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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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (19)
Good for a Date (19)
Good for Birthdays (18)
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Local Ingredients (17)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Special Occasion (15)
Cozy (14)
Good for Groups (14)
Great for Lunch (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (14)
Romantic (14)
Casual (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Bar Seating (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Authentic (10)
Fun (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Healthy (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Business Meals (6)
Seasonal (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Tapas (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Organic (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Great Beer (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Live Music (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
People Watching (1)
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 3 days ago

always a great dinner at our favorite local restaurant.

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·Dined 4 days ago

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 5 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

been going to this restaurant for years. a great place for good Italian. My wife had a terrific fish dish, flavorful and colorful! Pasta is consistently satisfying. Our waiter was well versed with the wine menu.
Outdoor seating next to the fireplaces is best, weather permitting. If not, indoor is very cozy. This is our go-to for HMB!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We went for Sunday brunch. We had a reservation and were seated right away. Ambiance and service were great. Food was good, but not quite great. Steak and eggs, steak was a little overdone for medium. It was sliced up for serving and I would prefer if it was left whole. Huevos rancheros was good, but not a stand out. Spaghetti carbonara was great. I guess it is best to order Italian dishes at an Italian restaurant! The popover with butter and jam which we shared was fabulous.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Service was great, nice location and space. The Bolognese dish my son ordered was completely dried out when it came - they immediately took it back and came back with a completely new dish. The new dish was moist, but had zero taste. Everything else was pretty good, and service was positive.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We have never been disappointed with a meal or service at It's Italia. We continue to introduce family and friends to this gem!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We dine at It's Italia about 3-4 times a month and are almost always pleased with our experience. The menu features fresh, in-season produce and high quality meats. The pasta is always a good bet. They make great pizza, too.

Tags: Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

I come here regularly. Food was so slow

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We went early evening (Friday date night) and the restaurant only had a few people there. With all of the tables available I couldn't figure out why they put a loud family with a toddler right next to us.

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

I apologize, we I did receive my points. Thank you

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Love everything about this place! It's my Hmb go to restaurant whenever I visit from San Francisco!

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

After the biggest heat wave in memory, we we were a little reticent to brave the throngs of beach-seekers for dinner in downtown Half Moon Bay. As it turned out, we needn't have worried. Traffic forced us to delay the reservation, but the staff at It's Italia took it in stride. They seated us on the patio, cooler and quieter than the dining room, and brought delicious bread. The margarita was potent and tart, the way I like it. We loved the gnoccis and pesto pasta comfort food. Cherry pie was on the sweet side for me, but it was delicious. Staff was warm, not formulaic. Add It's Italia to the list of HMB restaurants that are worth trying!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Comfort Food
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

We where given a $100 gift card to Its Italia. We used it in July and my husband ordered the salmon. It came with mash potatoes and a vegetable. It cost $22 and it was delicious. I ordered the Chicken Marsala and it had no Marsala wine taste in the dish. Very disappointed. We still had money left on our gift card so we tied the restaurant again. Yesterday I ordered the salmon but this time it came with only roasted vegetables. Some kind of red and orange long roasted peppers. When I ate one of the peppers my mouth was on firer. Totally tuned my meal. Now that salmon dish cost $29. My husband meal stated shrimp in a tomato cream sauce. Not what he got. It's a charming place but stay way from their Salmon with roasted vegetables and Chicken Marsala.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2017

A great restaurant for many years, it has been one of our favorite Italian spots in HMB. More recently, the service levels and details have not been there, so we would now rate this behind Mezza Luna and Pasta Moon. For example, water has been warm, long delays to bring out bread, longer delays between salad and main course, tough to split a salad in two, etc. I'm sure these things will get back to normal in time, but probably just requires better training of staff and the kitchen. Food quality is still there, but great restaurants are careful with the service details.

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 (London)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Had been previously and enjoyed our evening. Decided to go with friends this time. Starter of Brussel Sprouts poor, kids menu non existent, booked table for 6:30 seated at 6:55 service overall pretty poor. Got food orders wrong and Kids pizza ended up being a regular pizza. Complained and was laughed at. Won't go back will stick to Pasta Moon

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on August 27, 2017

We enjoyed everything about our visit to It's Italia. The food was wonderful and the atmosphere was really nice. We were visiting the area, but would definitely go back next time we are in Half Moon Bay!

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Always Great.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 21, 2017

The food was spectacular. I have never had such fresh pasta - and that includes visiting Italy. The service was exceptional - friendly, prompt but not hovering. Highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Best meal that I've had all year. Highly recommend the Chicken Piccata. It's normally a mundane fare, but they balanced it really well. I'm going back to order that again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Cozy
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

We were pretty disappointed.
Not ITALIA at all. Uncomfortable chairs... noisy... lousy atmosphere.

Tags: Quick Bite
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