and good. Enjoy.2/23/2013 12:00:00 AMOnce again...TO DIE FOR!Once again...TO DIE FOR! The lamb with citrus/pomegranate sauce was sublime. Always something amazing here. The regular menu items never disappoint either. Can't go wrong with the smoked pork chop!2/9/2013 12:00:00 AM