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Best Italian Restaurants in La Jolla

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A photo of Marisi restaurant
4.6
Exceptional(852)
Price: Very Expensive
• Italian • La Jolla
Booked 85 times today
Marisi, located in San Diego, is revered for its authentic Italian cuisine. The restaurant has been lauded for its upscale, Mediterranean themed decor and exquisite food presentation, with several patrons labeling it as their favorite restaurant in the city. Critics and diners have noted that Marisi serves "some of the very best Italian food", including fresh, delicious pasta dishes that are comparable to the ones in Italy, as well as a unique and extensive old-world wine list. The service receives consistent praise for being top notch, attentive, and knowledgeable about the menu. With interior details that are described as "incredible", "gorgeous", and "immaculate", Marisi is renowned for its fantastic ambiance, making it a go-to place for a date night or special occasions.
A photo of Catania restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(1937)
Price: Expensive
• Italian • La Jolla
Booked 42 times today
Hailed as a favorite by the locals, Catania is renowned for providing an authentic Italian dining experience in the heart of San Diego. The menu offers an exciting variety of dishes, from Smoked Duck Liver Crostini to Butternut Squash Ravioli, and Crispy Octopus to Grilled Mary's Duck Breast, all prepared to perfection. Patrons have particularly praised the freshness and authenticity of the food that brings back memories of Rome, some even declaring it the best Italian food in San Diego. The restaurant is also known for its rooftop location in downtown La Jolla, providing beautiful ocean views that perfectly complement the delicious fare and friendly service. Whether you're craving for a classic Margherita pizza or savoring the Aglio e Olio Peperoncini, Catania guarantees an incredible experience.
A photo of Isola La Jolla restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(742)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • La Jolla
Booked 19 times today
Isola La Jolla, located in the charming coastal town of La Jolla, is hailed for its exceptional Italian cuisine. Customers commend the restaurant for its authentic Italian dishes, crafted with the utmost care and quality. Highlights include the garbanzo fries, traditional pizzas, and homemade pasta dishes, with some claiming it's the best pasta they've ever had. The interior exudes a cozy ambiance, accentuated by real candles and fresh flowers. Isola is not only great for an everyday dining experience but also for a romantic date night. The restaurant's wine selection, which includes vintages from their family vineyard in Italy, is also widely praised. Renowned for its attentive staff, unique flavors, and speedy service, Isola La Jolla is a must-visit dining spot for Italian food lovers in San Diego.
A photo of Piatti - La Jolla restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(4857)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • La Jolla
Booked 84 times today
Centrally located in La Jolla, Piatti offers a remarkable culinary experience, with customers often praising its authentic and delicious Italian cuisine. The restaurant's popularity is evident in the 35-year patronage of some diners, who find the service efficient and dining atmosphere cozy. Reviews highlight Piatti’s solid good old-fashioned Italian fare, offering excellent value for money. Dishes such as the signature lemon sauce ravioli, grilled romaine salad wrapped in prosciutto, and Penne Bolognese have been frequently described as “the best outside of Italy.” Customers also commend the thoughtful service, consistent food quality, and the pleasant ambiance of their garden area. Despite minor critiques such as parking issues and a 4% surcharge, Piatti remains a beloved choice for both locals and tourists, earning its reputation as one of the best Italian restaurants in San Diego.
A photo of Manhattan of La Jolla restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(1650)
Price: Expensive
• Italian • La Jolla
Booked 20 times today
Manhattan of La Jolla is a highly recommended Italian restaurant, celebrated for its service, ambiance, and above all, its sumptuous cuisine. Located in San Diego, this gem is frequented by locals and visitors alike for its genuine old school service and "East coast Italian ambience". Customers laud its "consistently tasty food and great service", with specific mentions of the complimentary fresh bread and the remarkable variety of "tasty options". Some even consider it a step "back to a better time, to an upscale New York restaurant", where the dining experience is always top-notch. The restaurant's live music adds to its charm and energetic atmosphere. The reviews validate the Manhattan of La Jolla as a notable destination for "great Italian food".
A photo of Bernini's Bistro & Bar restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(517)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • La Jolla
Booked 16 times today
Bernini's Bistro in La Jolla, California is hailed as a gem of Italian cuisine. Reviews from patrons highlight its excellent Italian food, service, and an atmosphere that makes you forget you're in California. The restaurant consistently impresses with plentiful and tasty pasta dishes, beautifully presented and perfectly cooked meals. It is recognized as a top-notch choice for Italian food lovers, even compared to Italian trattorias in Boston and Italy itself. This locals' favorite is praised for its unique vibe and attentive staff. Frequent customers denote it as their go-to spot for authentic Italian cuisine, always leaving eager to return for more.
A photo of The Amalfi Llama - San Diego restaurant
4.5
Awesome(161)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • University City/Golden Triangle
Booked 48 times today
The Amalfi Llama reimagines the culinary landscape by seamlessly merging the allure of a rustic live-fire steakhouse with the flavors of Italian cuisine, a culinary haven where genuine cooking, down-to-earth cuisine and stylish flair intertwine. Guests embark on a journey from Southern Patagonia to the Mediterranean coast of Italy as they indulge in a multisensory experience that transcends boundaries – from the soothing cream decor to the intimate ambiance of crackling embers accompanied by the melodies of vintage Italian vinyls. Embracing the essence of a modern farmhouse, The Amalfi Llama revolves around an open parrilla grill and wood-burning oven, harnessing fire, smoke, coals and embers to craft dishes. The restaurant’s ethos also meets design with Latin American and Mediterranean influences, resulting in an inviting environment adorned with light woods, natural light and subtly elegant finishes, defying traditional steakhouse and Italian restaurant conventions.
A photo of Piazza 1909 restaurant
4.5
Awesome(745)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • La Jolla
Booked 18 times today
Piazza 1909 is a hidden gem in the realm of Italian cuisine and has won the hearts of many with its authentic recipes, exquisite wine list, and warm, family-friendly atmosphere. Reviewers highlight the fantastic vegan options, the homemade pastas with true Italian roots, and the specially crafted dishes like the gnocchi and the duck Ragu. Many hail Piazza 1909 as "one of the best Italian spots in town", praising the superb service and pleasant ambiance suitable for both family gatherings and date nights. It has often been described as a 'delightfully authentic' Italian restaurant delivering consistently excellent food and service, with a vivid Italian ambiance that truly makes the dining experience memorable.
A photo of Candor by Giuseppe restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(754)
Price: Expensive
• Italian • La Jolla
Booked 7 times today
Candor by Giuseppe is a gem of contemporary Italian cuisine. As per the reviews, the restaurant receives high praise for its superb service and the exceptional quality of its meals. The restaurant presents a variety of creative, delicious dishes, from perfectly prepared whole branzino to exquisitely flavored short ribs. Not only the food, but the atmosphere is also highly spoken of; a cozy interior adorned with local art and a charming, socially distanced outdoor seating area. A testament to its authenticity, the pizza and grouper special are cited as highlights of the menu. While ensuring safety, Candor also takes dietary preferences into account, offering gluten-free options with careful cross-contamination prevention.
A photo of La Dolce Vita Ristorante restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(992)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • La Jolla
Booked 22 times today
La Dolce Vita Ristorante, nestled in La Jolla, offers a memorable dining experience characterized by authentic Italian cuisine. The restaurant has garnered rave reviews for its incredible food, with dishes described as "authentic and amazing," as well as its personable and attentive service staff. Not only has it established itself as a beloved local gem for "real world Italian" experience, but it has also captivated visitors from afar, with customers recommending the establishment for anyone looking for a wonderful Italian dinner. Reviewers praised the pasta, particularly the lobster ravioli, and the homemade ingredients, as well as the vast wine selection. Notably, one Italian reviewer expressed their satisfaction, passionately endorsing La Dolce Vita as their only go-to for Italian food.
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