Gourmet Italia

4.5
705 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Tue–Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(951) 676-9194
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Alessandro Prestifilippo
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Cross street
Rancho California Rd and Ynez Rd
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Entertainment
Thursday nights: Ron Lovely- Piano/Singer Friday: Sugar Bear & Unlimited Flavor Saturday: Randy & Associates Sunday: Sugar Bear & Unlimited Flavor
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Los Angeles
58 reviews
Reviewed on May 20, 2019
Overall 3food service ambience

Called to make a reservation . The girl thanked me for thinking ahead . The day before i called back to confirm . They confirmed even the time so i know its was written down . We get there and they have no record of it. Come on just do not take them. I get it if you take them at least the people will show but you don't honor them . With that said The food is good! I ordered veal marsala waitress brought a chicken marsala i could tell by the look it was not veal . I asked ,she said yes its veal then 2 minutes later came back to pick it it up and said they are making a veal marsala. I commended her for that .Appetizers took 40 minutes from the time we ordered . Oh it was a Friday they had a good band next door in the wine Bar part which made the wait palatable !

DM
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 5

We usually love this place but we had to wait 45 min for our reservation and our food was luke warm. Disappointing.

SW
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Cozy atmosphere, excellent service, fairly large menu of traditional and gourmet Italian cuisine. Would definitely recommend and hope to return again when next in Temecula.

DS
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing. Alex the owner is personable and inviting. My new favorite place

JH
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had been to Gourmet Italia twice in the past. We luckily found it enroute to Palm Desert from SD! This time we were able to take 2 other couples; everyone loved the ambiance, service and the food! Guissepe was our server! We would highly recommend!!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Italian food. Loved the Calamari and the Baked Ziti with Ham & Peas....best I have ever had!

BN
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A little pricey but excellent Italian flavors and menu choices.

TG
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

This was my secong time at Gourmet Italia, and this time around it was a very different experience. The restaraunt was sweltering, my guests and I were sweating the entire time. We went for my birthday, and when the dessert was brought out to the table, the writong on the dish said "Happy Borthday". Our server was great, the food was great, the only complaint was the temperature inside the building.

W
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about this restaurant. 3 got the seafood special and loved it. I got veal and loved it. Wine choices excellent
Canolli was divine
Service was outstanding. Manager is Nora and she is just fabulous
We live in Arizona and can’t wait to go back

NS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a good time. Good service and good food, though portions have become smaller recently.

CG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gourmet Italia never disappoints. The food and service is always top notch. The owner and atmosphere are delightful. If you want authentic Italian cuisine, look no further.

PC
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

We love this place. Unfortunately it took an hour for our food; to make matters worse they said that is normal for Italian food! Server was more interested in us ordering another bottle of wine rather than keep us informed on food. But, all this said, we will go back again, and again.

YN
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gourmet Italian never disappoints! I went often when living in Temecula but now live in AZ. Took a group of friends there after Sunday’s Dave Koz concert!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic food and service - not just this time, every time we’ve been there. We took friends there for the first time and they loved it as well. Seriously wish we could go tonight!

M
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was excellent. The watermelon salad and gnochhi definite highlights. The wine was excellent, and the server was knowledgeable and provided service with a smile, and helpful recommendations.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious!! Would definitely go back the next time we are in town! Yummy wine too!

RG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Being Italian, my family is very picky... this place was delicious. Our one concern is the size of the restaurant compared to staff- the place was packed and our waitress was extremely busy, another server or two would have been better.

MC
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined here numerous occasions, never disappointed.

AD
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I used to love this place but something changed. The bus boy was super rude and they took forever to bring bread and drinks and almost made us feel bad to ask for refills and stuff. The food wasn’t as good either. I won’t be going back

JB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent! We love coming here for special occasions, or just a quick bite in the wine bar

DG
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Went there for daughter birthday . Food was good . Service not so good . Arrived on time for a 445 pm reservation . Were seated promptly and water and bread brought to our table . Took 35-40 minutes for drinks to arrive and they arrived after appetizers . Had to repeatedly ask for refill on soda drinks . At end of dinner we were brought dessert menu and waiter never returned to take order . Another staff member assisted at my request and finally took order for and brought dessert . Great food but restaurant appears short staffed .

LB
Los Angeles
75 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, wonderful service!! Highly recommend this restaurant!!

MO
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Great time. The next time we are in the area, we’ll plan on eating here again.

ME
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Company’s 1 yr Anniversary

DD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and very personable staff. We took guests with us and they were definitely impressed. The Limoncello martinis are a must. All the pastas were amazing and I could have kept eating the clams all night. The liquid was so good we ended up using the bread to get every drop!

R
San Diego
97 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gourmet Italia is a longtime Temecula favorite! It's like coming home to your big Italian family and being warmly greeted and fed wonderful home cooking...we leave happy and relaxed every time!

c
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a group of cousins gathering for a week-end in Temecula. On one cousin's recommendation, we made reservations at Gourmet Italia. It was all that we were expecting. The restaurant was cozy, intimate, and very busy. Our waiter was very attentive and helpful. The menu was 'excellent. Next time, we'll come in much hungrier and choose something from every part of the menu. The only criticism was that the spaghetti was a bit dry because we didn't feel there was enough sauce to make it moist and tasty. The lasagna and veal dishes were excellent. What made it all truly special was when the owner came out and conversed with his customers. You knew he was interested in his patrons, took pride in his history, his restaurant and the offerings he had for his serious wine enthusiasts. We'll certainly return.

HJ
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Gourmet Italia is one of our go-to restaurants. As usual the food was delicious and perfectly prepared. My only complaint is that when one has a larger party, our family was 8, not huge, but a family, they crammed us into a corner booth and sardined chairs around the outside until they got to 8. Factually, they did this to us once before. It is a bush league tactic and one that for the prices they charge, not an acceptable practice.
So, would I recommend GI to a friend? Only a couple, not a family.

R
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We had a good time. The service and the food were good.

h
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

Unfortunately we couldn’t leave a five star review like a lot of others because we were put at the five person table right next to the back door where the kitchen people come in and out and the fan keeps turning on. Not to mention people taking were trash out and moving chairs around all for our viewing pleasure through a dirty glass window.We were also in the main pathway of the servers going back-and-forth to get the food. There should not be a table where we sat at all! It was noisy and made our dining experience a bad one . I honestly felt like we were Purposely placed out of the limelight from others in the dining room that we expected to sit in! We were dressed very nicely and we’re celebrating my son‘s birthday. I told them this ahead of time that it was his birthday and they didn’t acknowledge it at all. Our service was very rushed. I am not recommending this “fine” dining experience

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was such a great experience. Server was knowledgeable about the menu and specials, very attentive. We will definitely be back.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time celebrating my wife’s birthday with friends and family. The food and service were impeccable. It is a little bit pricey but not bad for the quality of the food. Authentic Italian food and fancy enough for a special date but still comfortable if going for a casual meal. Who knew such a place existed in a strip mall in Temecula. My new favorite restaurant in Temecula!

DB
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On of the best Italian restaurant anywhere.

JG
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch food and service. The specials are always the hi light of the dining experience. I’m a repeat customer and will continue to be.

OT
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely awesome experience here, as always!!

BS
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Gourmet Italia never disappoints. Faith, our server, was fantastic.

SC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a great place to celebrate our wedding anniversary with another couple who share the same wedding date. Exquisite food, great wine, friendly service...and a special dessert to boot! Highly recommended for any occasion...you won't be disappointed!

SR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Second time there was even better than first. The Burrata and the Calamari were exceptional.

DC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Father’s Day dud. The food was lackluster and overpriced. The waitress was nice but she had too many tables assigned to her.

C
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food is good for Italian staples but there is always a wait despite booking a reservation. The owner was nice about us waiting but the hostess (maybe she's not the same every night so I wouldn't discount the place) should not be working in the service industry as all she told us was "a reservation isn't a guarantee you will be sat", to which we acted shocked about and she retorted, "what? I'm only telling you the truth".

That aside we had a pleasant evening and the waitress we had was wonderful!

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