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Best Contemporary Italian Restaurants in San Diego

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A photo of North Italia - Fashion Valley restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(2493)
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary italian • Mission Valley
Booked 46 times today
North Italia - Fashion Valley is highly acclaimed for its Italian cuisine, as attested by numerous positive reviews. Its location is perfect for a nice meal, and the atmosphere - either indoors or on the patio - enhances the dining experience. The restaurant offers a modern take on traditional Italian offerings, with great pizza, pasta, and salads, and the Strozzapreti is a recommended dish. The menu includes a variety of Italian wines, such as Nebbiolo Langhe and Barolo, enhancing the authentic Italian dining experience. As one reviewer noted, the food and service are "always phenomenal," making North Italia a must-visit for Italian dishes.
A photo of La Pastaia restaurant
4.4
Awesome(247)
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary italian • Bay Park
Booked 7 times today
La Pastaia, a delightful Italian restaurant, garners rave reviews for its exceptional food and service. Diners commend the variety of Italian wines on offer and the outstanding pasta dishes which are crafted with authentic Italian flair and attention to detail. The freshness of ingredients is praised, with the house made pasta receiving particular acclaim. The ambiance is described as comfortably refined, with the bustling, friendly atmosphere adding to the dining experience. A few reviews noted excellent customer service, even during busy times, with staff going above and beyond to accommodate guests. Enthusiastic diners are eager to return to La Pastaia, pointing out that the Italian-spoken restaurant feels like a neighborhood gem.
A photo of RustiCucina restaurant
4.5
Awesome(1035)
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Hillcrest
Booked 14 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 Nolita Hall restaurant
4.6
Exceptional(692)
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.
A photo of Cori Pastificio Trattoria restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(526)
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • North Park
Booked 17 times today
Cori Pastificio Trattoria, located in North Park, San Diego, is hailed as a standout for its authentic Italian cuisine. Customers often compare their food experience here to that in Southern Italy, evidencing its adherence to traditional Italian cooking. The restaurant gets high praise for its creative and unique menu, featuring dishes ranging from ricotta ravioli and short rib to a goat cheese infused pasta with meat sauce. Their offerings are described as "innovative", "fresh" and "delicious". The Caponata focaccia and Italian donuts were particularly highlighted in reviews as "absolutely to die for". The service is highly commended, with customers noting the accommodating and personable staff. This restaurant also features a sophisticated wine list and delightful cocktails, adding to its status as a must-visit for Italian cuisine lovers in San Diego.
A photo of Alexander's on 30th restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(3002)
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary italian • North Park
Booked 32 times today
Alexander's on 30th is highly recommended for its exceptional Italian cuisine. Located in San Diego, the restaurant is praised in reviews for its delicious food, particularly the lasagna, and superb service. Patrons note the warm, cozy, and European ambiance, creating an ideal setting for a romantic dinner, birthday celebrations, and special occasions. Diners unanimously appreciate the restaurant's attentive service and the leisurely pace at which they could savor their meal. Every aspect of Alexander's on 30th, from the moment guests walk in the door to the exceptional food and service, is meticulously accomplished, making it a top Italian spot.
A photo of Truffle restaurant
4.3
Awesome(165)
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary italian • North Park
Booked 8 times today
Truffle is a warm and charismatic Italian restaurant located in the heart of North Park. We offer classic yet contemporary cuisine.We pair different kinds of fresh truffles with appetizers, pasta, steak, and even gelato. Our signature dish is the "Bistecca alla Fiorentina," a T-bone steak cut live and served table-side on a lava stone.Wine is one of our restaurant's highlights. We have over 60 different wines and a sommelier on staff to decant big wines and open champagne with sabrage.We also have a lovely dog-friendly patio and a private room with a table for 12 available for large parties and events.
A photo of Roman Wolves restaurant
4.3
Awesome(159)
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Little Italy
Booked 37 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
4.6
Exceptional(4145)
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Little Italy
Booked 114 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 Lucrezia restaurant
4.4
Awesome(462)
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • La Jolla
Booked 43 times today
Lucrezia is an Italian restaurant highly regarded by its patrons. According to the guests, what makes Lucrezia stand out is the excellent service and delectable Italian dishes. From the classics to creative and innovative options, every dish is crafted with care and authenticity. The pasta, burrata, chicken, and pizza are particularly praised, noted for their freshness, taste, and appropriate seasoning. Customers also applaud the restaurant for its excellent service, with the staff being kind, attentive, and well-versed. The ambiance is classy and well-thought-out, further enhancing the dining experience. Patrons have expressed their desire to return, acknowledging Lucrezia as their go-to Italian restaurant. The overall consensus is that Lucrezia is a restaurant of excellent Italian cuisine.
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