There is no one in this valley that can top this Italian food!!
6/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Gourmet Italia Superb!
We dine here at least once a week because we crave their delicious food and love their company.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Italian Food
Great Father's Day meal! We enjoyed unique salads and delicious pasta dishes. The service was attentive. This was our first visit, but it won't be our last.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We celebrated Father's Day here. The service was very attentive and good. The food did not disappoint. Some of us had items from the menu, others chose one of their specials. The Lobster Ravioli was delicious and very tasty. Portion were generous. Salad was great, and the bread was equally scrumptious. All in all everyone was satisfied and pleased with their meal. Would definitely visit again.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Italian Restaurant in Temecula
Our party of four dined at Gourmet Italia during our visit to Temecula Wine Country. Are we happy we did!! Fantastic food and service! You will think you are in Italy!! The staff is extremely friendly and very accommodating. The ambiance was perfect. Our server Nora was a delightful professional that delivered excellent service and made us feel welcome and at home. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone that appreciates great Italian food and is looking for an incredible and unforgettable dining experience.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is exactly what we were expecting, based on the reviews we had read. The service was nicely paced for us, since we had elected this restaurant for a long lunch to talk about a forthcoming cruise. Definitely a keeper for a similar return to Temecula.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Italian in Temecula
Went in with a party of 8 and got seated right away. Food was for the most part excellent although the veal was a little tough. Good wine list with many local wines. Service was outstanding, Angelo is the best.
6/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Don;t be put off by the outside of the restaurant, which is in a strip center and does not look like much. Inside there are two large rooms and a small bar which are inviting and comfy. This is a family owned place that has been here for over 14 years and serves authentic Southern Italian food, most of which is made on the premises. We were celebrating a special anniversary and the owner came over to say congrats and presented us with probably the best tiramisu ever! All the food was great and the service, although a tad slow, was caring and personal. We would recommend this gem without reservation (although you will need one to get in!).
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
What an oasis!
Alex really knows how to make you feel at home whether you are a regular or a newbie! His food is fantastic, his service from the guys is divine and love the Italian ambiance everywhere! It's all good! Food is so fresh and amazing, wine is awesome! This is a must see for all Temecula residents and visitors!
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed every minute.
From the outside you will think it's a hole in the wall. The inside is quaint, charming and very cozy. The food was amazing and the service was outstanding. We celebrated my parents Anniversary and they brought them a slice of terimasu (not sure of the spelling) with a special anniversary wish in chocholate. Can't wait to go back.
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
A little gem in Temecula. Will definitely be back.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Must Go
Our experience was simply fantastic. Located in a small strip mall type environment the front was most obscure and one would reasonably walk past without recognizing as a restaurant. We couldn't have been more wrong. A quaint, somewhat romantic, dining room that was appropriately decorated and musically toned. Our server, Jenny, was absolutely superb. Personality, menu knowledge, timely table visits made her one that must remain in their employ. Our meals were prepared to total satisfaction. My spouse enjoyed the Chilean Bass and I had the Fusilli al Filetto. to top off a great meal our server recommended a bottle of the owner's personally grown Cabernet Sauvignon. A wonderful experience and we will do it again..
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
It's not often that a strip
It's not often that a strip mall contains a great restaurant but in this case it is the exception to the rule. The food was very good and the service was friendly and attentive in spite of the greater number of customers. I wish my appetite was larger that night to try one of the specials - black pasta (made with squid ink) and scallops; The only other time I saw a similar dish on a menu was at a restaurant in Rome. Since the owners here are from Sicily I am sure it would have had a Sicilian twist. At night when it's dark it's easy to find this restaurant because of the neon roof sign; but during the early evening hours the small non-illuminated sign at the door may prove challenging - keep trying and you will be glad you did.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
As always this little gem comes through with outstanding food and service. The black ink pasta reminded me of back in Italy when my aunt use to make for me.( May her sole rest in piece.) And the wild bore chops were to die for. Angelo you did it again!!!!!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I made the reservation for my wife's birthday, but there was no mention of it at the restaurant ? I am very disappointed .
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Authentic Italian in beautiful
Authentic Italian in beautiful Temecula valley. Alex as always charming, specials were varied and offered alternatives such as ostrich and wild boar chops. Great selection of wines.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed the oods and wine
We enjoyed the oods and wine a lot. We will come back this restaurant again.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
First off you will need to bring a flashlight or a really bright phone to read the menu. Secondly our server was an authentic italian man which was great for the ambiance but could not understand a word he said. The food was mixed. I had the black ink pasta with acallops which was amazing. I would totally order that again next time. But my boyfriend got the veil with lemon capers and it came with penne tomato pasta which was less than pleasing. The veil was chewy and was caked in some sort of uncooked batter texture. Overall we would go back but try a different dish. Get the black ink pasta with scallops!! Its a must have.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have had 2 very delicious meals here. Everything we had was prepared well. Very good value for the price. Nice restaurant, very good service.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great local place
We come here whenever we're in Temecula and sometimes make the half hour drive from our home. Good food by real Italians. We enjoy it each time.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delightful Strip-mall find
This is an excellent find tucked away in a strip mall that even our car's navigation system ha trouble finding. Not much to look at from the outside. But inside you immediately get the close family feel of the staff. The table arrangements don't allow for much intimacy since adjoining tables are in close proximity to each other and the noise can be a problem for conversation. However, the menu selections and nightly specials are very nice. My wife and I both enjoyed the Osso Bucco that was done to perfection. We also enjoyed a fine bottle of wine from their extensive local (Temecula Valley); other California; as well as other international selections. The value received for the dining experience was better than expected.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a great little Italian restaurant in Temecula! The food was delicious and we loved our server. Our server was very knowledgeable about the food and Italian wines. He was also very attentive and had a great sense of humor. Dining here made us feel like we were back in Italy.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a find in the desert
Our waiter, Giuseppe, took time to chat with us, even though the place was packed and he was busy. He ran down the specials for the night, and when I heard "White Boar" I knew I had to have that. My wife, not too hungry, had the salad with the wine-poached pear and walnuts, arugula, and gorgonzola. Excellent. The boar was two large ribs, cooked to perfection, with a puree of (I forget now -- potatoes or other root vegetables?), chard, and a risotto that was fabulous. I usually don't care too much for risotto -- too much food, and not enough variety. But this was exceptional. My wife said she would have ordered a plate with it instead of the salad, she liked it so much. It had mushrooms, parmagiana, and lots of other good things.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
best restaurant/italian food ever!!
I'm not even to sure what else to say about gourmet italia other than the best italian food I have ever had!!!! My wife is half italian and has grown up eating italian her whole life and she says its just like home and better. We have been to many italian cuisine s and non can match or top this place. ITS A MUST GO!!!! if you live close to temecula or in you have to go. Our next spot will be their pizzeria where they have an nice bar area. I'm sure it will be just as good. If they have the filet mignon special with mushroom rissoto you have to get. We will soon become regulars there. I'm 25 years old and wife is 25 as well. If you are that age and want a beautiful fine dining experience. Goooo!!!!
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Food and Atmosphere
Quite the neighborhood gem! The food and service was outstanding. I'll be back again. In fact I aready booked a new reservation.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have dined here several
We have dined here several times and this may have been the best. The food was just outstanding and the service was perfect./.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was back in Sicily!!
A wonderful evening with Guiseppe. He recommended dishes that made our meal superb. I felt I was back I. Our home town of .Ragusa!!! Fresh, excellent quality produce. The best veal we have tasted in a long time!! Our Nero d'avola completed the Sicilianf flavours. Then to our surprise this excellent waiter surprised us with fresh canoli!!! Al ost as good as Nonna's!!!
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was very good. The service excellent. The atmosphere friendly, yet intimate. A little on the pricey side, so I would not be able to go as often as we might like, but now and then and for special occasions...super!
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Caesar Salad was Amazing
This is a terrific restaurant and I only discovered it because of OpenTable. I don't live in the area so searched via Open Table, I did discover it is a favorite of the locals. Food was delicious, service perfect. I am looking for an excuse to go back to Temecula just so I can eat here again. Like my title says THE BEST CAESAR SALAD IN THE WORLD!
9/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
A great experience!!
What a great dining experience. I picked Gourmet Italia based on the reviews on Open Table and I was not disappointed. We sensed we were in for a great meal as soon as we walked in and the wonderful aroma greeted us. Our waiter, Angelo, made us feel like we were regulars and part of the family immediately. If you're lucky enough to have him serve your group, I'd say definitely take his recommendations - they will not disappoint. Our party of four all loved our meals and we've been talking up Gourmet Italia ever since. If you're in the Temecula area definitely make this a destination; I'll be back the next time we're wine tasting in the area.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
So happy we found you through yelp and trip advisor. We were not disappointed! Looking forward to our next trip to Temecula so we can enjoy dinner again!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous Italian Food!
The food here was excellent. Had beef carpaccio as appetizer and it was excellent. Had a fantastic veal parm, very tender and perfect taste. Others in my party had salmon, which was a special that night, and they loved it! Another had the filet mignon, came perfectly cooked as ordered and was reportedly outstanding. We shared a desert, it too was very good. Service was attentive and prompt. The wine we ordered was a special blend made specifically for the restaurant. Very, very good. I loved the atmosphere, felt European. There was a live band and they were very good. My only negative is that it was very noisy between the music and the chatter.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
excellent food, great service,
excellent food, great service, can't wait to have a chance to return
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
A little hole in the wall Italian Restaurant. Been here a few times and amazes me how great the food is and how excellent the service is. Alex the owner is always there and greets you and makes you feel special almost like family. It's a low ceiling candle lit dinning that makes this place perfect for romantic nights. I had the filet minion that melted in my mouth every single bite. Leave room for dessert the Tera misu is to die for. I come here every year for our wedding anniversary. Love this place.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wine tasting weekend
The food was outstanding. The service is, how can I say this, very European. We were seated right away but sat for at least 25 minutes until we were offered water. Finally I caught the waiter and then we finally got things going. One waiter came by and asked for our menus before we had ordered. Two "friends" of the restaurant were seated next to us and got taken care of immediately.
I would describe the wait staff to be arrogant. Can't recommend based on poor service.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service. Great food. Very romantic ambiance!
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food is very good
We visited this place when we are on vacation last year and had to return this year. The owner is always very happy so it's a fun place. The food and service did not disappoint this year either. The lasagne is great.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place
This is a small café style restaurant with great ambience has a great feel
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Strip mall super find
What a wonderful find; a fantastic truly authentic Italian restaurant located in a strip mall. Don't let the exterior fool you; the inside is warm and inviting and the aromas mouth watering. The food was beyond delicious; the wait staff extremely eager to please; I would heartily recommend this restaurant and will definitely return when in the area.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious and authentic
Our dinner was delicious, the service outstanding. Four of us ordered four different pasta dishes and all were outstanding. We also enjoyed two bottles of the restaurant's own red wine. Overall a great dinner. We will be back.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Nice Place
We loved this little restaurant. The staff and the food were outstanding. We have family in that area and we went to visit and tried this by chance, it was a great pick and we have recommended this place to family and friends in the area that did not know where it was.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a good choice cannot go wrong... Good food & nice service.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is fantastic , service was great. This is a must in Temecula.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
We were in town for the weekend and asked our hotel for a good referral for Italian food. and they recommended Gourmet Italia. There was only an answer machine that was taking reservations so we left a message. As we were driving, I called to confirm and the restaurant never got the reservation message. However, a lovely lady with a beautiful Italian accent answered the phone and said she would try to fit us in. The lady was beyond lovely and did manage to seat our party of 7 within 30 minutes and we were able to enjoy a wonderful meal.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food but restaurant
Excellent food but restaurant got slammed with people and apparently they weren't prepared as service was poor.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Gluten Free pasta with seafood
Gluten Free pasta with seafood was amazing! It was full of mussels and clams....sauce was really delish!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love the ambience of this
I love the ambience of this restaurant and the food is authentic italian. The chicken marsala is the best I've had. This restaurant is just wonderful and would highly recommend!
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Italian food in the IE!
We love going to GI and seeing Alex and company...every visit makes you feel like you are coming home again! We shared the Caesar salad and the spaghetti ameritriciana (our new favorite pasta dish!)...also shared a bottle of Alex's house-made red wine from grapes grown on Alex's estate in De Luz. Always a great time, love all the wait staff, they take such good care of you! We'll be back soon!
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
This restaurant had been recommended to us by our realtor. We finally got a chance to try it. The food was excellent, and the prices reasonable. Probably not suitable for very young children.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Authentic Italian Cuisine
I'm kind of a foodie. I'm a self taught recreational cook (not a chef-never took a cooking class). Started learning to cook by watching Julia Child in Black and White. I'd say I'm a better cook than most. The food here is fantastic. I've been there twice, and if I can convince my girlfriend (she's a girl, she's my friend) from Buffalo to visit I'll be back more often. I intend to try something different each time I visit.
12/7/2013 4:00:00 PM