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Best Italian Restaurants in Pacific Beach

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A photo of Cesarina restaurant
4.9
Exceptional(4902)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Ocean Beach
Booked 176 times today
Cesarina, located in San Diego, is a highly praised hub of authentic Italian cuisine. With a consistent track record of outstanding reviews, guests laud it as "the best Italian restaurant in San Diego" and "the only Italian food worth eating in San Diego." Patrons constantly commend not only the excellent food but also the superb service, going as far as giving it a 12/10 rating. The homemade pasta and dishes such as the octopus, rigatoni with pomodoro sauce, and tiramisu come highly recommended. Everything is labelled fresh and cooked to perfection. The ambiance is credited as uniquely immersive, and the service as unparalleled in kind professionalism.
A photo of Marisi restaurant
4.6
Exceptional(773)
Price: Expensive
• Italian • La Jolla
Booked 81 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 Scuderie Italia restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(313)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Pacific Beach
Booked 13 times today
Scuderie Italia is highly praised for its authentic Italian cuisine in San Diego with an array of positive customer reviews. Guests commend the Napoli margherita pizza and homemade pappardelle with pomodoro sauce, along with other delights like the Burrata and Prosciutto platter and the Nutella Calzone. The establishment also caters to dietary needs with excellent gluten-free options, including a gluten-free pizza that rivals the regular Neapolitan. Patrons laud the ambiance, service, and great value, especially during Happy Hour. The restaurant’s outdoor setting and friendly staff add to the overall pleasant experience. "This should be everyone's first choice for Italian dining in San Diego County," one reviewer claimed. Numerous guests look forward to returning to Scuderie Italia, a significant endorsement of its quality and authentic flavors.
A photo of Elvira restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(197)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Ocean Beach
Booked 70 times today
Benvenuti Nella Mia Cucina, Belli De Nonna! Before we dive into the delicious feast prepared for you, let me give you a little taste of my vita. I was born in the heart of Rome, and I've been cooking up a storm my entire life! My cucina has always been the center of the universe for my 3 daughters, 5 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, their friends, loved ones, and acquaintances – everyone was always Benvenuto!Now, we've brought that same love and flavor right here to San Diego. My beloved grandson, Niccolo', and his amore, Cesarina, are opening the doors of my Cucina with the same warm heart and passion.Wondering how I made it to 95? Well, it's simple: I ate everything that's served here and filled my life with amore! So, Benvenuti! Don't hesitate to indulge in "Scarpetta" - dip that bread into the sauce, just like my grandchildren used to do at the stove when they thought I wasn't looking.Here, Belli De Nonna, it’s all about food, family, and creating beautiful memories!
A photo of Piatti - La Jolla restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(4781)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • La Jolla
Booked 51 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 Catania restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(1888)
Price: Expensive
• Italian • La Jolla
Booked 43 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 La Dolce Vita Ristorante restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(954)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • La Jolla
Booked 51 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.
A photo of Baci Restaurant - San Diego restaurant
4.9
Exceptional(1768)
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Old Town
Booked 12 times today
Baci Restaurant in San Diego consistently delivers an outstanding dining experience, as reflected in numerous customer reviews. Patrons regularly highlight the combination of exceptional food and service. Described as "hands down the best authentic and traditional Italian restaurant in San Diego," Baci impresses even the most well-traveled and discerning diners. The restaurant appeals to locals and visitors alike, with many making a point of dining at Baci whenever they're in town. Its menu features a vast range of beautifully cooked dishes, with the osso buco, swordfish, abalone, and salmon piccata receiving special acclaim. Customers also appreciate the warm, inviting atmosphere, excellent wine selection, and the careful attention to detail that completes every meal. Baci Restaurant is highly recommended for anyone seeking a memorable Italian dining experience.
A photo of Manhattan of La Jolla restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(1616)
Price: Expensive
• Italian • La Jolla
Booked 28 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 Isola La Jolla restaurant
4.6
Exceptional(724)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • La Jolla
Booked 31 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.
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