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About Trattoria I Trulli
Trattoria i Trulli in Encinitas, CA is proud to offer high quality, wholesome food to people in the area. The eatery also has a range of wines from which you can choose on the menu. Some of the great antipasti on the menu include the bruschetta, filet mignon, fried eggplant, calamari, smoke salmon, fried eggplant, fresh fruit and more.
Trattoria i Trulli has quite a few pasta options, too. You can enjoy the ravioli, lasagna, penne, rigatoni, fettucine and linguini. Fish and meat options are available on the menu, as well. Do not forget to have something sweet to finish off your meal at Trattoria i Trulli.
Encinitas, CA 92024
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Between G & H Street
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We offer a pick-up catering as well as off site catering.
We have our own small attached lot just north of our building
Encinitas Coaster stop 3 blocks North and 1 block East of our location
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Trattoria I Trulli Ratings and Reviews
We went for lunch & it was very quiet as they were not busy. We sat inside because it was a cool day. I've sat outside before & it's nice on a warm day. I've eaten there in the evening inside when they were busy & the noise level was almost unbearable. The food is sinsational. I just would go for lunch , early dinner or a warm evening so u can sit outside. Unless you loke a very vibrant, loud atmosphere. Some people do. The friendly service and level of cuisine & expertise is worthy of visiting over & over.
My husband and I have dined here twice- each time being exceptional. Food is delicious, and the service is excellent. The bar is very small, so I suggest making reservations because there is not a lot of room to sit and wait at the bar- I believe there are only 5 seats or so. Highly recommend this place- you won't be disappointed
I've visited this restaurant quite a few times of the last few years with good success. The food has always been good enough to overlook the crowds and the closed in feeling with adjoining tables way too close together. It has been our go to Italian restaurant but unfortunately not this time. We went on Valentines day and upon sitting were presented with a special menu for the day. The regular menu is much better. On this day our meals were average at best. Overcooked calamari appetizer with uneventful marinara sauce. main courses were "restaurant chain quality". Today we got overpriced average Italian food. I guess its time to move on to another place.
Encinitas is not short on Italian Restaurants and this is the star when it comes to food. Intimate seating, small bar (only seats 4) and small patio doesn't make it the grandest, but the food is to die for and the prices are more than fair for the fare. The wine list is varied and lots of Italian gems to pick from. The staff is attentive, friendly and very professional. I usually have one on the specials, often splitting appetizer and entree because the portions are generous. I Trulli never disappoints!s
The food is awesome - from the lasagna to the fish selection. Great wine bottle selection, but the selection for wine by the glass is somewhat limited.
As far as the service, overall it is good; however, one of the servers does not have the best table manners, but is not to the point of being bad service.
This is really a neighborhood gem. Went for a holiday lunch with lawyer friends and we ended up staying for 3 hours! We closed the place, and the staff was fine with it.
There is a terrific variety of choices at this place, and it's the only place in North County that I can say is as good as some of the places in Los Angeles. The Eggplant Sorrentino was just delicious, covered in cheese, cooked just right and tasty. Two of us had the Salmon Saronno, which was covered in the same creamy mushroom sauce they use for the Chicken 101 (my other favorite). I didn't think I'd like the creamy sauce on the salmon but it was delish. We also had a beautiful gluten free shrimp dish with veggies that were cooked perfectly. A favorite place indeed.
The calamari appetizer was great which set high expectations for the rest of the meal....however after waiting for over 30 minutes for our main course it was a huge disappointment. The risotto was very watery (and salty), the other pasta dishes were undercooked. The staff were very friendly,, but would not go back.
My favorite trattoria is Trattoria Positano. I read some yelp reviews that said Trattoria I Trulli was superior. I am not sure what planet these people were on but these two restaurants are not remotely comparable. The night I was there I ordered two of the specials. The salad was just ordinary however I ordered the sweet potato gnocchi with duck ragu. It was completely tasteless. I have been to this restaurant for the last time.
We went here during Restaurant Week. The price for lunch - $15 - was great. The restaurant has an intimate feel. The decor provides an old world feel. There were four in our party and we decided to do the wine pairing with the meal for an additional $10 per person. We also ordered 2 glasses of Proseco ($8 each). The bill came to $150 which sounds like a lot for a $15 per person restaurant week lunch. The $150 included a 20% tip that the restaurant added on. The 20% tip was on the entire bill INCLUDING tax. Usually, we do tip 20% on the food and drink only so we were disappointed that they calculated the tip to include the tax. As far as the quality of the food is concerned - it was DELICIOUS. Everyone enjoyed their meals.
We have been to Buon Appetito numerous times and, since we were meeting someone from the North County, we decided to try Trattoria I Trulli. Our meals were terrific, from appetizer through dessert, and the service was attentive and personable.
Oh yeah, we'll be back.
I had a linguine & pesto dish that was absolutely amazing and my husband had a gnocchi special he enjoyed, too. Good wine selections as well. The only somewhat negative point is the acoustics in this restaurant. We went at lunchtime on a Sunday and though the place was not overly crowded, it was very noisy. I could hear almost the entire conversation the family sitting in the middle of the room. It wasn't a deal breaker for us - just something to keep in mind if you're looking for a cozy, quiet restaurant (this isn't it!)
My husband and I were looking for a good Italian restaurant to take a few friends to for lunch, with good food and the ability to have a conversation while dinning. The week before our luncheon we decided to have dinner with family to try the menu. Excellent food! we would recommend Trattoria I Trulli to anyone who loves authentic Italian food. Priced reasonably, good size portions, (we took food home ) and attentive waiters all wrapped up on the 101. We had the luncheon three days later with wonderful friends and a great menu. The lasagna is the best I have ever tasted, a must try A great place to people watch!!!! We Loved It!!!
A friend recommended this restaurant for my husbands birthday and it was great!!! It is located right on the street corner in the middle of town. We arrived early and they were able to seat us immediately. I am not sure if there are two sections but the room we were seated was rather small but comfortable, and they do have several tables set up on the sidewalk with heaters.Due to a communication error between the staff and server resulting in my husband having to ask who our waiter was but after that they could not have been more accommodating and apologetic, in fact the waiter brought us dessert on him. The food was authentic and good.Great service!!
I was very pleased with every aspect of this restaurant. The food went way above and beyond any other Italian style food I've ever tasted (outside of Italy). The waiter was friendly and just attentive enough. They happily corked and decanted the special bottle of Nebbiolo we brought ($15 charge), and, thankfully, not once did they sing or provide any other type of special occasion "dog and pony show" to annoy their guests!
We hear about other great Italian restaurants, but keep going back to I Trulli because the food is soooo good! Can't imagine anything being any better!Waiters are very helpful if you need suggestions about either wine or food. The lasagna (I get the beef version) is fabulous with a rich,fresh sauce; my dinner guest had a fish dish with wine sauce which he said was phenomenal.The portions are large so I often get to enjoy the remainder of my meal for lunch or dinner the next day! Tiramasou is made on site (as are all desserts)and is excellent-firm,beautifully flavored. The tables are close together-this is a small restaurant-so probably not a place to go for a quiet, intimate dinner or serious, private discussion. Lively European ambience.
I loved the fact that they had a long menu of specials that were truly based on seasonally available ingredients. The celery/green apple soup was extremely memorable, as was my main course - risotto with blood oranges, pomegranate, dried cherries... etc. My husband had the branzino, which he claimed was one of the best fish dishes he ever had. The supertuscan wine by the glass was perfect. The service was attentive and helpful.
This place has truly unique dishes. However, if you have some less adventurous people in your group, or those who want traditional items, they have a very deep main menu as well. I knew this place would be good because even the dipping sauce for the bread was phenomenal.
This was our first visit to Trattoria I Trulli. The food was very good. One had the cioppino and the other seafood pasta. However, we found that the tables were way too close together and too small to hold our plates, drinks, bread basket, and bowl for our seafood shells. With the tables too close together, people were bumping into us and leaning over us to serve not just us but adjacent tables. It was not a pleasant experience. In addition, because everything was so close together, the noise level was extremely high. This might be a good place for lunch or a dinner where you don't want to talk to one another but, if you are looking for a romantic dinner for two, this is definitely not the place.
When we arrived, the hostess couldn't find our reservation but she sat us anyway without incident as not too busy. While we waited for a 3d person, the waiter came by often to see if we needed anything which was ok. He recommended a good glass of red wine. But once we ordered he seemed busy and when he did check he was practically running by each time. We've had awesome waitstaff experiences in the past....this guy was good, just didn't have time to linger or socialize. I asked him for a recommendation for a bottle of red wine which was okay, not fab. My pasta dish was just ok but the shrimp entree amazing. I didn't care for their parmesan cheese - a powdery type texture. The place is tight and not quiet when full.
This WAS my new favorite Italian restaurant in my neighborhood, but sadly, I don't plan to go back anymore because I noticed the last time that I went that they have rabbit on their menu. Despite what people may think, those bunnies that are raised for meat are the same sweet bunnies people have as pets, so it just breaks my heart to see them on the menu. I wouldn't eat at a restaurant that makes dishes made of cat or dog, so I'm not going to eat at one that serves rabbit, either. Otherwise, the food is very good, and I will miss going there. My only other minor complaint is that it's loud and crowded, but it's fine as long as you don't go there expecting a quiet, romantic dinner.
It was good Italian food. Not out of this world. The wine list was awesome with lots of imported Italian and french wine, which is a nice change of pace from California wine-central. They were out of all thedeserts except Tiramasu which was a little disappointing.
Trattoria I Trulli has served folks well for years. The food recalls the eastern coast of Italy; the wine list broadly reflects the region and is fairly priced. The carbonara and ravioli plus minestrone were Italian comfort food served on a brilliant fall day; everything about the restaurant left us happy and contented. The young men who served were attentive but not obtrusive.
The food is fantastic. It's a very small place and we were lucky enough to be there early on a Saturday, just as they opened, so we got a table but I hear that they are usually very crowded. They have special equipment on the walls to absorb noise, which I don't see very often in restaurants. Fantastic service also.
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