Gourmet Italia

4.6
962 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
At Gourmet Italia, experience Italy without ever leaving Temecula. Restauranteur, Alessandro (Alex) Prestifilippo moved to the states from Sicily in 1988. He takes much pride our attentive, friendly staff, knowing they’ll provide the exceptional “Sicilian” experience Alex prides himself in. The menu and wine selection is vast and reasonable and the special dishes vary from Seafood Pescatore, Halibut, Salmon, Filet, Osso bucco, Lamb Shank, Wild Boar, Ostrich, Lobster Ravioli and much more! Visit the website for more about the restaurant, Alex, the menu and specials. Dine with us and you could end up in a picture on the website or Facebook page!
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vipgolfkumu
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We missed going out to eat because of covid19. My daughter-in-law is a foodie and she was totally impressed by the meal and service. Our server was great! And the food was to die for.
I'm from Hawaii and we would call the food "Broke the Mouth"

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vipArvleK
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WOW! is my first response! Everything from the bread with olive mixture dip to appetizer to entree were beyond description. If you want the best if authentic Italian cuisine, don’t miss this one!!! The place is immaculately clean and the service is outstanding!!!

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MarjeanF
Tucson
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We so enjoyed our dining experience at Gourmet Italia. We were seated promptly, and treated with respect. The service was amazing and the food was excellent! We would recommend to anyone!

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martinq
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A favorite for Italian food in the area, classy, excellent wines, the chef is highly creative and consistent. Outdoor area is quite comfortable, and a lively bar area with live music on the weekends.

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QueenaW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Food was cold when received and not the best Italian I’ve tasted. Service was horrible too a really long time to get pretty much everything, waitress was missing for a really long time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing! Gourmet Italia is one of our favorite places to go.

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Freshta
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delicious food! Best customer service and environment!

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TerrieN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing as was the service.

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EliseS
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dinner was divine. The wine was amazing, and the ambiance was also amazing. The waitress who was waiting on almost 20 tables took her time to suggest wines, specials. The owner or manager came by a few times to check on our table and be sure it was to satisfaction. I could not complain about one bit of this dinner other than I ate wayyyy too much! It was the perfect birthday dinner and we will be returning.

-Elise

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FoodVino
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night with friends and food was amazing. Wine list was impressive and service from our server Stephanie was spot on. Will be back for sure

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JamesR
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly - excellent food at reasonable prices. Both the calamari with marinara sauce appetizer and the lasagna were the best I've ever had.

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DDD2015
Nashville
30 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Authentic Italian cuisine with outstanding wines from the owner’s winery. We had the Montepulciano with the linguini bolognese and the manicotti and shared a Cesar salad. Massive portions which can easily be shared. The tiramisu for dessert was also very good. The owner was very personable and greeted us like family. This is a great find!

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Wineandine
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I couldn’t think of a more perfect place to celebrate a birthday and be reunited with family since 2019! Nora and Francisco being attentive and gracious throughout our lunch made this a truly special day. Our lunch was delicious from appetizers through dessert, and the wine … 2 bottles of Sangiovese from their private label was a perfect match!
Thank you Gourmet Italia!!

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vipCali
Palm Springs
33 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very good, and the atmosphere was great. I had a reservation and came early, and understood that I would not be seated before the reservation time. I did not get seated until 30 minutes after the reservation time.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always - excellent all the way around….

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We came in for a friends birthday. The waiter was friendly but slightly awkward. The food was good and seemed fresh but the food didn’t have much flavor. I had a penne pasta that came out hot just no favor. Decent restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

The restaurant is beautiful, the wine list is nicely curated and the live pianist was a great touch. We came here to celebrate our 12 year anniversary and were very much looking forward to a night out. The food was good, although the cheese board wasn’t explained to us. Our issue was with the service tonight. The server spilled an entire glass of water into my lap as she was setting a steak knife for our main course. Although she brought a couple of extra napkins for me to clean myself up, so didn’t apologize or even acknowledge the fact that I had to sit my entire anniversary dinner with soaking wet jeans and a wet napkin to use during our main course. Instead of enjoying our night out, I had to go home and change. An apology goes a long way.

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KenS
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and superb service. Room was a bit too noisy.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. This is once in a while treat.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Great

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience2

We arrived on time for our reservation. We were seated in the older/darker section of the restaurant. We ordered drinks and a couple of appetizers—calamari and bruschetta. While we were waiting for those, the waiter took our entree orders. The appetizers arrived within a reasonable amount of time. The calamari was delicious—hot, crispy and the portion size was generous. The bruschetta was not very good. The bread was not toasted enough and the tomato mixture made it soggy. We finished those, ordered another drink. Then nothing. Other tables were seated and served, however out entrees never came. We asked several times about the status and was told that they were coming soon. After being at the table for two hours, we finally cancelled our orders, paid our check and left. Our server expressed how sorry they were but did not compensate in any way. Very disappointing.

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vipRosalindH
Milwaukee
20 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was EXCELLENT! Server was cordial and welcoming.

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JohnR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Gourmet Italia USED to be fantastic. Great atmosphere, superb service, great food and excellent wine. BUT...it is no longer on our list. Reservations made over a week in advance were useless. Hostess met us at the door and ordered us and another couple outside to a unmanned hostess stand where we waited for over five minutes. Rudely took us to a table in the middle of the bar where a party was going and you couldn't hear the waitress standing two feet away. Asked for another table and were walked back to a small table less than a foot away from the entrance door where the waitress threw the menus on the table and walked away. We immediately left and went to another restaurant where our tab was over $200 and we added a 25% tip. A street corner taco cart is a step up from our last ever visit to Gourmet Italia. Reviewing others comments over the past six months...shows a disturbing trend.

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SandyF
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal!

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VinT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience… highly recommend the Poggio Leano 2019 Montepulciano paired with virtually any dish.

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PKMor
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wait staff was incredible. Food and wine were both outstanding. So excited to have discovered this gem. We will be back.

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PamV
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service abs ambiance excellent. Wine abs appetizer really good. Party of 4
Ceasar salad could use help, super small and lacked fresh lettuce.
Ordered manicotti and pasta still hard but great flavor. Chicken piccata noodles dry. Filet nice and tender, chicken parm perfect

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DonnaH
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Love this place. Arrived at 4:50 for a 5:15 reservation. Seated after 5:20 and for some reason they were extremely busy for an early reservation. It took much longer for table service than usual throughout the entire meal. They seemed to be taking a lot of walk-ins and I’m not sure if they were short on staffing but normally you can receive great service and get in and out but everything was delayed. I’m not blaming our server, she was working extremely hard! I saw other tables were experiencing the same. The food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Mom’s birthday dinner.

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KenS
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was superb. Service was slow. Table location was very busy and noisy.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is always the best at Gourmet Italia. My wife and I love coming here and feeling as if we were at home.

MJ
MJV1
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Faith is amazing!!!
Food and drinks are top quality

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vipcdmfoodie
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice restaurant! Our waitress was wonderful and the food and wine suggestion was great.
Will definitely come back next time we are town!

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vipPatticake15
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early Saturday evening dinner before attending concert. Food is always consistently delicious. Love this restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had lunch here and the food is amazing and yummy. The lasagna is so good as well as the tiramisu. Also, the staff was so sweet and entertaining. Love this restaurant!

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vipleslieE
Detroit
73 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wonderful marinara sauce. The chicken marsala was delicious! Would return. Great service too.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful surprise for dinner on our anniversary. Sicilian roots (owner from Sicily) menu. Enjoyed every bit! Wine also from his private label. Yum! l

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Puertorro
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu selection was limited but the specials compensate for the lack of variety of meats available in the menu. The Filet was full of flavor and cook to perfection to the requested temperature (medium well) that is usually difficult to achieve. The Sword fish was cook to perfection and full of flavor. Again another meat difficult to cook. Portions were appropriate. The some what over the average price for the special was well worth. Dessert sample was excellent. Next time we will try the pastas based on our first experience. I'm sure I wont be disappointed. Service was excellent.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great ambiance! Love this place!

MF
McFoods
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was so good! A bit pricey for some stuff, but we enjoyed ourselves and would absolutely return there for dinner.

FAQs

Gourmet Italia offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (951) 676-9194.

Gourmet Italia is rated 4.6 stars by 962 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.