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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

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Worth the Drive (22)
Good for a Date (21)
Romantic (20)
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Cozy (19)
Special Occasion (19)
Local Ingredients (19)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Great for Lunch (12)
Casual (12)
Authentic (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Fun (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Healthy (7)
Seasonal (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Business Meals (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Organic (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Great Beer (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Live Music (2)
Tapas (2)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

No gluten free options after advertising gluten free options. Out of various drinks and food options. Seems like poor planning? Staff was very nice

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Lovely food and warm service!

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·Dined 2 days ago

Wonderful!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Had an absolutely wonderful 4 course price fix meal for Valentine’s Day! Special care went into each dish from the appetizer, salad, main course and dessert to make it delicious, romantic and memorable! They also featured a special Valentine’s Day Drink with a rose petal as a decorative addition and a cranberry ice cube in each glass.
I chose fresh heirloom tomato buratta for my appetizer, the beet salad, 16 oz. bone in rib eye with sautéed onions an mushrooms (yum!) and to finish it off, I had the strawberries with zabagione! So good! My husband chose the Salume and cheese appetizer, filet mignon, and chocolate mouse. Oh so good!
Great prompt service throughout the evening.
It’s Italia, you really outdid yourselves! Thanks!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

This is one my most favorite restaurants and I just love it. However the valentine menu wasn’t so successful. The beet salad was an unseasoned random collection of items, my lamb was tough and almost inedible and the desserts were just not up to normal standards. Took a couple bites and pushed them away. Sad ending. Of course I will return and still love the food but this was surprising.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Nice place: good atmosphere, good service, tasty food. Great place to have a meal after admiring the ocean. Definitely worth a drive to Half Moon Bay.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 13, 2018

We were seated quickly and then quickly forgot! A number of people who had arrived after we did were then waited on before us UMMM. Overall food was ok the rest was less than remarkable. Spend your money elsewhere!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

One of the best restaurants on the coast! Love it!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

oven roasted prawns
field mushrooms with arugula
caesar salad
bruscetta

all a must!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The wait staff was terrific and the food was, as always, outstanding. More than we could finish.
The restaurant was a bit loud but we were sitting in the very center to accommodate our larger party.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

It's Italia is my favorite restaurant in Half Moon Bay. Never disappoints!

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Service was very good! Beautiful day sat outside. Music was good!! Great day to celebrate my friends birthday.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Very good food very slow service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Seated 30 min after reserved time. Poor slow service. Salad came before bread and wine. They "couldn't find" the ordinary $42 wine we ordered. Recommended a substitution. I was blown away when bill came with $72 wine! Did not have tiramusu. Did not comp dessert we we promisef due to late seating. We asked to have it deducted. Maybe all just a bad busy sat night but very poor experience. Food was good but not worth all the other stuff.

Tags: Authentic, Seasonal, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Wonderful food! Everything was on point, service was friendly and attentive. Beautiful restaurant and worth the drive even from the East Bay.

Tags: Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

My husband and I live nearby but seldom go out in Half Moon Bay for dinner. We were so happily surprised by It’s Italia! The clams/mussels in tequila broth appetizer, prime rib and slow cooked short ribs were outstanding. The service was also above and beyond, so at the end of the night, we felt like we had the perfect date.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

It's Italia is a very good restaurant. They take advantage of the wealth of local produce and turn out beautiful and delicious dishes. There's something for everyone. In nice weather (which is most of the time) the patio in back is lovely.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We requested seating outside where we were able to sit next to the outdoor fireplace. It was a colder evening so the heating lamps were on and out seating outside was perfect. The food was delicious as always and the STRACCHINO STUFFED FOCACCIA BALLS and BURRATA BRUSCHETTA were liked by all. I always enjoy their food there and love that they change it up with the seasons.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Bar Seating, Cozy
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 5, 2018

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 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 December 31, 2017

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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vip
 (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 24, 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 24, 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 23, 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 15, 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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 (San Francisco)·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 4, 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 November 30, 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 25, 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 24, 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 20, 2017

always a great dinner at our favorite local restaurant.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 19, 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 18, 2017

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

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 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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