North Italia - El Segundo
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Everyone kept telling us happy anniversary which was really nice. We were given complimentary desserts for our anniversary which was really nice. The Blanco pizza is delicious and now my new favorite!!!
A little more attention to the table. Had to look for server 3 times to request items. But server overall was great.
The vibe here is a little more like a dance club than a restaurant. It's so loud that you can't hold a conversation and the service was disjointed and slow. Our server was pleasant and attentive but the bar staff and kitchen were a little overwhelmed and the place wasn't really at capacity.
Having said that...the food and drinks were good. If the volume of the music was lower, the atmosphere would be nice.
2nd time being there and every bit as amazing as the first. Service is exceptional. Everyone who touched our table was polite, helpful, and appearance was clean and professional. Food is exceptional. The Grilled Bread and Good Olive Oil should be required for every meal. The Tuscan Kale Salad is a delicious starter. The Pig Pizza is heaven. Crust has good chew to it and that slightly charred crust from the fire oven. My only minor gripe is maybe cut some of the meats into small pieces. Sometimes you bite a pepperoni or sausage and it doesn’t come apart and next thing you know your holding a whole giant pepperoni out the side of your mouth. Other than that deliciously messy experience, I have nothing to complain about. I live all the way in Van Nuys and it takes about 75-90 minutes to drive there in traffic and I’ll do it again and again.
Our server was terrific and kept our evening fun. The food was prompt and a very good value.
Friends and I loved the pasta-- Squid Ink Malfadine and Short Rib Radiatori. Interior of the restaurant feels cozy and classy. Service was sort of up and down, but we know they did their best to make sure we were happy. Would love to come again.
My only complaint about this restaurant Is that the servers and wait staff do not keep the tabletop clean during the meal. At least once during the meal they should come by and sweep up the breadcrumbs and ant spills etc.
Had a fantastic meal and a great meeting. The food was a good price there was a great wine selection, and the meal was delicious. Loved it
Service great!!! Noise level started off ok then as restaurant filled so did noise level- open environment is esthetic ally pleasant to the eye not so much to the ear- but overall really great place
Good food and nice atmosphere. Wait staff professional and knowledgeable.
Late birthday dinner with daughter and wife. Food was excellent. Love this place.
Very disappointed as our open table reservation specifically stated celebrating a birthday. I sent my daughter with her friends as a birthday gift and the server never even acknowledged her birthday, nor did he ask if they wanted dessert. Just tested like an ordinary dinner. If a guests notes a special occasion, they should be treated as such - at the very least acknowledge and wish her a happy birthday. Clearly someone dropped the ball here.
Food was good .. service wasn’t the best ..I don’t know if they were short on staff but waitress was taking forever
Loved our pastas but wish we could have finished everything! Fabulous chicken pesto pasta and also the squid ink pasta. Healthy portions so ate some for leftovers!!
You will always find a lively atmosphere, with energetic waitstaff and talkative guests. The food never disappoints (haven’t had a bad meal yet), with a wide array of choices for food and drinks.
I highly recommend visiting, but may steer you in a different direction if you are wishing to conduct business or have an intimate conversation, as the noise level may make it a bit challenging.
- Brian B.
Great server and ambiance, but the food was a disappointment considering the price point. Should have taken a photo of my short rib entree that might have had 2 oz of meat. Delicious but certainly not proportionate for the price.
Food was very salty (we had chicken Parmesan and pizza). And this is a repeat problem. Will not order those items again. Also the chicken was way overcooked (difficult to cut). 3 of us had the chicken Parmesan.
I love North Italia and our waitress was excellent! Celebrated my birthday dinner with Strozzapretti and a glass of Pinot Grigio, was perfect! The waitress recommended a dessert I never would have tried, Hazelnut Torta, and now I think it's my favorite!
I had been to North Italia before with some friends for a late lunch. We all shared a few of the small plates with a glass of wine and it was fabulous. So fabulous that when my sister came in town to visit, I made a reservation to take her there for dinner. We showed up promptly for our 7PM reservation only to be kept waiting for the better part of 30 minutes. Finally when seated, our server was so busy that it took another hour to order dinner- to be fair- he did take our appetizer and drink order- drinks come somewhat quickly but the bruschetta took 45 minutes after which he finally allowed us to order dinner. To make it easy on the kitchen- we ordered salads. I had the chicken caesar. That food came within 15 minutes of ordering guessing because the crowd had calmed a bit. The food was just OK. The bruschetta wasn't fully toasted and not very good- (we had the one with the prosciutto). I didn't eat it although my sister did. I may give them another try - NOT on a Saturday night to see if it was just an off night.
Very loud, poor acoustics so we all have to talk loud over other people’s noises. We had an 6:45 pm reservation for 4 and didn’t get seated until 30 mins later. The kitchen and server staff seem not to be able to keep up with a busy restaurant. We ordered 2 appetizers, meatballs and truffle bread. The latter didn’t come out until another 20 minutes after we were served the meatballs. 3 of our entrees were served at the same time while the 4th entree came almost 10 mins after. We went there to celebrate 2 bdays but the whole experience didn’t feel special, no dessert with candles came out at all, even if it wouldn’t be comped.
North Italia is our go-to place for special occasions and we are never disappointed!
Met expectations on food quality, selection of wines and service.
I have enjoyed North Italia in the past but my last visit fell short and I'm not sure I'll be back.
We were time constrained, as we needed to take someone to the airport, and let our waiter know that as soon as we sat down. Although we had allotted plenty of time to eat, we wound up having to shovel down our food, as it took well over 40 minutes after we ordered to be served.
Additionally, while two of us essentially ordered the same dish (spaghetti & meatballs), mine was served with 2/3 the amount of meatballs and 1/2 the amount of "pasta" (I had the spiraled veggies instead of pasta), even though I was charged more for my dish than the regular version.
Finally, at least 3 of us had an upset stomach after eating our dinner--I'm not sure if it was the rushed eating or something with our food, but the end result was not pleasant.
We have come here many times. It has always been enjoyable with exceptional service. This time was quite disappointing. The service was very slow and inattentive. Our cocktails took 20 minutes. The restaurant was exceptionally loud (and we were outside.) We waited a long time for everything from our food to our check. It was not the pleasant experience we were used to or expecting.
Birthday & Bon voyge celebration . It was very nice.
Best Happy Hour in the South Bay !
My favorite place!! Dine there about once a month with a friend. We always split the kale salad with chicken and the artichoke. For desert we have a scoop of icecream with expression poured over it. They make the best!!!
Their pizza and pasta are also wonderful. Can’t go wrong.
Horrible food and service, even worse manager to take accountability for anything. Not even a genuine sorry.
Great meal and great service.
It's Just ok. Not the best red sauce I have had. Very sweet tasting, almost "commercial" tasting. That should be a signature piece for an Italian restaurant. Fish was moist, but super salty almost as if they brined it.
Not rushing back.
The food and service were great! I highly recommend and cannot wait to come back!
I love the atmosphere of this restaurant.
Great service and delicious food, can't beat that.
The food is fabulous!
Good food and ambiance. Quite noisy. Conversation across the table was difficult.
Enjoyed our early dinner with happy hour. Everything was great I was wondering if they can put background music or even live music nothing fancy. It may reduce the noise level down & enhance the ambiance.
Best birthday lunch for mom and our server Trevor was beyond amazing.
My recommendation to someone else would depend on their dietary needs. I mentioned I have food allergies and requested plain, grilled salmon with romaine lettuce. No dressing, no seasoning, nothing else. Unfortunately, the salmon (while delicious) was seasoned with both salt and pepper when it arrived at the table. Everyone else in our group enjoyed their lunch. Next time, I'll stick to water :(
Bad service. For two people we ordered two appetizers (they were out of the two we wanted, mussels and calamari, at 7pm), a pizza and a pasta. They literally brought everything at once. Awful, by the time you try to enjoy one dish the rest of the food was cold. Felt rushed the entire time, the waiter never asked if we wanted a second drink or water refill, it was like he was in a competition with the other waiters for who could clear their section the fastest. There were still people waiting for tables when we left at 7:50pm (yes I know, very quick “nice” dinner). We had to ask to see a dessert menu but by then we were so annoyed we left. The service killed our meal.
The food was decent, but honestly it was all luke warm or cold by the time we got passed our first appetizer dishes because they brought it all at once and the rest of the food had been sitting out for 15+ minutes.
Was our 1 year wedding anniversary too. Would not recommend unless you like feeling forced to eat quickly. Very disappointing experience.