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Gourmet Italia

4.5
666 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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Neighborhood
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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
What 666 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 3 days ago

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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5.0Dined 4 days ago

One of the finest restaurants we have ever eaten at!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

My father in law was going to be coming through town to go to his grandsons graduation from high school. We wanted to celebrate Father’s Day early and take him out for a great dinner. We love this restaurant and they make a great bottle of wine at their winery. It was perfect. The food was amazing, the wine was delicious, and the service was excellent. Alex came by and said hi which is always fun. Have yet to have a bad bite or sip. Thanks and highly recommended.

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We waited our table over 45 minutes even we had a reservation.That´s too much.

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Always been terrific! I am transported back to Italy, every time I dine there. Alec, the owner, is a great spirit and fun , on top of every aspect of his restaurant! Always good wine, appetizers are always a highlight, main courses so delicious.....waitstaff, so polite and help make our meals delightful. Alec, made sure on one occasion when my guy was ill to send soup home for him an a pasta. When we have just a regular dinner or lunch , wonderful. Then, when it is a special occasion, the meal is made better by all the employees! When I am home in Phoenix I miss Gourmet Italia. The joke in the family is when mom gets to Temecula, she goes directly to Gourmet Italia for an attitude adjustment! So true.....do not hesitate to dine here, I have eaten all over the world at fine fine restaurant s, gourmet Italia is right up there! Way to go Alec!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Graduation

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Went for our bachelorette party dinner. Waitress was great, food was amazing!!

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

The waitress "Faith" is absolutely the Very best !
Sharp, efficient, and most important FUN !

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3.0Dined on May 28, 2018

I get that it was Memorial Day Weekend but they also knew that we had a 7pm reservation and were not seating until just before 8pm. When we were in the bar waiting the cocktail waitress took about 10 minutes to acknowledge us and when she did ask if we wanted drinks and we hesitated for 2 seconds she just said ok and walked off she was quite rude. We tried to get her attention again but she wouldn’t even look at us. When seated at our table the waitress was very attentive. They were out of the appetizer we wanted and had ordered 2 minestrone soups and only had enough left for 1. The food took quite a while to get to us I’m sure not the waitresses fault but the kitchen being backed up. Once we got the food it was good but not worth all we went through and all the waiting.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Wonderful place! Food is delicious and service is the best. A must go!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

The best Italian in Temecula for past 19 years. Bar none

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Probably the best Italian restaurant food ever had in Temecula

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1.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Reservations at 8 pm. Told it would be 15 more minutes. Owner kept checking around to see who needed a table. Didn’t even talk to us. Checked back with hostess at 8:45. Told us table was being cleared...at 9pm we walked out the door.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Great place to have dinner and love their wine bar. Alex and Leroy are fabulous

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Very disappointed. No one really enjoyed the food. My daughter got salmon that was raw (it's not sushi), my veal parmesan was over cooked and cold and the seafood pasta special was fishy. Overall a big disappointment. It's a beautiful place but they really got to work on the quality of the food.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

7:30 appointment, wasn’t seated til after 8 and weren’t served our dinner til a quarter to 10pm.
Food was just average

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Always great food and service. We have been going there for years and have never left without having a wonderful experience. The service is exceptional and the meals are the real deal. I feel like I am back in Sicily every time I go. My families favorite place for our special occasions.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Beautiful but wish the table is round rather than rectangle because we all deaf so need to see everyone sign language on circle table as its hard to see other on rectangle
Good delicious appetizers and desserts! Entrees are ok..

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

We loved it! The food was amazing. Definitely the best Carbonara I have ever had. We loved that the owner comes around and greets guests. It’s so welcoming.

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2018

This Is very much like going to a restaurant and Italy. It’s very cozy in a strip mall so it doesn’t give a sense of being a high-end restaurant. The food is high end and their prices are higher than most Italian places but it’s worth it. They don’t skimp on meat or the quality of ingredients and it shows when you taste the food.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Once a quarter my three sisters and I meet for lunch with our 98 year old aunt and her two daughters, her caregivers. We always try to pick a nice restaurant with a large selection on the menu. Gourmet Italia met all of our expectations--great food, very friendly, helpful service.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Great food, romantic ambience and wonderful service. Truly the gem of Temecula!

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4.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Food & service was good & would go again. Authentic Italian food. Only thing that kept me from 5 star was my meatballs I ordered were actually cold. Everyone was enjoying their evening so I didn’t say anything.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Our favorite place when visiting Temecula . Fabulous food, great service . Giuseppe was
personable and attentive .

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We had a wonderful time and enjoyed our food. We very much enjoyed the music in the wine bar after dinner.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

They food delicious here and the seafood is very fresh. Unfortunately, i had already marked and stated this dinner reservation is for a birthday but the front receiver person did not inform our waitress. Our waitress was absolutely great and attentive! Will most likely go again if the opportunity allows it, just won’t plan anything special incase they dont read the extra notes on open table.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

As always, another great experience at Gourmet Italia. Alex and his staff always make you feel special and the food is absolutely incredible. Our friends were dining there for the first time and being Italian, had doubts about our endorsement but left extremely impressed and sure to return.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The food was amazing, we already went back for lunch.
Claudia

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great food. Although seems a bit clickish. The owner seemed to talk to everyone he knew but looked at us and just walked by. Very disrespectful. Not sure we will go again.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Took my wife for her birthday. Great food and overall experience.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Very pleasent ambience and Excellent food. The service met my expectations for a busy night.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We always dine at Gourmet Italia after wine tasting in Temecula but we were disappointed this time. We were 15 minutes early for 6:00 reservations and did not get seated until 6:40. We were with friends who needed to catch a flight so this was a real problem. Manager was unapologetic and did nothing to try to make it right. In fact, she seemed annoyed when we inquired how much longer it would be. When we finally got seated, our waiter was excellent but the food definitely was not as good as prior visits. Maybe it was an off night? We will give it another chance because we always enjoyed this restaurant it in the past.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Overall great experience! The staff was friendly and took care of our group. We were a group of 8 so it was a bit crowded for us but we made it work and we had a great time!

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

one of the best -- consistently delicious food, attentive & friendly service, nice ambiance.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

This is one of the best restaurants in Temecula. Great wine list and the food is amazing. Away from the wineries so parking is easy.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

This place has amazing food and service. The food is made with the highest quality. We went to Italy this last summer and this restaurant has better quality then what we found on vacation. Also, has a great wine list to choose from.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed out experience at Gourmet Italia. Our server was very friendly, and the food was outstanding! Loved the atmosphere as well. :-)

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Dinner was Delishes!!! I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for amazing food.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Service is just okay as is food. I hadn’t been back in years and it just seems almost like we’re an inconvenience to the restaurant.

Personally I think the reviews are higher than they should as people likely come here after spending the day in wine country and therefore anything is awesome after a day of drinking

With other available options nearby at a better value I don’t think we’ll be back for another 8 Years.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

This restaurant is a gem! Our family is Italian, we are picky, and spoiled, being a great cook . It’s nice to go out and get good food . Reminds me of the quaint places in New York City . I would recommend this place for any occasion! Bon Appetit

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