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CECCO Ristorante

135 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies

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California native and Solvang resident, Chef David Cecchini combines fresh ingredients with diverse influences and years of experience to offer rustic Italian Cuisine in the heart of Santa Barbara Wine Country. The food is Italian in spirit, using local and seasonal ingredients.The menu features Neapolitan inspired, thin crust pizzas baked in an Italian wood burning brick oven with two daily-changing special pies and a "piatto del giorno" from the oven. CECCO'S menu is country casual and friendly, featuring hand made fresh pasta, salumi, salads, grilled meats and seafood. Local wines served by the bottle, glass and quartino are some of CECCO'S other tasteful offerings. Four unique dining areas are offered at CECCO; the casual elegance of the main dining area, along with the convivial dining counter, window counter seating with courtyard views, and the comfort zone at the pizza counter.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Italian, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(805) 688-8880
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
David Cecchini
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Private party facilities
Our private Enoteca room can accommodate up to 25 people for a seated luncheon, dinner, wine tasting or meetings. CECCO is also available for private buy-outs and can accommodate up to 60 people.
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CECCO currently is available for all of your offsite catering needs throughout Santa Barbara, Ventura and Santa Maria County. Chef David Cecchini, along with respected caterer Jill Marut, have teamed up to offer exceptional cuisine, impeccable service and recognized professionalism. You are in capable hands through every aspect of the logistical planning, customized menu creation to the final carrying out of the event. Staffed by an experienced team of chefs and party planners we bring a feeling of assurance to you and your guests.
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Cross street
Park Way
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Parking details
Some spots available on 1st Street in the front on the street. Public parking lot in the back of the restaurant between Copenhagen and Park.
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vipkymore (Central Coast)
3.0  Dined on September 14, 2015

Short Rib Tortellini and Mushroom Rav's were very good. Nice Caesar salad... something was off with the staff from the minute we walked in was reflected in the inconsistent service. But definitely worth a try... we may have hit an off night. Individually everyone was very nice. We sat at a high top in the bar area... it was a little annoying having a light on a motion censor go on and off every time someone walked by.

Cyndee (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on September 11, 2015

Great patio or indoor dining. We like outdoors when the evenings are nice.
We usually have salad, fried oysters (yum) and share a pizza from their wood oven, many great flavors to choose from or share a pasta dish.
They seem to do a great job hiring waitresses. They have always been awesome.

vipBlueMoon (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 7, 2015

My hubby lives the wild boar ragu and my salmon was delish. Would especially like to give a shout-out to our waitress: she was most attentive and took great care to make sure some requests we made regarding the preparation of our meals was done just right...thank you!

Bear (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on August 23, 2015

The service was great. I had the shrimp and my wife had the wild boar both were delicious. I would definately go back.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on August 8, 2015

Great Caesar salad, amazing Bolonese, and delicious pizza with a fresh tasty dough as well. All prepared ingredients were fresh, the waitress very accommodating, wine list fabulous.

Tdubb (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on August 2, 2015

The pork pizza was good and served
2 people. The wine was great. Service good . Close to everything

vipchris (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on July 30, 2015

Party of four locals had a great dinner after Bocce. Perfect Pork Chops and Pasta dishes!
Service was prompt and friendly.

Vincenzo (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on July 24, 2015

It's difficult to find REALLY authentic Italian restaurants anywhere these days; and you would think it impossible to do so in Solvang....

Until you visit Cecco!!!

From the way they serve olive oil and balsamic with bread (the best bread I've had in a while), to the authentic dishes, you'll know right away that you hit the spot if you're accustomed to a particular standard for Italian cuisine.

Service, ambiance, blah blah blah, was superb. Perfect, really. But it's always irrelevant when the typical disappointment sets in upon realization you're in a restaurant that just does Italian. Well, Cecco Ristorante IS Italian. There's even a guy (probably the owner) who will bust your chops if you like!

The appetizers were ridiculous: the arugula with burrata and beets was unbelievable, as was the classy Caprese, done with a bit of pesto... OMG. But best of all were the paste and secondi. Not many places will do a fine carbonara or Bolognese, which we didn't try but will next time. But we had the panzerotti (ravioli) and almost died. For me it was the sage -- another clue we hit an authentic joint. The bistecca was also knock-out. And for a guy who eats very "clean" and healthy, it was perfect because the portions were generous, and the vegetables were done so right.

Even if you're in Santa Barbara, do you really want to gamble on some "nice" place which poses as an Italian restaurant but really doesn't know what it's doing except pounding your wallet? Infinitely more worth it is the short spin north into Solvang, with zero risk of disappointment at Cecco -- a completely unexpected authentic Italian gem.

vipFlossie17 (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on July 21, 2015

It is our regular " before play" meal . It is always good Italian food and we can get our meal comfortably finished and in time to get to the Solvang open air theater performance. Their pizzas are excellent and they also have a nice selection of salads and pastas. Service is good also.

Travelingrose (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on July 19, 2015

I was looking for a great meal for a reasonable price in a very touristy area. Cecco was it! Great food, service, and environment . I had grilled red snapper that was outstanding . They had a very extensive wine list and knowledgable servers.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on July 16, 2015

The patio was a wonderful place to enjoy a delicious pasta meal at the end of a summer day of wine tasting!

OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on May 10, 2015

The Menu was very short. Not very many choices. Pizza is good though. Service is good.

vipBoris86 (Calgary)
4.0  Dined on May 8, 2015

I sought out CECCO for my pre-race meal before the Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon last May. It was perfect. The pastas were very good and the portions were not too large. The wine list was, as you expect, more than adequate. Highly recommend if you're in the Solvang area.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on January 18, 2015

Quaint restaurant in a courtyard. In the summer great place to eat outside and would recommend that. Great wine selection. Staff attentive until the party of 4 who must have known the owner showed up an received special menu options directly from the chef. Although I think this is a wonderful idea, it should be done in a private room and not in front of the general public.

vipElena (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2014

Very good food and cozy place