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About It's Italia

It's Italia opened in 1997 as a San Francisco style trattoria and pizzeria serving gourmet pizzas, house pastas, and creative salads, always with a California Italian flavor, and a wine list of 10-12 varietals.
Ten years later, our menu has expanded to include steak and seafood grilled specialties, artful antipasti, and a decadent array of housemade desserts from our pastry chef. Over 120 bottles line up on our wine list from Italy, California, France, Spain, Australia, and New Zealand.
As always, we have remained faithful to a local coastal California Italian cuisine, with its cosmopolitan nature, bringing produce and cheeses from local farms, meats and poultry from quality and organic growers, and seafood from a variety of waters.

401 Main Street
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Mill Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 726-4444

Website:
http://www.itsitaliarestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
It's Italia is currently composing it's musical entertainment program. We forecast being able to offer live music in the genres of acoustic guitar stylings, hot, light, and standard jazz, and intimate classical ensembles.
We envision bringing in artists from throughout the Bay Area, as well as from our immediate local community.

We also hope to be a venue for young, up and coming artists, including children's choirs, soloists, ensembles and bands who show talent, energy, and promise.

Keep tuned into our musical offerings. We will be updating them here and on our website as well.

Catering:
We offer our entire menu To Go daily. We can custom create a menu for catered events up to 150 people in quantities and tastes to accommodate your group or event. Whether your needs call for a basic large pick up order, or complete catered party, (including serving staff, party rentals, etc.) It's Italia can provide service, menu, and flexible pricing to fit your needs. Please call our restaurant and ask to be referred to our Special Event and Catering manager for more details.

Parking Details:
There is Street parking for It's Italia on all surrounding streets (Main Street, Mill Street, and Johnston Street). As well, there are two large public parking lots across the street from the restaurant off of Mill Street
(these areas are not paved, but it is fine to park there.)

Public Transit:
Samtrans bus stop is located one block away from It's Italia, on the corner of Main and Kelly Streets, right in front of our City Hall.

Executive Chef:
Isaias Toxzon

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

It's Italia Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (16)
Cozy (15)
Worth the Drive (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Casual (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Authentic (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Fun (7)
Healthy (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Seasonal (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Business Meals (5)
Organic (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Great Beer (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Tapas (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Live Music (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Food was fantastic, service was great.
Highly recommend the short run. Perfection.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Dinner was for New Year’s Eve it was excellent. The server was excellent. The food was great.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We arrived for our dinner reservation on New Year's Eve and were presented with a special menu--a four course meal dinner option that we were not expecting. We could have ordered from the regular menu upon request, but we decided to go for the special menu since it was New Year's Eve. We had the most outstanding meal and the best service by Soleil! The meal included champagne, a delicious choice of appetizer, a beautiful salad, a choice of four different entrees, and a magical dessert. We were treated like VIPs, so the whole experience was wonderful. Thank you to It's Italia for making New Year's Eve so special!

Tags: Organic, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The brunch is outstanding! I would drive just for the popovers. The nicoise salad was fresh,flavorful, and delicious. My dining companion had the huevos rancheros and loved it. I have had dinner here a couple of times and really enjoyed it. The bar is fun too.

Tags: Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Cozy, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We come all the time and the food is consistently great and so is the service. Today we brought our friends from out of town and they enjoyed everything too.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Coffee
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We went to Its Italia for Christmas Eve dinner. The restaurant was decorated beautifully for the holidays. The service was superb on a busy night. The food was delicious. Definitely recommend.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

It's Italia was spectacular for Christmas Eve dinner! The ambiance and food were perfect. Ben our Server was outstanding and full of joy. So thrilled we made the last minute decision to spend the holiday dining here. Cheers!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

In my opinion one of the best restaurants on the peninsula definitely one of the best on the coast. Attention to detail is what this place is all about. The food is amazing and local. The ambiance is absolutely beautiful.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Healthy, Disabled Access, Organic, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Love the pizza at Its Italia. They don't have a kids menu which is typical in restaurants now.
Was noisy and cold.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Love it’s italia!!! My favorite restaurant and I visit there quite often!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

This is a very special restaurant for myself and 2 close friends. The food is delicious and of the best quality. Our waiter, Richard is superb, & we are comfortable sitting there for hours celebrating special occasions!!! The focaccia bread IS MADE THERE; the salmon is the best I have ever tasted; the garlic mashed potatoes sublime. Need I say more???

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Fun, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Paleo Friendly, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Healthy, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Our Dining experience was fantastic; quality of the food, presentation of each dish, service, great representation on the wine list, and It's Italia it self. First time diners, and will definitely be back.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Theater with the “girls”

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Wonderful food, lovely dining room all decked out for the holidays. I highly recommend the restaurant.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Romantic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The service was great. Food was really mediocre. (Third time I've felt this way) I will return for their bar food and
drinks; they are excellent! Will not return for dinner or brunch.
Also, no acknowledgment of special occasion. (Birthday).

Tags: Happy Hour
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We enjoyed a great dining experience at one of my favorite restaurants in HMB! John M.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

we took our friends from England and they loved the grilled octopus and other seafood. the restaurant is very pretty and has a very welcoming vibe. Our server was outstanding!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We joined the action as a family with our grandkids. The menu was varied and offered some unusual dishes that all enjoyed. Janet was our server and did a good job with 4 adults and 2 small children. The only challenge was in ordering Wine. Our first two choices were unavailable. We have eaten here before and will return.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 21, 2017

always a great dinner at our favorite local restaurant.

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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Food was exceptional; they were out of the first two wines we ordered and the service was quite slow. Took someone over 10 mins to greet us once we were sat and didn’t get much better after.

However, I would highly recommend this place because the food is absolutely incredible. We had the prawns, octopus and clams/mussels as appetizers and they were fantastic. Pizza is great. All the pastas were fresh and delicious

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Delicious, so many options! Wonderful flavors and great drinks. Our waiter was the absolute best!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Really excellent Italian food, full of fresh ingredients. Great wine list, including Italian wines. Our waiter (Ben ?) was really professional and very pleasant. Even in the middle of the restaurant, it was quiet enough for conversation. Lovely, warm atmosphere. We didn't sit outside, but the outdoor patio and fireplace looked very inviting. We'll be back !!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fun, Live Music, Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Healthy, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

It's Italia never disappoints, I tried their home made artichoke ravioli on my most recent visit and it was quite good. The locally sourced vegetable backs up the growing farm to table theme. You'll find an eclectic Italian menu, fresh seafood and a wood fired oven where a variety of meat dishes and both thick and thin crust pizza are prepared. The homemade meatballs are top notch! Beware that the seafood risotto, while still very good, was better when it contained day boat rather than bay scallops but the fresh clams and full size prawns remain. Nice spirit selection and quality drinks.

Tags: Romantic, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Live Music, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

A friend and I reserved a table for lunch at It's Italia because we had both eaten here previously and liked it. We were catching up because we had not seen one another for a while. Our hostess was very welcoming and our server was so sweet and understanding about the fact that we took a long time before we ordered our food. We also took our time to finish our lunch because going out for a meal is a special event in our world. Our food was delicious and well prepared. I have had similar meals in San Francisco that were not as good. I love the salads here because they are fresh and contain ingredients that I like. The salmon was crispy on the outside and perfectly cooked, not overdone. The gnocci is the lightest and best that I have ever had. One day I will get around to trying the items on the dessert menu.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

We first went last year while on our honeymoon, and after our experience, KNEW we would return. This past weekend we chose to travel back to Half Moon Bay to celebrate an anniversary & birthday, knowing we would for sure go to It's Italia for our special dinner. The staff & food was fantastic! Our server was knowledgeable about the menu & gave perfect suggestions. They sang happy birthday as a large group, and made our whole experience feel very warm. We will definitely go back again!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Another delicious meal at It's Italia. Don't miss the Pumpkin Festival Salad! And the seating in the back patio area is nice and quiet; great service, too.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

One of our favorite places! Delicious Filet Mignon dinner with a terrific salad. Their salads are unique and seasonal. Love them! Also, I had a delicious raspberry Bellini.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Casual, Cozy, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Always fabulous - and comfortable to bring our three young children. The food is phenomenal and the service is spot on.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2017

I've eaten at other Italian places in Half Moon Bay - this one beats them BY FAR!!
Spaghetti bolognese meatball was super good. My wife had the shrimp linguini, sauce and noodles were amazing, shrimp was, well, just shrimp...like in most Italian dishes with seafood.
The bread pre-dinner is amazing as well. Can't get over the service. Waiter loves his job and even the servers were very enthusiastic. That makes the difference for me. We sat down at 5:55pm for dinner and we were out of there by 6:25! Fast eaters love fast service. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME LOOKING ANY FARTHER...go now.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Was so excited to see they had put steak and eggs back on menu, then they couldn't get it right, medium rare, got it well done, then 15 minutes later got a blue steak😯

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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We enjoyed excellent appetizers, one used butternut squash, the other roasted brussels sprouts, would order them again. My entree was an artichoke ravioli that was very flavorful, my husband had a prawn dish that was equally good. He had an on tap beer, me a split of Prosecco. It was a lovely evening. It's Italia never disappoints.

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Sunday Lunch, Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Organic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Casual, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I have been to It's Italia a number of times; unfortunately Friday night's experience gave me second thoughts about returning. We were kept waiting 10-15 minutes for our table for two with reservations, had to wait several minutes for our appetizer to arrive, and then were kept waiting between 30-45 minutes for our entrees. The burratta appetizer was very good, but the most positive description for our entrees was indifferent! Everybody was apologetic about all the delays...something I'm quite willing to write off to last minute staff chanegs, etc. But the waits and delays could be forgiven if the food had been up to its previous quality. I am VERY sorry to say that I won't be returning to It's Italia.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

The menu states their willingness to accommodate vegan and vegetarian requirements, which is surprisingly rare among restaurants -- we much appreciated that.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

I have been to this restaurant several times and each time is wonderful. Their menu is very foodie driven and folks love the cocktails especially their bloody Mary with brunch.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, People Watching, Fun, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Outdoor patio was great. However drinks and food took forever and my husband and I both had stomaches afterwards and not sure what did it.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We have dined at this restaurant quite a few times. Unless it is very cold and/or wet weather I strongly advise asking for a table in the outside patio area. The tables are spread out a bit better there than inside.

The food is very good. Their pizzas are super as is their pasta dishes including traditional spaghetti and meatballs. The beef dishes are also a good choice.

The service is very good. The servers are attentive and knowledgeable. My only complaint with this establishment is their wine prices are a tad on the high side with most bottles going for $50 to $60.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

It was our first visit and everything was super amazing! From ambiance to food to service! Deifinetly a place to go and you'd be lucky if Nick is your waiter!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Most accommodating! Had a last minute change in # of guests (from 6-12) and they handled it easily..wonderful service, excellent food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We both had the Pumpkin Festival Salad, only this time of year, so hurry and get in there! I had the Wild Mushroom Risotto, excellent, meaty mushrooms, couldn't finish it. My husband had the Lasagna Bolognese and the best he's ever had and we brought half of that home too.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Everything was prepared fresh. We had Pizza, Salad and Apple Pie and some wine. Service was friendly and attentive. Restaurant is on a nice spot on Main Street from which you can take a nice stroll. Overall great value for the money. Two thumbs up. Will come back to try more from their menu and pretty extensive wine list!

Tags: Casual, Authentic
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