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Best Contemporary Italian Restaurants in La Mesa


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A photo of Antica Trattoria restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • La Mesa
Booked 8 times today
Antica Trattoria is a beloved destination for contemporary Italian cuisine. Their extensive menu, featuring authentic dishes from salads to desserts, has been praised by guests. Stand-out choices include their Chef Special and their range of Italian red wines. Reviewers laud the exceptional food and service, with the Chef Franco regularly interacting with diners to ensure a satisfactory experience. Some even consider this gem to be the best Italian restaurant in San Diego due to its authentic dishes and excellent service. Despite a somewhat hidden location in a strip mall, the beautiful interior and top-notch service make Antica Trattoria a must-visit for all Italian food lovers.
A photo of Limoncello La Mesa restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • North Park
Booked 5 times today
Welcome to Limoncello, your go-to destination for authentic Italian cuisine in the heart of La Mesa. At Limoncello, we pride ourselves on delivering a true taste of Italy with our carefully curated menu inspired by traditional family recipes passed down through generations. Our dishes showcase the rich flavors of Italy, crafted using only the finest and freshest ingredients sourced locally and from Italy. From classic pasta dishes to mouthwatering pizzas and delectable desserts, each plate is a celebration of Italian culinary heritage. Come savor the warmth and hospitality of Italy right here in La Mesa at Limoncello, where every meal is a journey to the heart of Italian flavors.
A photo of Roman Wolves restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Little Italy
Booked 24 times today
Nestled in the vibrant neighborhood of Little Italy, The Heights has swiftly garnered a reputation for providing an authentic contemporary Italian culinary experience. Patrons praise its excellent service and quality, with standout dishes such as the Buffalo Eggplant and Raviolone earning rave reviews. The seafood, including calamari and Chilean Seabass, is applauded for its top-notch quality, as is the signature fettuccine served in a cheese wheel. The inviting ambiance combined with a great selection of drinks and gourmet cuisine, makes The Heights a 'must-try' for locals and tourists alike. As one reviewer succinctly puts it, "It's an elegant yet comfortable place to meet your friends and/or family."
A photo of Barbusa restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Little Italy
Booked 99 times today
Barbusa is a revered Italian restaurant that has garnered a glowing reputation from both local and visiting patrons. Nestled in the heart of Little Italy, San Diego, it boasts an inviting ambiance that perfectly marries modern decor with traditional Italian heritage. As noted in several reviews, the food at Barbusa is nothing short of exceptional; dishes like the ribeye, the rigatoni with eggplant, and the pesto gnocchi have been pointed out as exquisite highlights of the menu. Customers have also commended the exceptional and attentive service, making special mention of waiters like Paolo and Diego Silva, who elevate dining experiences through their passion and knowledge. One reviewer described a visit to Barbusa as an "unforgettable journey into the heart of Italy," which speaks volumes about the authenticity and quality of its culinary offerings. Overall, the combinative experience of the food, service, and ambiance make Barbusa a must-visit spot in San Diego for any lover of fine Italian cuisine.
A photo of Salvatore's Cucina & Lounge restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Downtown
Booked 18 times today
Salvatore's Cucina & Lounge comes highly recommended for its authentic Italian cuisine, as per its reviews. The carefully selected menu, attentive service, and distinctive dishes have won the hearts of many customers. Also noteworthy is the restaurant's ambiance which is appreciated for its Italian-style serving of food, course by course. From appetizers like fried gnocchi to main courses like seafood linguine or prosciutto pizza, the food is consistently praised for being delicious and authentic. Reviewers also highlight the creative cocktail offerings and lively atmosphere. In addition, the restaurant's unique features like a speakeasy and fire show add to the overall experience. As one review sums up, "This is a high energy, vibrant and chic restaurant offering great Italian dishes." Not only is Salvatore's renowned for its food and drinks, but it's also mentioned as a wonderful place to celebrate special occasions.
A photo of RustiCucina restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Hillcrest
Booked 21 times today
RustiCucina is recognized by many food enthusiasts as one of San Diego's finest Italian culinary spots. This acclaimed restaurant boasts an enticing menu filled with traditional Italian dishes, fused with a distinct contemporary twist. The restaurant is frequently praised in reviews for dishes like their cheese wheel pasta, traditional lasagna, and pillowy gnocchi with wild boar. Impressive customer service complements the exemplary dining experience, demonstrated by complimentary drinks and memorable hospitality. With its reputation for producing succulent Italian fare, RustiCucina continues to charm the palates of both locals and visitors alike. Regardless of the numerous establishments around, it stands out through its fresh, authentic Italian cuisine that is always served with warmth and proficiency.
A photo of Bencotto Italian Kitchen restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary italian • Little Italy
Booked 75 times today
Bencotto Italian Kitchen is a treasure trove of true Italian cuisine, nestled in Little Italy, San Diego. Its menu might not be enormous, but each dish stands out, reflecting the principle of "less is more". This philosophy is confirmed by numerous customers who praise Bencotto's authentic Italian meals, especially the homemade pasta that enthusiasts say rivals the best in the world. The unique cheese wheel pasta special has been highlighted as a must-try experience for both its preparation demonstration and its unforgettable taste. Celebrated for its consistent quality and fabulous service, Bencotto Italian Kitchen promises an exceptional dining experience for those seeking the best of Italian cuisine, as one reviewer testifies, "There is no better choice in San Diego than Bencotto."
A photo of Lala restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Little Italy
Booked 22 times today
"Lala" is a captivating blend of modern and classic Italian cuisine, paired with handcrafted cocktails in a cozy, sexy-chic ambiance. Our menu showcases timeless Italian flavors with a contemporary twist, from traditional Stuffed Shells to inventive loaded potato gnocchi. The intimate atmosphere, with dimmed lights and plush furnishings, sets the stage for romantic dinners or vibrant gatherings.Our bar is a haven of mixology artistry, featuring classic Negronis and signature creations like the "Lala Martini." Sustainability is a core value—we source responsibly and implement eco-friendly practices in both the kitchen and the bar. "Lala" isn't just a restaurant; it's a community that appreciates culinary excellence, inviting you to savor the extraordinary in every bite, sip, and moment. Join us for a celebration of Italian cuisine, crafted with contemporary flair, and served in an ambiance that exudes romance.
A photo of Vincenzo Cucina & Lounge restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary italian • Little Italy
Booked 40 times today
Farmer's Table - Little Italy is a gem that offers a unique blend of Italian cuisine and farm-to-table freshness. Customers highly commend the restaurant for its outstanding dishes, such as the Roasted Chicken flatbread, Artichoke Ravioli, and Oxtail Ravioli. Aside from its remarkable food, Farmer's Table stands out for its excellent service, from the hostess to the waitstaff. It's nestled in an amazing location surrounded by the vibrant energy of Little Italy's new Piazza. The comfortable ambiance, coupled with the reasonable pricing, makes it a favorite among locals and tourists. In the reviews, phrases like "awesome service, great meal", "great atmosphere and food", and "food was delicious" commonly appear, underscoring this restaurant's commitment to top-quality farm-to-table cuisine.
A photo of Nolita Hall restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary italian • Little Italy
Nolita Hall is a prime location for contemporary Italian cuisine. Located at an ideal spot, this restaurant has been lauded for its outstanding service, creative and delectable food, as well as its trendy ambiance. Reviews commend its ingenious drink options, with the Back on the Rind Mezcal creation receiving particular praise. Notable menu items recommended by patrons include the hot honey pizza, chilaquiles, and French toast board. While the planes flying overhead occasionally impact the atmosphere, most customers find the overall experience worth it. Its consistent excellence has made Nolita Hall a favorite among locals and visitors alike.

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Discover best Contemporary Italian restaurants in La Mesa

Discover the essence of contemporary Italian cuisine in the heart of East County, La Mesa, San Diego. This region boasts a selection of restaurants that masterfully blend traditional Italian techniques with modern culinary innovations, offering a sophisticated dining experience that caters to refined palates. Each establishment features a menu rich in fresh, high-quality ingredients, with dishes that highlight the depth and diversity of contemporary Italian cooking. From artisanal pastas to inventive seafood preparations, diners can expect beautifully plated meals that are as visually appealing as they are delicious. The dining scene in La Mesa is vibrant and eclectic, providing a perfect backdrop for those seeking a memorable meal in a charming suburban setting. These restaurants not only prioritize the authenticity and flavor of their dishes but also emphasize a warm, welcoming atmosphere, making each dining experience unique. Whether you're a local food enthusiast or a visitor looking to indulge in Italian culinary delights, La Mesa's contemporary Italian restaurants promise an exceptional gastronomic journey.

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