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CECCO Ristorante

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135 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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About

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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Cuisines
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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Catering
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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Neighborhood
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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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3.0Dined 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 ...it 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2015

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2015

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2014

Very good food and cozy place

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4.0Dined on December 27, 2014

Our food was delicious. And the service was excellent.

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4.0Dined on December 1, 2014

We LOVED our pizza of house-made sausage and kale. Even my husband, who is not a big veggie fan!

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2014

I don't have much to say about the experience at Cecco. It came as a recommendation from a local during a couples' trip to Solvang. When we arrived, the restaurant was about empty (around 7:00pm) and a bit chilly inside. We ordered wine from the teenage server, who wasn't terribly attentive despite the quiet restaurant. She and her compatriots mostly seemed concerned about getting the place cleaned and closed. My companion had a nice pasta dish. Meanwhile, my tomato "soup" was something we suspect came straight from a marinara can, no alterations except some fresh basil on top. The espresso, on the upside, was top notch. Maybe I'd give them another try…but I doubt we'll be back to Solvang since it wasn't really our scene at night.

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5.0Dined on October 24, 2014

Tastes fresh and homemade! I am a picky when it comes to Italian food, since my family is from Italy. This was wonderful and I will be back!

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5.0Dined on October 23, 2014

Cecco's Bolognese is made with wild boar and short ribs and is so delicious. The portion is generous and when you pair this dish with a nice red wine the experience is sublime. My wife had the puttenesca pasta which was also very good.

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5.0Dined on October 11, 2014

Outstanding food from an accomplished chef; great service by an attentive waitstaff. All on a busy Saturday night. Plus a really good bottle of Rosso from Argiano for $25! Win-win for my party of three.

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4.0Dined on September 19, 2014

The meal was delicious and the intimate feel of the restaurant was perfect. We dined with 6 in our party and each of us enjoyed our meal. Three of us split a beautiful gourmet pizza with fresh salads. Two dined of short rib raviolis that were beautiful and melted in your mouth. A spaghetti plate with wild boar was a favorite at our table. Service was excellent and it was an extremely busy weekend as we dined during Danish Days. There was a lovely patio area with a private party going on which did not distract from our experience at all. We will definitely be back for another special meal. Thank you. Cecco!! The Shaws

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4.0Dined on August 15, 2014

I have been there several times and it always is nice. The food is good and the service is consistent. When one sits outside, one can watch the passers by. The best tiramisu can be had there! The entrees are a bit pricey for what you get. I usually stick with sharing a pizza and a nice salad.

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4.0Dined on August 9, 2014

There Carbonara is amazing. Great Italian beer on tap and special wood fired pizza list. Great for lunch or dinner! Server was fast and very accommodating!

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3.0Dined on July 24, 2014

Our waitress was pleasant and helpful. The food was good, though there wasn't a single chicken dish on the menu that night. My wife settled for the Carbonara without the pork...we picked an Italian restaurant to have pasta; pasta only came with pork or beef that night. They didn't even have chicken that could be have served on the side...just seemed a bit too limited. Everything else was delicious...even the meat-less Carbonara, but my pasta with a pesto had far too much olive oil...it was swimming. And there were an enormous number of flies all during dinner! Not too appetizing. For as expensive as dinner was for three ($90) seems they could have been more generous with the bread (very small amount) or at least offer to refill it.

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2014

Dinner for four, before a show. We were in a hurry but still were able to enjoy a delicious meal as our server was quick, friendly and attentive to our time needs. Food was perfect all the way around.

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4.0Dined on June 27, 2014

I've been here many times before the PCPA show and enjoy the food and wine. The service is excellent and friendly.

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3.0Dined on June 22, 2014

We had excellent service. Was somewhat disappointed in the food, though. With so many good restaurants around, this was not one that I will come back to. The food was good, just nothing memorable.

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3.0Dined on June 21, 2014

The outside patio is a nice atmosphere the food is good service is fair. The ladies did not seem as friendly as they should be.
Like they wanted to be elsewhere instead if work. The computer was down so they asked everyone to pay in cash which we barely scrapped together. They need a old fashion back up plan.

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3.0Dined on June 18, 2014

Waitress was ok... Out of the wine I choose, the only by the glass Pinot on the menu? The salad was over dressed and some of the arugula was slimmy,, crust on pizza was really good. We live in town, never hear great things about this. Restaurant, our 2nd time and last time eating there. We're locals.

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4.0Dined on June 6, 2014

Food was great and house made deserts are quite good.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2014

I go to Solvang often and this is one of my favorite restaurants. Really good Pizza and Pasta. The service is always good. Prices are very reasonable. It is my go to. I will be there again next month.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2014

Made a reservations since it was a holiday weekend. We would given several choices on the location of our seating. We decided to seat outside.
The food was excellent. We ordered a caprese salad, calamari, and a pizza. The server was a bit slow and unorganized. However the food outweighed the slow service. I would eat there again.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2014

Solvang is kits yams filled with Danish coffee shops which are great for breakfast, but tough to find a yummy dinner place. This place was delicious. I will return.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2014

Was late with reservations so missed out on our first few choices. As we like Italian food we figured we'd try this restaurant. First timers but definitely not last timers. The service was outstanding on such a busy night and the food was nothing short of remarkable. Great wine list too. It's not cheap but for us it was money very well spent.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2014

A group of 7 of us ate here after the Santa Ynez 1/2 marathon. Loved eating in the patio. Excellent service! That salads were delicious & the fresh pizza came out so fast! A local gem in the heart of Solvang.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2014

Food was very good, service was slow but satisfactory.

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3.0Dined on April 5, 2014

here's the thing, when you go to a kitschy town like solvang you know you aren't going to get the best anything but we were definitely happy with our meal. is it great, no, but it was good. if we were in solvang again i'd go back but i wouldn't make any special trips just do go to cecco.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2014

My wife and I had our Valentine's Dinner at Cecco. She loves raviolis and the ones we got were awesome. We split them, and that was a good thing. She, nor I, would have wanted to eat a full portion. In addition to tasting great, they are quite rich. And, we also had a pizza to eat, the Wild Boar Sausage. It too was great.

The only downside was the noise, a bit loud for my taste. Other than that, we will be back.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2014

Pizza lovers dream--thin crust but very good.

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