Ristorante Illando

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$30 and under
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Italian
From the owner Leonardo Landini
"When I decided to open Ristorante Illando, I had a vision in my head...my cozy house back in Firenze, Italy; my family dining table filled with the food I grew up with. Now I can surround you with the warmth of my Italian home and an authentic Italian meal here at Illando. Benvenuti e buon appetito a tutti!!"

Located just above Little Italy San Diego's popular pizza shop, Landini's Pizzeria.
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KK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The pasta was very good and the bruschetta was fresh but underwhelming. Our service was excellent as well as the ambiance. We loved the small, intimate setting but the restaurant was hard to find as it is above another one and not clearly marked. We were late for our reservation because we wandered around trying to find it. Difficult parking but that is the nature of Little Italy.

DM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Small quaint place. Older as the lights were dimming in and out throughout our meal. There was a bit of time between when our water came, then the oil and vinegar and a bit more time for the bread. We decided to order everything at once just in case.

Excellent value. Food was good, sprouts were excellent!

J
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had such a lovely experience at Ristorante Illando for my 30th birthday. Our server was so sweet and helpful, and the food was amazing. The overall brought us back to our favorite trip to Italy.

EM
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I almost decided not to eat here because of some of the bad reviews. My friend convinced me that it would be okay so we went for it. IT WAS FANTASTIC! The food, the waiter, the ambience, the wine....every single thing was amazing. The next night, we went to a place also in Little Italy that had the same review and we were so disappointed. We kept telling ourselves to forget how good everything was at Ristorante Illando and just try to appreciate this new place but we couldn't. Ristorante Illando was a hard act to follow. And BTW I have never written a review before...i just felt like I wanted to tell others who might be concerned about some of the bad reviews...don't be!

BA
San Diego
43 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our fav italian restaurant in Lil' Italy!

S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was excellent! But, some of Dining staff, including a receptionist had not enough paying attention to their business.

A
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and wine selection.

SF
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience at Ristorante Illando. The food was amazing, the service was superb, and I can’t wait to go back next time we’re in SD. The chicken parmagiana was incredible as was the lobster ravioli. The pizza downstairs was incredible as well. This place is a must recommend!

CM
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent! And so was our server! She was so pleasant and fast.

OT
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Muy rico! Buen sevicio

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Server was not kind

SF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience4

Service felt very rushed like the couldn't wait for us to leave.

GR
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Second visit to Illando and pleased again. The pasta was cooked perfectly al dente and the Caesar Salad is fantastic. The atmosphere is warm and cozy as the 2nd floor of an old house. A perfect spot for a cold winter evening, even in San Diego. We'll be back for sure! Cheers!

CD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service. I truly enjoyed my dinner that night.

KK
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic good and great service!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was fantastic. Service was a little slow but where isn’t in San Diego - they move at a different pace.

JN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best. See Eddie

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was great and service was very attentive. The chairs are a little less then comfortable, especially for my dad who is 6'6". But overall a good experience and world go back!

BA
San Diego
44 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful authentic Italian cuisine. Attentive, knowledgeable wait persons. Fabulous ambience. Very accommodating for our large party of 14.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner to celebrate an engagement! The food was delicious, the wine was great, and the staff was attentive, kind, and helpful! I’ll be recommending Ristorante Illando to friends and family!

TK
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service is very good and provide recommendations when asked. Caesar salad had too much dressing but the pasta didn’t disappoint. Love the decor and ambience.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Natasha is THEE BEST SERVER !! Always a friendly welcome and such an amazing smile !

D
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food and service were very good. We had to be seated upstairs and back on their patio because inside dining was full at the time we wanted for our reservation. It wasn’t much to look at but getting to chat with our neighbors from Scotland was a pleasant experience. The servers and waitstaff were excellent. The food was good. They do Brussels sprouts with pancetta that I could’ve eaten as my main course.

BA
San Diego
44 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our fav restaurant in Little Italy! Hands down! We are regulars here and love coming back.

b
New England
16 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Outstsnding foid, friendly attentive staff. Weds night wine 1/2 price

n
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed the dining experience and food and the service. Our server was wonderful. If anything, the patio was a bit too casual, with boxes stacked up around.

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt special from the moment we walked in. We read the good reviews on the food and they lived to tell the tale. Loved this cute, clean, modern, and romantic Italian restaurant!

JA
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was in San Diego for Labor Day weekend and wanted to try a new Italian restaurant in Little Italy. I decided upon Ristorante Illando. I called and was hoping for Saturday for reservations, but they couldn't get me in until 10pm. I decided to wait until Sunday, and make reservations earlier. I went in Sunday at 8:15 (which they called and said I could come earlier, but we kept it at 8:15). The hostess (I didn't get her name) was super nice and friendly) seated us immediately. Upon going upstairs to the restaurant, I could see why making early reservations is a must. It's not as big as I expected, but I like smaller places. Our server was Natalia. She was excellent. Very attentive. Our food.....unbelievable. The meatballs are probably one of the best I've ever had. The chicken Parmesan was exquisite. Normally, I end up having to ask for a take home box, but not this time. The bread and dipping oil was great, too. The wine selection was perfect. I highly recommend going here if you're in San Diego. If I could give 10 stars, I would. I will be back.

BA
San Diego
44 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is prob or favorite local italian restautant. We've dine here at least 10 times and it is always the best. The service by Eddie us always supreme. The food is authentically delicious and prices are the best in little Italy.

JH
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved everything about this place! Actually ended up eating here twice in one week while visiting because I enjoyed the food so much!

T
Los Angeles
121 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

very nice and authentic
small dining room upstairs
food was a bit salty

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the service was fantastic!

OT
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and service, Eddie really took care of us, meatballs, lasagna, parpadelle, tiramisu were great!

LM
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious in every bite! The ambience of this restaurant is very laid back but intimate. The fact that the restaurant in the second floor it gives it a bonus. Not only are you able to see the main street of little Italy, but the second floor view gives a hint of romanticism.

The lobsters ravioli was delightful & the pizza was filled with so much flavor. I would definitely recommend this restaurant. In conclusion, staff was welcoming, professional
And efficient. 😋

LH
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent pasta, reasonable prices, friendly service. A lovely gem in the middle of bustling Little Italy!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was authentic and staff was very friendly. Would definitely recommend!

TA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The food overall was just ok. The entrees were average but not worth the $20-30 price The pizza was soggy and oily. The service was beyond slow even though it wasn’t that crowded. Took forever to get our check.

VM
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great find in Little Italy! This restaurant had great food and perfect service. It was a great find out of the hustle and bustle of the busy streets. The ambiance was perfect. There were 7 of us and you could have a nice conversation and hear each other. The pizza's looked amazing and my fish was fabulous. I would highly recommend Ristorante Illando!

E
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & wine. Impeccable service!

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