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Diners' Choice: Italian restaurants in North San Diego

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Italian cuisine in North San Diego? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Rosina's Italian Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1112)
$30 and under
Italian
Poway / Rancho Bernardo
About the restaurant

Rosina's Italian Restaurants is traditional, casual and family friendly. We prepare our pastas and sauces fresh daily. Rosina's is a great place for a business meeting in our larger additional dining room, special gathering date night, or family dinner.
Hand Made for 30 Years
We serve healthy, Mediterranean recipes the Italian way: homemade soups, fresh vegetables, classic Italian cuisine from the heart of Italy. Our family has prepared meals for San Diegans for almost 30 years.
Find out why your neighbors are calling both of Rosina's locations hidden gems, and make sure to try the nightly dinner specials!

Top review
NicoleAvip
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
Rosina’s is always delicious and the service is outstanding. Love this place!
A photo of Vigilucci's Seafood & Steakhouse restaurant
4.7
4.7 (4426)
$31 to $50
Italian
Carlsbad
About the restaurant
Vigilucci's Seafood and Steakhouse offers authentic Northern Italian cuisine. The location sits across from the Pacific on the historic 101 and has one of the best views in San Diego.
Open seven days a week. Signature dishes include Caprese salad with bufallo mozzarella and Heirloom tomatoes, made from scratch stuffed pastas, Cioppino, prime steaks, fresh seafood including a warm or cold fresh seafood tower with oysters, clams, mussels, crab, lobster and jumbo prawn. (items may vary )
Private Wine Cellar room available for private parties.

For off-site events and parties contact Cater@Vigiluccis.com
Catering to the most discerning palates for over 25 years.
Vigilucci’s catering team can custom create a unique and memorable menu for celebrating life’s special occasions.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
Dinner for two with our labradoodle in the outdoor enclosure was delightful. Excellent food, service and very comfortable.
A photo of Vittorio's Italian Restaurant- San Diego restaurant
4.8
4.8 (614)
$30 and under
Italian
Carmel Valley
About the restaurant
Italian trattoria and wine bar.
Favorite neighborhood Italian restaurant

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GW9411vip
Dined 7 days ago
Had the Italiana salad, chicken picata, pasta and meatballs. A number of wines available, both by glass and bottle. Bar is a great atmosphere!
A photo of Cucina Enoteca - Del Mar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2708)
$30 and under
Italian
Del Mar
About the restaurant
Say hello to the sister restaurant of San Diego’s award winning CUCINA urbana! CUCINA enoteca’s menu features Italian classics with a modern twist, traditionally coursed or served family-style, and made with the freshest local, organic and sustainable ingredients. Enjoy wine by the glass or visit the wine shop and select a bottle from over 100 selections at retail price ($10 corkage fee applies).


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OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Yummy and great for a date night spot. Inexpensive
A photo of Firenze Trattoria restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1707)
$31 to $50
Italian
Encinitas
About the restaurant
OPEN FOR DINE IN~ We are accepting online and phone reservations. Please be patient with wait times **IF YOU HAVE A SEATING PREFERENCE FOR EITHER THE INSIDE DINING ROOM OR OUTSIDE HEATED PATIO, PLEASE SPECIFY WHEN MAKING YOUR RESERVATION. **SEATING PREFERENCES CANNOT BE GUARANTEED**



Sun-splashed by day and romantically lantern-lit at night, Firenze's flower-bedecked patio, with it's gentle fountain, is like a private courtyard in some romantic Italian villa. Come see what all the buzz is about we are certain that you will enjoy this one of a kind experience in this beautiful San Diego Italian restaurant.

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PurpleGrin
Dined 3 days ago
Always a great evening! Outstanding food, awesome wine list and kind, competent service. My favorite spot for a romantic, family or business meal.
A photo of Vigilucci's Cucina Italiana restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2638)
$30 and under
Italian
Carlsbad
About the restaurant
Nestled in the heart of downtown Carlsbad, Vigilucci's Cucina Italiana offers fabulous Northern Italian cuisine and award-winning service. Enjoy lunch on the outdoor patio or start the evening off at their full-service bar before dinner. A great place for a romantic dinner, a family gathering, a company party or special event. Each of Vigilucci's three locations offer a notable wine menu, made from scratch pastas and sauces, fresh seafood specials, salads, prime steaks, chicken and veal dishes.
For off-site events and parties contact Cater. Vigiluccis.com
Catering to the most discerning palates for over 25 years,
Vigilucci’s catering team can custom create a unique and memorable menu for celebrating life’s special occasions.

Top review
WeBhappyvip
Dined 1 day ago
Or do to every year when we visit. Maybe V is the reason we keep coming back! 🤔
A photo of Amalfi Cucina Italiana - San Marcos restaurant
4.6
4.6 (961)
$30 and under
Italian
San Marcos
About the restaurant
A DESTINATION FOR A MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE
Enjoy a beautiful view of Lake San Marcos as you take in the intoxicating smell of artisan baked pizzas, fresh pastas, and a bottle of your favorite wine. You’ll think you’ve arrived at a far off coastal Italian restaurant.

Eating at Amalfi Cucina Italiana is not just eating, it’s life, art and history served on a dish. Ingredients are the tools used to create the artistry of our dishes which is why we have a commitment to using nothing but the best quality and freshest ingredients. Dishes will feature fresh-caught seafood, locally grown herbs, vegetables & nothing but the freshest homemade Italian staples, such as mozzarella and pasta.

Our chefs are native to Italy, familiar with the uncompromised flavors of their country, and how important food is as part of everyday life. Bringing heritage, professional culinary experience and passion so that any dish you order, provides a delicious authentic Italian experie

Top review
MichaelCvip
Dined 2 days ago
Greatly enjoyed having lunch with my Italian father at your restaurant. Very pleased to meet Valeria, our server from Amalfi, Italy. She is a wonderful addition to your restaurant and very apropos.
A photo of Buona Forchetta Encinitas restaurant
4.6
4.6 (533)
$30 and under
Italian
Encinitas
About the restaurant
Buona Forchetta Encinitas, our third location, blends award winning Neapolitan-style pizzas and Northern Italian upscale entrees in a family-friendly, approachable space. Located in Encinitas, this location boasts a indoor seating as well as an outside patio and a small room for private events. Inside, a gilded oven churns out classic creations, while the main kitchen serves up chef-driven pastas and entree dishes. Owner Matteo Cattaneo brought the Italian warehouse-style eatery to life.
Top review
LLL30
Dined 3 days ago
We had a wonderful meal here. The salads and pizzas were delicious and our hostess was very attentive and friendly. Our next visit to Encinitas we will dine here again for sure! Maybe twice!!
A photo of Gregorio's Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (337)
$31 to $50
Italian
Carlsbad
About the restaurant
Located in downtown Carlsbad is our Italian kitchen, Gregorio’s. Formerly known as Spirito’s, we have been serving up delicious Italian food for almost 25 years. It was originally created by an East Coast couple as a way to share their family recipes. From the beginning we have had loyal clientele that continue to dine with us today. In fact, it was from being loyal customers that we decided to purchase the restaurant. We have always considered it to be our “kitchen away from home”. In 2004, Gregorio’s replaced the name but kept the family recipes we loved so much as guests and have added more of our own. Plus a much more extensive wine list & full bar! We want to encourage you to come, have a meal with us and experience our Italian kitchen. It is our hope that you will make it your own “kitchen away from home”. Our goals are simple
Top review
BarbaraWvip
Dined 1 day ago
Gregorio’s is consistently good over all areas and continues to be a go-to place for family gatherings as well as a place to go by ourselves for good Italian food. They have a very nice wine list and service is always excellent. We never go without getting the house salad with Gorgonzola accompanied by their equally delicious bread with whatever entree we order.
A photo of Vigilucci's Trattoria Italiana restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1297)
$30 and under
Italian
Encinitas
About the restaurant
Vigilucci’s Trattoria Italiana features an exceptional menu of Italian favorites, certified prime steaks and the freshest seafood. Open for over two decades, 2019 marks the 25 year anniversary of Vigilucci’s Trattoria formerly located in Encinitas. Menu highlights include many of the company’s signature dishes, made from scratch pastas, salads, steaks, seafood, pizzas and calzones. Private dining space is available for large or small groups. Our casual yet sophisticated piano bar enhances the dining experience.

For off-site events and parties contact Cater@Vigiluccis.com
Catering to the most discerning palates for over 20 years,
Vigilucci’s catering team can custom create a unique and memorable menu for celebrating life’s special occasions.

Top review
DanvilleLifevip
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
Great food and service as always. Ordered the special seafood pasta. Very good.
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