Trattoria Fantastica
Trattoria Fantastica

Trattoria Fantastica

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.trattoriafantastica.com/
  • Phone: 6192341735
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday-Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have an outdoor patio that can seat up to 50 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Lexi Pallozzi 6192341735
  • Entertainment: Thursday and Sunday evenings - live acoustic guitar
    Friday and Saturday evenings - live keyboard music

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Date
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Trattoria Fantastica
Many restaurants in Little Italy have become destinations, among them the Busalacchi family's Trattoria Fantastica. The rustic décor features a relaxed country-style feel throughout the restaurant, including the delightful patio. The wonderfully welcoming atmosphere celebrates yet another delicious Sicilian food lineup, including pizzas and all that you would expect from an authentic Italian menu. The terrific entrées show the Sicilian influence, and fill the restaurant with great aromas.

We would love to hear your feedback on your experience.
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Trattoria Fantastica reviews from OpenTable diners
29 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (15)good for groups (14)neighborhood gem (13)kid-friendly (10)special occasion (10)great for lunch (9)fit for foodies (8)romantic (7)late-night find (6)great for brunch (4)notable wine list (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Ive been to this restaurant
    GreenEyedGirl
    Dined on 5/19/2013
    Ive been to this restaurant for many years, infact, have enjoyed the families many restaurants time and again! My family and I visited on the day of an Italian Festival, which are always a lot of fun but very hectic. That didn't seem to change how the service, food, ambience, etc was handled... infact, we had one of the best times on that afternoon! The scenic view I checked because its of the bustling street in front as there are always people strolling by, groups of the ol' time locals hanging out to chat, cars parked and folks stopping to admire the classic beauties, etc. Overall, well done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aimed at tourists I think
    HappyDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    San Diego's "Little Italy" is too little and not enough Italian! Likewise, Trattoria Fantastica was not so fantastico. While the staff was very kind, the food seemed like a half hearted attempt to rise slightly above Olive Garden. Having grown up in Boston where our North End truly is a Little Italy rife with real Italians and authentic cooking and ambiance, this experience was a much watered down American version.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Family and friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/7/2013
    Had dinner with family from out of country. Good food,good wine, good time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice restaurant
    joce
    Dined on 5/5/2013
    Service was great, food was very good. Very nice place in Little Italy
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great diiner spot
    SDFoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    Had a lovely family dinner. Food and service were wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little Italy italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2013
    Great food - great service. The entertainment was good, but way too loud - could not hear
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a small group of women
    Fun4All
    Dined on 5/3/2013
    We had a small group of women for a girls' night out and we had a wonderful time. Service was excellent and everyone's food was fabulous! I will defintely recommend the restaurant to others and come back again soon. Music was upbeat and festive, we didn't want to leave.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    Crazy4foodVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2013
    A wonderful place with an excellent staff. We will definitely go ack again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gnocchi with pesto, order it!
    GavinVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    Food was excellent, actually a large portions we took food home which is rare these day but nice. Service was iffy, not terrible but not great, but the food made up for it for sure. Will definitely be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had a really great time here.
    Sean
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    Had a really great time here. Was looking for a nice place to take my family out as they were in from out of town and what a great choice I made. Food was good, big portions and great seasoned bread and dipping oil. Will definitely dine there again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food In Little Italy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/4/2013
    This was my first time here. The food was great, large portions, the salad was very fresh. The noise level got to be a bit high, but other than that this was a fun dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was OK , Had to send
    EC45
    Dined on 3/20/2013
    Food was OK , Had to send back 2 chicken parm becuase it was burn't. The shining star was the service!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food in little Italy.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/19/2013
    Good food in little Italy. Excellent service and reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A very Italian place with good food
    VissidarteVIP
    Dined on 3/17/2013
    Zino, the waiter, is a stand-up comedy act! He mixed up my food order and brought not only one check but minutes later a second one! He came across as rough and grumpy but later on reveal his charm by kissing my hand as I left.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner was fantastic and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/10/2013
    Dinner was fantastic and service excellent! We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • In the heart of Little Italy,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    In the heart of Little Italy, a great Italian restaurant. Great service, great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cesar salad was ok but the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    Cesar salad was ok but the entrees were very good. The wine list included reasonable choices as well as pricy picks. The service was excellent and the waiter knowledgable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We planned to eat her with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    We planned to eat her with our college daughter and her boyfriend Friday night. My daughter and her boyfriend arrived first and said the waitress was very rude to them. We went to a different restaurant down the street and had a fabulous dinner and service. It is a shame that the waitress was rude. We will not return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italian Food
    etkgdkVIP
    Dined on 2/5/2013
    This is undoubtedly one of the best Italian restaruants in Little Italy, always great food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Found the restaurant on Open
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    Found the restaurant on Open Table and Yelp...good food..
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Molto fantastica!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    I had the pescatore dish, which was extremely exceptional. The sauce was the right amount of spicy, the angel hair pasta was more than satisfying, had giant shrimp. My girlfriend's lasagna was cooked to perfection, we could not have hoped for any more delicious food that that! A great way to spend a romantic evening.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice service - appeared
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    Very nice service - appeared to be family business which always makes for a special dining experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It had been about a year since
    SD2tVIP
    Dined on 12/23/2012
    It had been about a year since we ate at Trattoria and I was disapointed. The food and service was just so-so. The shirmp dish was over cooked, the chicken parm was a thin chicken pattie with melted cheese and an orange colored sauce on a plate of pasta. I don't think I'll be going back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal, as we tried the
    StorminNorman
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    Great meal, as we tried the specials. They were a little pricey (not surprisingly) but oh so good. I have never been disappointed with a meal served here.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Scrumptious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/3/2012
    Everything was delicious and wonderful! No complaints whatsoever! My husband had pepperoni pizza and I had a vegetable & noodle dish. Scrumptious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yummy eats, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/14/2012
    Food was outstanding, as was our waitress, Margret from Long Island. She was a peach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Little Italy Pasta Spot
    etkgdkVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2012
    This is one of our favorites in Little Italy. The pasta's are some of the best you will find anyplace. The staff are friendly and the prices are very reasonable. Try it on 1/2 off any bottle of wine night for an added incentive. Also, try the duo appetizer, great assortment and plenty of food. We go often and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service. Very traditional
    FabioVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2012
    Great service. Very traditional Italo-American food. Generous portions and very gluten free friendly. Being Italian myself I would like modern Italian fair being showcased rather than the American adaptation of what Italian food used to be 30 years ago. i would say that this is more Brooklyn than Florence! certainly I wouldn't be able to take any visitors from the mother country there without raising some eyebrows ( Parmesan on fish??). But if you want, hearty, great tasting, well cooked food, served graciously in a vibrant and warm atmosphere, this is a great place to go!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food Trattoria Fantastica
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/19/2012
    The food Trattoria Fantastica is Fantastica! The back patio area is very cute and a fun place to dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We sat on patio and there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/16/2012
    We sat on patio and there was hardly anyone out there...most people were inside. However, it was very quiet on the patio with no music. We made a suggestions to the waiter that they should have music outside. Food was good and service was excellent. Has always been a favorite for me. We were all disappointed, however, in the Gelleto...had several different flavors and none were very good. Will not order Gelleto from there again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a wonderful experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/6/2012
    We had a wonderful experience. The service ROCKED! The seating and table were perfect and we just loved being there! We will come again and tell our friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place is REAL Italian.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2012
    This place is REAL Italian. The food is as close to nonna's cooking that you will find! The hosts are very upbeat and entertaining. They offer good input and get you steered in the right direction for a memorable evening, or whatever time you go.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As soon as we arrived we were
    BOS2SANVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2012
    As soon as we arrived we were seated!! It was extremely busy at the time but it seems that using Opentable for a reservation alleviated any anxiety about waiting. It's a great little spot in the heart of Little Italy. One side is the restaurant the other, a pastry shop/gelateria. Unfortunately by 8pm on Sunday night the pickin's were slim for the gelato which was fantastic! We split a thin crusted pizza and an order of pasta bolognese. We had to take home the leftovers home! Crust was just right for the pizza and the sauce was plentiful on the pasta. Couldn't leave without a pastry so we opted for the cannoli. The filling was so fresh and sweet. We will definitely return. Gratzi!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, lacking service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/4/2012
    Wonderful food. Service was not great, however. My group of 9 was seated over a half hour after our reservation time, though they did apologize many times for this. it was difficult to get the attention of the wait staff when we realized they had brought bread and oil but no vinegar. When we finally told a waitress, she took the oil (which was almost empty) and brought only vinegar back. No idea why she thought that would be a good idea; I just asked for vinegar.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was wonderful, the
    LisaC
    Dined on 7/20/2012
    The food was wonderful, the service fantastic, the atmosphere delightful. A great place for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was very good. Each dish
    Foodie
    Dined on 6/27/2012
    Food was very good. Each dish was well-prepared. Pasta was al dente to perfection; sauce was well-flavored with depth and complexity; main ingredients were of generous portion. The restaurant is in the heart of San Diego's Little Italy and annexed to a cafe that serves authentic gelato and other Italian desserts. The decor is cozy; the back has an enclosed patio whimsically set up with faux laundry hung in air from a balcony. What ruined our experience was the service. Our waitress was curt and slow, did not even offer specials of the day; ordered drinks took 20 min to arrive and food 40 min, with no apologies. All around us were tables waiting for food for long.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Can't go wrong here!
    Jennifer
    Dined on 6/3/2012
    I love this restaurant, casual good food. The authentic and flavorful sauces remind you of eating in the best little side street Cafe in Italy. They menu is adequate nothing too fancy basic great food. The desserts yummm. Gelato is best is San Diego, still doesn't hit the true Italian Gelato standard, but closer than most. Wine list is adequate. This is not an upscale dining experiance this is your comfortable good food place. No Pretense!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was fantastic, but definitely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/2/2012
    It was fantastic, but definitely make a reservation or you will be in line for a long time.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our second time here -- the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/27/2012
    Our second time here -- the "terrazza" is fun with the hanging laundry and intersting things on the walls -- menu extensive, just right for us each time we have this same group in SD, and our gluten free pal was happy. I'd do a deep clean on the Caffe Zucchero pastry case daily -- maybe you do, we only see it about 10 at night each time we finish our meal. Excellent spot, very fun and the waiters are attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I expect more after looking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/27/2012
    I expect more after looking at the website. It was really busy and the food was not up to par. I could get better Italian food at Olive Garden.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate