Gourmet Italia

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720 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an exceptional Italian restaurant! The food is fantastic and their "Poggio Leano" wine is extraordinary, especially the Multipolciano and Charddonay. The service and ambiance makes for a beautiful eating experience.

GM
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, wonderful atmosphere, great service. We’ll be back next time we’re in Temecula!

EA
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We were VERY disappointed!
I had been there a few times, years ago and thought it would be a great place for my husband and I to take our friends for a nice dinner. We spent over $300 and everything from the service we received to the food was terrible!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service, and ambiance. Best place for dinner in Temecula.

G
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very good. We had the veal and lasagna. Ambiance very nice.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Awesome. Don’t hesitate. Everything was delicious. Fresh and perfectly prepared and served. Appetizers right through to dessert. Can’t say enough. I am in my 60’s and have travelled my entire career entertaining clients at dinner receptions. Gourmet Italia is special.

OT
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, wonderful food as always, very upscale experience. Alex covers all the details perfectly. Our families only choice for Italian.

PG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anytime we visit Gourmet Italia it is a pleasure! The food is always amazing! The service is always top notch!

LA
Sydney / NSW
78 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

A No-Brainer when near Temecula! So absolutely delicious 😋

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We went here on a recommendation and could not have been happier with the choice. The food is amazing (get the burrata!) and they have a great wine list. The bar next door was a great place to grab a drink before and after dinner while listening to live music. The place was packed so service was a little slow, but everyone was very pleasant.

KP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful. Alex the owner makes you feel like family. Great food and great service. I’ve been going for over 15 years and it only gets better with time.

OT
34 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Waitress knew the specials very well. Food was good. The beet and watermelon salad was a straightforward presentation and the calamari friti was very tender. Unfortunately, there was a piece of metal wire in the calamari friti. The owner was made aware of the issue, but I found it odd that there was not any effort to mitigate the situation. Any other restaurant would have made some effort - a round of drinks or dessert on the house at minimum.

f
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Feel like you went to Italy & back. Food is exceptional and all the servers know the menu so well. Friendly and welcoming team even from the owners. This is a hidden gem and I hope it stays that way!

JP
Kansas City
142 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I'd heard great things and added a business dinner here on my latest trip to Temecula. I found a lot of great options on the menu, but was in the mood for chicken parmesan. I asked about it, and told that the veal was better than chicken parm; I'm ok with either, so took the recommendation. It came with a side of pasta. While it was good, I didn't find the sauce particularly flavorful. The veal was just the way I like it for veal parm (pounded thin; tender), but was missing salt and enough sauce. It took a bit to get our server's attention, and I asked for more sauce - it never came. I'd probably go back, but would alter my menu selection.

NE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always our go to restaurant when taking out special guests or celebrating a special event 5 stars!!!

a
Los Angeles
60 reviews
Reviewed on May 20, 2019
Overall3foodserviceambience

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
Overall2food3service3ambience5

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
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JH
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A little pricey but excellent Italian flavors and menu choices.

TG
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience2

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
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

CG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food5service2ambience2

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined here numerous occasions, never disappointed.

AD
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DG
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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
79 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MO
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Company’s 1 yr Anniversary

DD
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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!