Piazza 1909

4.6
297 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
The word "Piazza" in italian refers to an open space in the center of public life. It is the very core of the comunity, where everyone gather to observe and be observed. hef Stefano blends traditional Italian cuisine to more contemporary unique dishes with love and passion.
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San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Piazza1909 is the finest Italian restaurant in San Diego.

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San Diego
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even a vegan like me finds this neighborhood restaurant the best to go back to time and time again! I love it!

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LJ
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily the best Italian restaurant in La Jolla. The main menu is reasonable and we've yet to have anything that wasn't delicious. The specials are always, well, special. The owners and staff are friendly and warm and make us feel like family. You really can't go wrong.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best food we’ve ever tasted. Service was above amazing. Definitely recommend.

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San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Authentic Italian

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Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous patio, fantastic food, great service!!!

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NR
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is absolutely amazing. We had outdoor seating and it was beautiful out. We enjoyed the food, service was great and friendly, the ambience was fantastic. Really recommend this place!

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BD
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service - so happy we found this place! Perfect location in the heart of La Jolla! Fresh gnocchi being made right next to us!

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c
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We made reservation via Open Table and arrived a bit early. The restaurant was full at that time but did afford us a nice table for 2. Although we weren't in a hurry, service was slow. Our server was sensitive to the issue and gave us a dessert on the house. Overall I would say Piazza 1909 is a good restaurant and I will continue to frequent it.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food, staff is wonderful and authentic, very friendly we will be new regulars!

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San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I love this place! It's authentic Italian cuisine, beautifully prepared and presented, with a casual ambience and attentive, friendly staff. Mostly outdoor dining on a covered, heated patio; separate spaces for small parties & gatherings. Full bar, espresso menu, no thumping loud music. Great spot to get together with family and friends for food, wine and conversation.

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Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent food!

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SS
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very authentic Italian restaurant. They are gluten free friendly with both pizza and pasta options, as well as the risotto dishes. Highly recommend.

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San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone loved their pastas. Gnocchi was really good with good bolognese sauce . Great servers

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San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambience, courteous service, and delicious food.

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GA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Food was average at best and the lobster ravioli special was sour and not good at all, tasted like bad lobster. Our server was not very attentive and we offended him with a question about whether there was the possibility of making a cream sauce.

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h
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a nice surprise. We found this place by accident-just walking by when someone leaving told
us we should try it. We read the reviews and ate there the next night. It was really great. We had two different apppardelle dishes. each was excellent. That is all we had there. We can not wait to go back next time we will be in La Jolla.

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Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Waiter attitude was very unpleasantly. We asked for additional bread and the answer was “I’ll see what I can do”

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JC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent, great selection of wine

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JS
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was phenomenal. Once is was explained that everything was made to order, the long wait was well worth it. The food quality was exceptional. The only thing I would caution is that you will not get a quick meal here - everything (including bread and drinks) took a long time.

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BF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Food was average or below. Had the daily special salmon and rack of lamb. Salmon was fishy. Lamb was tough. Services was very rough and unfriendly.

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LJ
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is hands down the best Italian restaurants around. The menu is wonderful; everything we've tried has been great. And the chef's specials are always a delight. It has a very neighborhood restaurant ambience and we will keep going back regularly.

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N
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Their food is always amazing! So authentic and delicious. Our server was informative, helpful and very personable. It seems everyone working there enjoys their job. I will absolutely go back again and spread the word about this spot!

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KH
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, relaxed atmosphere, attentive service and reasonable prices. Hits all the marks. Not food you will simply die for, but creative, home made and delicious. Good Italian wine selection also. The only thing I'd change is the scented candles on the tables. Why? Awful touch, and so counterproductive: one wants to smell the yummy food, not a fake sweet plum scent. We asked them to remove it and they instantly did, so it was quickly rectified, but the whole area was smelly (and we were outdoors!), so this is a problem they should address in a bigger way (just throw out those candles).

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SW
San Diego
168 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dinner with friends. Cool night but patio heaters worked great. Bruschetta and salad were very good. Paparadelle with seafood and Bolognase were tasty while a margarita pizza and lasagne were standard and good but not great. Service can be inattentive at times and at others is very efficient. A good local Italian restaurant in La Jolla that is quiet enough for a conversation.

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic experience. Maria served our group in the pouring rain. We love this spot! Thank you.

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San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great servide

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G
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service was amazing as well.

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M
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and Stefano our waiter was excellent! Looking forward to our next dinner at Piazza 1909.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy food. We loved their Chianti Classico and our server had great vibes! We did not like the dessert but the food overall was amazing!

Piazza 1909
Responded on January 30, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review your experiences and thanks for the 5 stars. Customer feeds back are very important to us and we intend to use them constructively. I read the dessert was not to your like. May we ask you what you had? Our pastry chef makes them all from scratch on a daily basis. We look forward to hear from you and keep improving, Thank you Roberta

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SW
San Diego
168 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with friends. Sat outside with heaters—quite comfortable. Excellent bruschetta and starter salads. Cannelloni on special, spaghetti with clams, and spaghetti with meatballs were all great. We will be back

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L
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Made a reservation for a birthday party and the staff completely ruined not only the surprise for my partner but also the dinner with our close friends and family with terrible service and poor food. The server was rude and wait times for drinks, entrees, refills were in stretches in excess of 20+ min. There were not accommodations for
our party so we had to sit outside in the cold and rain which I’m sure led to the server not wanting to come and wait on us. I had brought in a cake as a surprise and the staff brought it out to the table and for about 5 min were trying to decide how to light it and serve it since they hasn’t cleared off the table, once again, completely ruining the surprise.

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KS
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it, took my boyfriend there for his birthday and the staff were all so charming and kind to him/us!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience and authentic Italian experience!

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff was amazing and bent over backwards to make our dinner wonderful. The food was delicious. I would go back in a second!

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O
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

personality, personable service, friendly atmosphere. Super great meal and wonderful food, flavors, yum so good, our guests loved this experience!! thank you

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M
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A group of 10 in our family enjoyed Christmas Eve here. It was quite busy, but the service was great. Everyone so friendly. We will return.

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d
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and atmosphere..Grazie!

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DS
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding home made pasta. Excellent variety. Specialized service. We loved this place.

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Godd quality Italian dishes at a great price. Indoor seating is noisy and lots of smells from the kitchen. Better to sit outside.

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