It's Italia

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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.
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KK
Columbus
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I dined at It's Italia for our 10 year wedding anniversary. Our waiter was very attentive and friendly from the moment we sat down. He made sure everything about our evening went smoothly.
We had a couple of the house specialty cocktails, all of which were great but I especially liked the lavender lemon drop.
Our food was excellent - everything was well executed, from the side salad to the gnocchi.
The dessert was delicious as well
I highly recommend It's Italia if you're looking for a nice dining experience.

PJ
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great, knowledgeable server, excellent food, nice presentation, fast service, good selection of wines

N
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Anniversary Dinner was wonderful, our Server, Ben was a delight and our meals were delicious!
What a great place to celebrate!

d
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely Italian restaurant with great service and delicious food......we sat on the back patio with our new dog and it was a perfect evening.

EY
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

We were very disappointed with the service!!
It took a long time for the bartender to find the bottle of Rose champagne, listed & suggested on the menu.
Waiter didn’t bring a simple club soda, had to ask for it 3 times, while the rest of us were waiting for the champagne.
The waiter took our orders, but the focaccia bread my aunt ordered came first, way before the rest of the food ordered.
No one bordered to tell us that was what she ordered till the rest of the food showed up!!!!!
We are very disappointed once again!
And we don’t plan to return again. There are a lot of better restaurants in HMB!!

KZ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A glitch occurred as our wait on our order was quite long. We thought perhaps we had made a mistake in choosing to dine here. Once management became aware of the issue they couldn’t have been more accommodating. Both the chef and owner introduced themselves, apologized for the delay and handled the resolution quickly and professionally. The food was wonderful and we’d return in a heartbeat. Great experience.

LS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is consistently one of our favorite restaurants in the entire Bay Area. If you live in HMB, I think it's a standard go-to place, but we come down from San Francisco, to sit on the patio, for special occasions. The food and drinks are always superb, and the staff is outstanding. Great Gluten Free options across the board as well. Highly recommend.

c
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oh yes, It's Italia is my favorite restaurant in Half Moon Bay. Lunch or dinner, the menu is interesting and the dishes are cooked/prepared just right. I love the Pumpkin Festival salad at lunch; the dinner menu has great appetizers and even better specials. YUM! And, I asked for a table by the windows at Main Street and got exactly what I requested. Thank you, It's Italia!!

TG
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and charming waiter Eduardo.

L
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Both meals were sent back. The swordfish was served in two thin very dry slices basically too dry to eat. The filet mignon was also a thinner cut, it had been ordered rare, the center was more medium rare to medium and the outer ends were well done. I have had this dish here previously and it had been great and cooked to my liking. Owner came over to tell us the steak had been cooked correctly and suggested ordering a different item. When I asked if the steak could be cooked less the owner insisted it had been cooked correctly and would come out exactly the same and again suggested ordering a different item. We ended up asking for the check. It took 10 min to get the check and then waitress came over apologized knowing we were there to celebrate a birthday. She wanted to make sure we got the locals discount on the appetizer which was very nice but took another 10 min plus another 10 minutes to take the payment. Very disappointing experience! Will not be back.

GM
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a nice dinner after attending an event. Several of the people in our party had not been here previously. They thought there was a good selection on the menu and just loved the bread that was served prior to the main course. The food was very tasty and delicious. The service was efficient and helpful. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a nice meal.

RD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience. Great pizza with fresh ingredients, perfect crust. The beet salad with pistachios was superb! Welcoming friendly service topped off the evening.

AC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The menu has improved, more items and good variety. Food presentation was pleasing and perfectly cooked. The bread is a good addition.

TM
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a most enjoyable night. Food was great as was the server

J
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Would love to see a steak selection in between the 16oz ribeye and the 8oz Filet Mignon... say a 12 oz NY strip? The 8 oz is just too small....

E
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have eaten here many time over 9 years. The food is always great. Nice patio dining when the weather is good.

L
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always great food and enjoy their specials. We drive in from the city and make a day of it in HMB --- great place for lunch and /or dinner.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The octopus appetizer is delicious/a favorite of ours but this time, it was mostly fennel (very few and small portions of the octopus) so we were sad about that!
Our server was nice but didn’t know the specials...had to check...that wasn’t a problem but thought I should say something...
And we LOVE the food and the staff but honestly, the music is SO loud and with such a big restaurant/so many people, we could hardly have a conversation :-/
We will come back because we’re local but we need more octopus :) and the music turned down a bit please 👍 Thank you!

c
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

We have been to It's Italia dozens of times, and service has always been great, but not this time, as server was indifferent and not well organized. Even the food was a bit "off" for some reason - omelette was OK but lacked something... mushrooms were not fresh? No cheese? No salsa? Complacency?

SQ
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food!

GD
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, and ambience was fabulous! We went there two nights in a row and invited our daughter to join us the second night. It was wonderful! We look forward to returning when we are in the area again. Great restaurant!!

L
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A beautiful place with very good food and a very pleasant courtyard.

E
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

They need to hire more help everything seems to take forever to get served Nd that’s after you wait to for them to take your order.

CB
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of 9 and started the evening at the bar. The bar tenders were friendly and the drinks were great. Our table was in the main dining area - very nice. However next visit, I want to be out on their absolutely lovely back patio area!

The service was spectacular. The food - OMG - so good.

I honestly cannot wait to go back.

KP
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We ordered through door dash. A $20 burrata pizza that didn’t come with any burrata cheese, and worth about $8.00. I thought it would be bigger, and more fixings. It was just dull. However, the pasta with the vodka sauce was delicious. We had to eat the pasta with our fingers though because they did not provide any to go silverware.

HB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fun atmosphere. Excellent service...waiter was friendly, professional and considerate. Room was a bit noisy, but OK. Filet mignon was perfect. Chicken marsala was tasty. Side dishes - spinach, green beans cooked just right. A fun birthday dinner for my wife. We'll be back.

L
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for either to sit at the bar or with a group of friends. Food is always delicious and parking is easy.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s Italia never disappoints. The food is excellent and the service also. Nice, relaxed ambiance, perfect for a date, a special occasion, or just a night out.

KW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great experience! Wonderful and attentive server, I believe his name was Ben. He made some great recommendations and had an outstanding meal as a result. The minestrone was the best I ever had! If we are every in the area again we will definitely return.

j
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I live down the street and this is my go to place for amazing food. The owner always knows me. I can’t eat the same for the waitress. She often forgets to bring what we ask for and never remembers me.

HM
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual. Great service from the hostess at the door, the waiter, and the bussers. Excellent and well-crafted, locally sourced food. Plenty for vegetarians like me, fish-eaters, and meat lovers alike.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated an anniversary here with my wife and we got the best table in their patio, right by their fireplace. Very romantic! Our waiter Ben was very kind and even offered to take a picture of us. I ordered the Red Light Negroni it was really good and came in a fancy light bulb glass. For food we got the lasagna (good sized portion and yummy) and the slow roasted short ribs (delicious and flavorful!). Overall amazing and romantic experience. Will definitely come back!

K
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Started out ok, but the bar service was so slow we were finished with appetizer when our cocktails came!!
2nd drink ordered, one was wine to eat with dinner
That dinner was consumed before wine came, and he ate very slowly!! All and all a very negative birthday experience

C
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time for the friends. They really enjoyed the food and derive and said they’d be back.

LC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent but the service was on the slow side. The restaurant was not crowded when we ordered so we were surprised that it took so long to receive our first course. This is not the first time I had been to the restaurant; this seems to be a pattern. Good news is that the food is excellent and almost worth the wait!

H
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was great. Service was slow.

CH
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very spirited! Enough vegetarian options to please us, great chocolate dessert. All wait staff were super nice and attentive. Shout out to Sevina's smiles!

DG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have had several very enjoyable meals here. The menu is interesting (not just the usual selection of traditional Italian dishes found at most Italian restaurants in the U.S), and everything has been well-prepared and attractively presented. Most dishes have been outstanding and none has been a disappointment. The waitstaff has also been friendly and responsive. My wife and I often skip appealing restaurants because of the excessive noise level. We've not been bothered by the noise level at It's Italia, enabling us to have a very pleasant and enjoyable evening conversing in normal voices without straining to hear or be heard.

B
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eduardo is an Excellent wait person.
The management staff is on top of everything.
we were well-cared -for and will return.

E
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place, good food and service - good for lunch or dinner before or after walk on the beach.
We have been to It's Italia a number of times and have always had a good experience. The seafood is always fresh and well prepared, the salads are interesting and one can add a piece of salmon, chicken or prawns to any salad for an additional charge. The service is gracious and friendly and the ambience is very pleasant. Highly recommended!

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