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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.6

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (17)
Good for a Date (14)
Romantic (14)
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Neighborhood Gem (13)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Special Occasion (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Cozy (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Fun (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Live Music (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Business Meals (3)
Casual (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
People Watching (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Vegan (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Gourmet Italia always delivers a delicious hot enjoyable meal. The mushroom risotto is delish.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I don’t know why I haven’t left a review before but to a certain degree I’m not sure they even need one more positive review. They’re busy and they deserve it! We love the service, the food and ambiance. They have one of my favorite Caesar salads and their carbonara is incredible! It’s become a tradition when family comes to visit to come here and we make sure to go early since they are very busy for dinner.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 2, 2018

My only regret is not getting the calamari. However, we had the Fruiti de Mari (between 4.5 and 5 stars) and the Chicken Marsala (4.0 star). For me, those are excellent scores and I will definitely return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Very good as always, food and service very good. Our favorite place in Temecula

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2017

As always a fantastic Italian meal served by attentive staff.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Been there before and food was better. Still good but not really special. Love the Ambiance.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

We had a superb Christmas dinner here for a family of 4. Not cheap, but you get what you pay for. Outstanding food and service.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Usually a great place for lunch or dinner. Food on this visit was very salty. Also, pasta with medallions was terrible. Think meat was from frozen and only about 4 small pieces. Most of the other meals were good.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

The service and the food of this restaurant is excellent. I love the part that this restaurant was able to accommodate our big family (all 18 of us) into 1 long table even though I was not able to do it through the open table. The restaurant also made a very nice birthday dessert for mother in law.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 24, 2017

What a great little gem in Temecula. I was pleasantly surprised and my son loved the butter sauce penne pasta as part of bambini menu. Great food and ambiance. I’m going again. There was a little construction being finished for wine tasting.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Casual, Authentic
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The staff and management were great. They served our party of 20 with gracious style. Food is excellent. We all will be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great! Best Italian food in town

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Yummy real Italian food in an elegant dining experience. Had a a very nice experience.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Best Italian restaurant we have been too! Excellent service, main course and salad!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The best food ever!!!!!!!

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

I've never been disappointed with the food and service at Gourmet Italia. Excellent restaurant and wine bar.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Live Music
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

First time visit. Best Italian food I have had in Temecula. Definitely my new to to Italian eatery

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Everything was great. They moved us from a so so table in the middle of the dining room to a better table in the front room.

Food and service was excellent!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Outstanding service, cuisine and ambiance! But it’s always that way. Very highest recommendation.

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·Dined on November 15, 2017

Fabulous as usual. We go at least once a month. Owner works all the tables and makes you feel welcomed. All waiters are very nice and are very attentive. Highly recommend this restaurant!

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Fun, Casual
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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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 (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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