About Gourmet Italia

Gourmet Italia, experience Italy without ever leaving Temecula. Restauranteur, Alessandro (Alex) Prestifilippo moved to the states from Sicily in 1988. He takes pride in staffing his Sicilian Chef, Fabrizio, faimly friend and server, Angelo Catalano and the rest of his attentive, friendly staff. 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, specials and cooking class information! Dine with us and you could end up in a picture on the website or Facebook page! :)

27499 Ynez Road
Temecula, CA 92591
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday -Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(951) 676-9194

Website:
http://gourmetitaliarestaurants.com/

Entertainment:
Thursday nights: Ron Lovely- Piano/Singer Friday: Sugar Bear & Unlimited Flavor Saturday: Randy & Associates Sunday: Sugar Bear & Unlimited Flavor

Executive Chef:
Alessandro Prestifilippo

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Gourmet Italia Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (9)
Authentic (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
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Romantic (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Cozy (5)
Fun (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Live Music (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Business Meals (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Hot Spot (1)
People Watching (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food and service a year ago, but for wife's bday not so good.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Beautiful evening made better with Faith as our waitress.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

It was great. The food was wonderful. Don't remember it being so noisy. They should have made a little fuss about a couple's 60th wedding anniversary.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We arrived 15 minutes early for our reservation and it took 45 minutes to seat us. Once seated, we had a great table. Our waitress was friendly and accommodating. Ordered a bottle of wine and appetizers, which were great. It did take a very long time for dinner to come to our table (about an hour and 2o minutes). One of our dining guests let the owner/manager know and she wasn't particularly happy with the response and attitude. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal once it arrived, as did my husband (who later mentioned to me his was a bit on the salty side). I would come back and perhaps avoid peak dining hours/days.

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 21, 2017

what a gem ! in a strip mall but when you walk in you are taken to another place. décor is cool. food great. very good service. can't wait to go back.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

We went for my friends bachelorette party and we all loved the food and the ambiance. We also like the lounge next door which was playing live music and the singer was great. It was 70's music. The only reason I rate the food 2 stars is because my friend (the bride to be) found a hair in her meal when she was almost done with it. They were very nice and apologetic about it and gave us free desserts.

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Excellent service and food with a personal touch. Alex the owner met us at the door and ushered us to the adjacent lounge to wait for our table. The lounge is a full bar and wine tasting room with piano and comfortable seating and is an event by itself. After ten minutes Alex came back to seat us for dinner and introduced our waiter who was a seasoned professional fully versed in the menu and wines. We all ordered pasta dishes and a bottle of their own Sangiovese from Poggio Leano. The table was silent as we all enjoyed the flavorful and fresh dishes. Only complaint we ate too much to try the desserts! This was my second experience here and we will definitely be back to this gem!

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

An amazing find in Temecula. My wife and I feel we are in a quaint Italian restaurant in Sicily.
The food is exquisitely prepared and the service is always impeccable.
Don't wait, make a reservation.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The most amazing authentic Itailian food around. Love, love, love this place! You can't go wrong with anything on the menu. We will be back!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 4, 2017

We have dined there on numerous occasions and have consistently had great food and very good service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great Restaurant! Owner is the real deal from Sicily and so is the chef.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Charming restaurant with excellent cuisine and a lovely decor. Very authentic.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Good for Groups, Authentic, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Faith was the BEST !
Attentive, fun, knowledgeable, attractive. ( Very attractive )

Tags: Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 22, 2017

The food was delicious. Portions were small on the lobster ravioli and the gnocchi for the prices. The service was excellent and should be as it was not busy by any means. Great attention to their guests for the most part. Unfortunately, the server offered to take my half eaten plate of Spaghetti Carbonara to wrap up to go but never brought it back. We left without remembering to ask him for it and he forget to give it to us so that was a bummer.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Enjiyvtge dpecials, Great food and awesome service. Always!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 30, 2017

My first time at restaurant and will be back, excellent veal marsala, ambiance and great service

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 25, 2017

This was a VERY disappointing experience. Four girlfriends went to have a great evening out on our staycation. However the service was awful. And that may be putting it lightly. The waiter was pushing the "owners" wines. Scoffed at one of my gf who wasn't drinking when she asked for a Shirley temple. (She is pregnant that is why she isn't drinking). Furthermore he took our soup before we were done. He didn't ask if we were done or anything. Just took it with soup still in it. Completely unacceptable! The food was average at best and it was expensive. I will never go back or recommend this restaurant to anyone I like.

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on August 24, 2017

I had the chicken al limonene with veggies on the side. Light, fresh, and delicious.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Our server Jen was awesome, as was the food. Thank you :)

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Food was delicious! Service was excellent! This place tucked away in this shopping plaza was a GEM and we wil definitely be back. Thank you so much!

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

This place for food has been our favorite place to eat in Temecula for over 16 years. It is by far the most consistent, top quality Italian cuisine in the Temecula/Murrieta area. Alex's team is professional but fun, hard working but pleasant and really understand how to keep the locals happy every time we come eat there. My family has never had a marginal meal there. Always the best !!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 18, 2017

The food was unexpectedly bland. The atmosphere was family oriented and quaint. I would definitely return, it may have been the selection I choose. I did enjoy the expedited, welcoming service.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 17, 2017

I wish the server smile more and be more friendly and more conversation with diners. I arrived early, was seated by the server and served with water and never come back asked me anything else until my friends arrived joined me.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Gourmet Italia is our go-to for special occasions at night. Alex and his staff never fail to impress on authentic Sicilian service and cuisine. From the time you walk into the restaurant, you feel the warm welcome like you are part of the family. I visited Italy last year and can vouche for Alex's authentic cuisine - there's simply no better food in Temecula.

For a more casual dining experience, visit his pizzeria Spuntino. The veggie pizza will surprise you. You'll find me there most Friday nights.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Live Music, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Found restaurant recommendation in Trip Advisor. Booked large group for family lunch meet up. Delicious Meals for everyone - both picky adults & fussy kids. Great service all around. Will go back again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Cozy, Bar Seating, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Romantic, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Great Italian dinner! Will definitely come back! Old School Italian.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Best restaurant in 60 mile radius at least! INCREDIBLE in every way!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Afternoon Tea, Late-night Find, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Perfect Mother's Day meal. The food was amazing. The service was stellar. Will definitely be back. The linguini bolognese was fantastic !!!!! Superb Italian food. The pizza margarita was great and the lasagna was spectacular. Not to mention the side of meatballs which were cooked perfectly and covered in cheese. This place is the real deal. Well worth every penny. Thanks team for a great meal !!!!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Our Server Giuseppe, was really GREAT and the food was just Amazing!

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Took my family here for Mothers day brunch and everything was fantastic. My Mother loved everything about this place, food, ambiance, service etc. I would highly recommend it for anyone wanting a memorable meal.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We had a table for 7 on Mother's Day. This restaurant was off the charts awesome. The food, the service, the location!! Everything was absolutely wonderful! Would recommend to anyone looking for authentic Italian food and atmosphere!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Wonderful food and great service!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Amazing service and food. Took Mom for lunch in celebration of Mother's Day. It was a hit! She LOVED it and can't wait to go back to try other authentic Italian dishes.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 12, 2017

This is probably one of the best Italian restaurants I've ever been to! I LOVE their Chicken Marsala, Crostini and Tiramisu. Great food and great service! I highly recommend.

Tags: Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Great service! My date was running late and the server kept checking on me to see if I needed anything. When my date arrived, our server immediately greeted her and let her settle in before checking in on us.

Ambiance is wonderful! Classy but also very down to earth.

Food was AMAZING. We shared the eggplant parm appetizer. Great flavor. Both of our entrees were equally tasty and well prepared.

We will definitely be back!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Service was slow. My dads food came out cold. My girlfriend didn't care for her dish. All 6 of us thought food was just so so. Cannoli was very good!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 29, 2017

A true gem of the inland empire. The food is outstanding and the prices are very reasonable.
I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves authentic Italian cuisine.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 19, 2017

Great meal. Great service. Everything we tried was great, especially the antipasto. Beautiful and delish.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 16, 2017

I had made reservations on line for Easter Sunday. They gave me a time but did not mention that they were closed on Easter. I arrived there with my friend to find someone there waiting to tell me they were closed. That should have been on the web site. Very disappointing.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on April 9, 2017

Always Great Food and service

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