Trattoria Don Pietro

4.6
119 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
With a menu of Sicilian specialties made from locally sourced, organic and sustainable products, expect to find only the highest quality Italian imported goods at Trattoria Don Pietro. The restaurant encompasses an open kitchen, a ten seat bar with a television featuring Serie A as well as outdoor patio seating.


Trattoria Don Pietro offers an array of house-made pasta dishes native to Sicily and shareable authentic Sicilian street food appetizers such as Sfincione, a rich and tasty Sicilian style pizza. Trattoria Don Pietro offers an assortment of Vegan and Gluten Free options alongside our regular menu. Brunch and Sicilian-Style Taco Tuesdays to come soon after our grand opening.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 119 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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vipRonn5
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to a fundraiser at this restaurant. The food was fantastic.

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MiguelL
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went for the first time as a mothers day celebration. The menu was prefixed which was ok for those who like everything but for the one like my daughter who only.limes pasta was a very poor selection. Only one choice so she en up asking for the sauce.on the side and the spaghetti was just butter with pasta for $25, a costly pasta plate. Everything else was good, the cocktail “sexy blond” was good, and my food choices were Excellent and delicious. And desserts were delicious too.

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Midwestgirl
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience3

We went for Mother's Day. There was a special limited menu for the day. There wasn't a single kid friendly option and we were told there were no substitutions allowed. Our waitress finally was able to get the kitchen to agree to doing two plates of plain spaghetti. Those cost $20 each. I was disappointed that a specific Mother's Day restaurant menu had no kid friendly options.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Mother’s Day

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We started with the pizza appetizer. The dough was delicious, and the best part of the meal. The sauce was overly sweet. We also ordered parmesan truffle fries. The fries came out limp, and were lacking in both truffle and parm. My wife ordered a glass of red wine and my son and I soft drinks and iced tea. These were ordered with the appetizer. It was the last wine and tea we would receive throughout the meal, as the server never asked if we wanted more over the next hour. My son did receive a refill on his soft drink. For entrees we ordered the spaghetti with pistachio cream sauce, lobster ravioli, lasagna with sugu sauce, and braised short ribs. The spaghetti noodles themselves were nice, but the sauce was thick and flavorless, rather than a nice cream. The lobster ravioli was ok, and the sauce for it was again overly sweet. It also had some shrimp that were added in, but I’m not sure why. The tails were left on the shrimp. The is ok for a Shrimp dish where the shrimp is visible (scampi, grilled shrimp, etc), but not in an opaque thick sauce. The lasagna was so-so with again, overly sweet sauce. For some reason this sauce and the sauce of the lobster ravioli also reminded me of something jarred or canned for some reason. The short rib was just ok. It came with a side of risotto, which was just swimming in the sauce that was poured over the short ribs. Everything was missing salt. There was also no salt on the table. There was also no offer of parmesan. All dishes were either bland or sweeter than they should have been. Our server was nice, but not as attentive as we would have liked. The lack of a second beverage throughout the meal being the main pain point there. We sat outside and the constructed outdoor seating was done very well. The music was modern and a little louder than I would like for a restaurant (I like it loud usually), but maybe it was there attempt to block out street noise. It wasn’t awful, just disappointing.

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DavidB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was there for Mother’s Day and the food, service, and atmosphere was perfect. The food is great along with a varied variety. Server and staff were all very friendly. Only suggest, turn the music down for indoor dining...a bit too loud. I’ll come back for sure.

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vipEdgarE
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

NO PARKING 1 PERSON ON VALET FOR PARKING NO ONE WAS HELPING WITH THIS MATTER

DID NOT SIT US CUSTOMER SERVICE SUCKS!!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tim was an excellent server!!! We wanted to try everything but he was able to help us narrow down some amazing choices. We can’t thank you enough Tim!

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CraigM
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had the meatballs, very tasty, could only eat one, enough for lunch the next day. The ambiance is great, sat outside, nice patio. The staff is great, really take care of you. Will be back.

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vipELENA
San Diego
65 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was wonderful. A great addition
to Old Town. Valet parking on Friday & Saturday.

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Happy
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was amazing and we had great service! We loved the music but it was a little loud when trying to chat at dinner. That’s the only thing I would change!

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katherined
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service was excellent. I'll be glad when dining is back indoors.

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AudreyS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad we found this gem. We ended up going two nights in a row

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vipLeonoreS
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Trattoria Don Pietro for it's delicious and authentic Sicilian food, and the fantastic service and servers, hostess, bussers, food runners. They are all so friendly and they are like family to each other and to us as well. The owners are fantastic and always looking out for their customers and staff. We go there every Sunday evening and love the place!

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CMWatts423
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, awesome service! Loved it! I also really loved the effort put in for my birthday. Will definitely be back!

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vipShell
San Diego
42 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The service and food at Don Pietro are superb. We had the brussels sprouts and the beet salad appetizers. Each was well prepared and seasoned well.

Our pasta entrees of penne in pistachio cream and tortellini with pesto were perfectly prepared. The pasta was fresh and the sauces were creamy and delicious. The salmon was also quite delicious.

The music is good, though it is played really, really loud, and it was difficult to hear conversation with others at the table.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were delicious. The service provided was one of the best I’ve ever experienced at a restaurant. Definitely will be going back!

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vipRockHud
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Time Superb Location We Will Definitely Be Back Food And Service Is Phenomenal

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EmilyPG
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance is energetic and the food, beyond fantastic!! Try the bread pudding...even if you think you don’t like bread pudding, you’ll LOVE this one.

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Lynnie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a vibe and is the perfect place to enjoy yourself and have an amazing meal.

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A000S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So tasty! Great new

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CassieB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, services and atmosphere! Sangria was delicious too. Will definitely return soon.

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EmilyPG
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was FANTASTIC!! Fried calamari had the perfect amount of crunch, the arancini was devoured, the fig ravioli, seafood linguini, and rib eye...gone in a flash! We wiped our plates clean! We topped off our meal with a bread pudding which three of us split. Won’t do that again....we’re each going to get our own! We’re looking forward to going back soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was exceptional! Best lasagna I’ve ever eaten! Deserts were spectacular!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Pork Chop is spectacular!

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LorenaS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for our anniversary and it was awesome 👌thz u will be back!!

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ConnieS
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Excellent service. Terrific experience!

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SarahM
Caribbean
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Nothing about this place is Italian. Lox is not the same as salmon carpaccio. If you ask for parmesan they give you a to-go plastic cup... even though you are dining there. The sauce in my pasta was congealing by the time it got to me. Loud club music. It feels like it’s run by a group of kids. The food was overpriced and below average. Very disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was very impressed with our waiter, He gave good recommendations to the wine and food. I would definitely go again!!

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vipNicoleR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVED the outdoor patio table with built in heaters. Great sea bass and yummy salads!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was spectacular and the wait staff were very attentive and knowledgeable.

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vipSlacker61
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was excellent.

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MollyL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The peeps here could not have been any more accommodating! Food, music, atmosphere was spot on! Can’t wait to go back!

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NETOGM
London
20 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time here. Authentic italian dishes, paired with friendly service on a great street... value all the way.. lovely experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our anniversary was well spent having dinner there. The server treated us so special and the food was outstanding. Can’t wait to go back!

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Mitch
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love coming here. Excited for them to get their liquor license. The service and care is always top notch!

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MyrnaC
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Trattoria Don Pietro is delicious. The first time I went I had a short rib with risotto, absolutely scrumptious. I visited again and did not see it on the menu, I was a little disappointed but decided to ask our waiter if they had it, they did!! They did not disappoint, cooked perfectly and served over their delicious risotto. I will certainly visit again. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Kudos to the chef and the entire staff.

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MelinaG
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was beyond sweet and their Sangria was one of the best I’ve had.

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ChrisK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious - we all tried something different on the menu to get a taste of the various dishes. The owner came out to great our table - what great service, we will definitely be back!

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JulieM
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was Valentine’s Day, so very busy for the restaurant industry. On top of that, restaurants had just opened in California due to Covid restrictions. We were visiting at the last minute from Nevada, and so we could not get a reservation at any restaurant that we were familiar with. We finally got one at Don Pietro ‘s. I had never heard of it before, but we took a chance and we were so glad we did! We were sat promptly, in the section that we had requested. Nice! Service was outstanding. Very prompt and courteous. The owner even came over to our table and asked if everything was OK, and we had a lovely conversation with him.
And the food (which is what you come here for, right?) the food was just wonderful! The sea bass was the best I have ever had, and I have eaten a lot of seafood in my life. The braised short ribs were divine, as was the lobster ravioli. Cocktails and desserts were also outstanding. The only drawback our party could even think of was that there was no kind of bread served with the meals. Maybe we overlooked some we could have ordered? Anyway, our party agreed we will come back here and eat the next time we are in the San Diego area. It was really, really good.

FAQs

Trattoria Don Pietro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 255-7205.

Trattoria Don Pietro is rated 4.6 stars by 119 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.