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Via Italia Trattoria

4.0
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107 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

We start every morning preparing our own bread along with our unique pizza dough and we do not stop until all our pastas are made by hand or with our bronze die cut press. Fresh pastas selection is definitely what makes Via Italia Trattoria different. You can choose from Ravioli, Tagliatelle, Bigoli, Fusilli, Gnocchi...also Gluten Free, served with different sauces but always Al Dente!!! Tasting menu of 3 or 4 courses are a good way to experience an Italian way to dine, especially if are paired with a good Wine Flight. We have been part of the Slow Food movement for more than 15 years, we try to keep our recipes simple, original with seasonal local ingredient. Our wine selection motivates several wine makers to present their wines in our wine dinner nights. Via Italia Trattoria was established in 1997 in Clairemont Town Square in San Diego and in 2002 in Encinitas North County San Diego, our current location.
We have been well awarded by AAA, Zagat, SD Magazine. Ciao!

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4.0
4.0 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 3.8Ambience

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  1. M

    Mike

    San Diego

    28 reviews

    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2013

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Via Italia Trattoria was recommended by a friend and by a San Diego company hosting culinary/history tours of Encinitas. Staff friendly, ambiance charming, but I expected more as far as a culinary experience from what I understood to be a restaurant with notable awards.

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    trencherman

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2013

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    food was quite good, once it was served...very noisy restaurant which proved quite distracting. While waitstaff did their best, took too long for food to arrive from kitchen.

  3. M

    Mark

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2013

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    Had dinner there and found it awful. They offered a 3 or 4 course fixed price meal which we chose. They proceeded to serve vastly reduced size portions while serving normal portions of the same item at adjoining tables. The food was ordinary, but we were hungry when we left. The waiter was pretentious and very unaccomodating. In all, an awful experience.

  4. M

    Mykidsarecool

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2013

    overall2food2service1ambience2

    Very poor service, under staffed, food average, nothing special. We use restaurant week to patronize as many new restaurant as we can as we love dining out. We love finding new places that we can then return to as regulars. This will not be that case. Even the eating utensil were not correct, I was given the incorrect spoon on 3 occasions. With average food, I would probably not return, there are too may other establishments to try!

  5. a

    alvie

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2013

    overall2food3service2ambience2

    Essentially we were ignored for some time when the restaurant was almost empty except for the bar which was noisy and somewhat busy.Only one waitress and a learner were available at 5:30 pm .The waitress spent more time showing her knowledge to the proby and offered I'm sorries to us .Finally put our foot down and got reasons for delay and not friendly service but at least she recognized our frustration and attended us .

  6. j

    janal

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My husband and I shared a delicious salad and main dish entree. We left full. The servers were especially helpful in guiding us to the gluten free options. My husband was delighted to have polenta, an Italian food his Mom had made for their family. It was a new discovery for me and I look forward to having it again. The menu stated the chicken was breaded but modifications were made since we are gluten free and the grilled chicken was seasoned perfectly. The service was exceptional. We look forward to eating here again. The prices were reasonable.

  7. r

    restaurantweekbandit

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2013

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    An Italian friend of mine recommended this place as the most authenticate Italian food in San Diego. We had a great meal here, we went during restaurant week and felt that we had a good opportunity to try out some appetizers and entrees that will soon make their way to the normal menu. So, trying new things during restaurant week was an unexpected joy. The wine list was extensive. As for the food, the Fruta de Mare didn't stay warm very long, the squid was a tad rubbery, and the green olives overwhelmed most of the lighter notes; however the other dishes we had were very well prepared. The highlight for me was the Butterscotch Bundino, it was a perfect balance of sweet but not too sweet, and the salted chocolate was a nice combination

  8. j

    jc2me

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2013

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    My wife and I enjoyed a meal at Via in celebration of her birthday last week. We both had fish entrees that were expertly prepared and seasoned with a deft hand. More importantly, not only was the wait staff friendly and attentive, they really made the evening special for us, with the care and thoughtfulness they showed in celebration of my wife's birthday.

  9. h

    happycamper

    San Diego

    48 reviews

    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    North County residents have two great choices for Italian food and they are only blocks apart in Encinitas. I Trulli is super and so is Via Italia Trattoria. Their seafood dishes are extraordinary. My wife and I were reminded of some wonderful dining we did in the Southern tip of Italy ... especially the seafood stew. Everything was fresh and well seasoned, and captured the true garlicky essence of the real thing. She had a simple halibut dish with a tomato-based sauce that showed that the folks out in the kitchen really know what they are doing. The wait staff was very sharp and attentive.

  10. MS

    MarkS

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Via Italia Trattoria is becoming one of our favorite restaurants. The food is exquisite, impeccable service & you leave feeling satisfied and happy.

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    cookie

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2013

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    This was the most disappointing dining experience that we ever had at Via Italia. We used to love this place. This was our "go to" restaurant. Always loved the food: the pasta, the pizza...all of it. This night, our experience was a disaster! The owner was not in the house. The cook did not know what he was doing. The pizza order was confused, then delivered with a soft, doughy crust, not the crispy crust that I am fond of. The pasta order, while not on the menu, Spaghetti carbonara, was a disaster, too. Wont go back there, ever!

  12. s

    shouldbeafoodcritic

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2013

    overall2food3service1ambience3

    Gone are the friendly waitstaff and managers. Although the menu hasn't changed, everything at this once favorite restaurant has lost its charm (including the food). We won't be back.

  13. D

    Datenite

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Took my date to this place and was immediately greeted and taken to our table, they made sure everything was perfect and I was absolutely happy with the entire experience!

  14. a

    alwayshungry

    Tampa

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2013

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    Guess it comes down to a matter of taste. We didn't like the melon in our salad, gnoccis were in a sauce that was by far too creamy and linguini con vongole were so so. Not sure if clams were fresh as they were rather tasteless (frozen?) and the meal was too liquid for our taste. Service however was excellent. We probably will not come back, there are better alternatives. Restaurant was empty during lunch time, dinner seems the better alternative if you want it more lively.

  15. k

    kenn

    Phoenix

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    we live in another state, but if we are close to this little beach town, this is were we eat. been there a dozen times always 100%

  16. BG

    BirthdayGirl

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I have dined at Via Italia Trattoria twice for dinner with each visit being even better. The wait staff (Hannah and Georgio) were fantastic. Not only friendly with a sense of humor but knowledgable of their menu and really went the extra mile on service. The food is authentic Italian with mouth-watering menu selections. Leave room for their Tiramisu, it's AMAZING. Thank you for another great dining experience.

  17. M

    Matt

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2013

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Food was really good. The bigoli with tomato sauce was really italian taste. Service was nice and quick

  18. RL

    RichardL

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2013

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    Small portions of food. Fish over cooked. Extra charge to exchange pasta for potatoes($5). Salad lettuce was poor quality(14$).

  19. k

    karenlucille

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    always love via italia - i got the tournedos they were perfect. Delicious!

  20. JT

    JT1530

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2013

    overall2food3service3ambience1

    It was very noisy on Mother's Day - cement floors - families - you could hardly hear what your dining companions were saying. So glad to get out of there.

  21. DM

    DaveM

    San Diego

    66 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2013

    overall4food4service5ambience2

    Great house-made pastas (not all pastas are house-made so ask), house-made bread is great and the pizzas are incredible. Quatro Staggioni is fantastic.

  22. QX

    QX401Cathy

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2013

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Food was generally good except for a few items. Two of our guests thought the risotto 'special' was bland and gluey. The wine 'special', recommended by server, was a dud, and the server returned repeatedly to ask if we wanted another bottle. Just say no (4 times).

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2013

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Food was good and the service was fast, maybe a little too fast

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Was here 7 years ago, still totally awesome food and staff!!!

  25. AD

    AllanD

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2013

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Our waitress for nice and helpful but our food did not come out for all of us at the same time so we had to wait to eat. Also resturant is VERY noisy. Food was fresh but not real imaginative.

  26. S

    Sveiks

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2013

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Via Italia is an Encinitas staple. We love dining here for authentic and delicious Italian cuisine. However, don't dine here if you want a quiet restaurant on Friday or Saturday. It is busy and loud because it is small and the acoustics are not great. But, that is what makes it more authentic and kid-friendly!

  27. LP

    LynnP

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This is one of our go-to favorites, great food and service, also great Italian wines. Our guests were very impressed.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It is a wonderful restaurant in down town Encinitas. How lucky we are to live in North County Costal, with such wonderful restaurants.

  29. B

    Barb

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    I bought a Groupon for this restaurant and went there for a late lunch with friends. Since I made a reservation wit Open Table, we were served a complimentary glass of Proseco when we arrived....a nice touch. We started with salads, caesar and one octopus salad. I didn't think I'd like the octopus, but it was delicious. We all ordered the lasagna which was outstanding, with both a white and red sauce on it and it was a large enough portion to take home and finish for dinner. Our server, Veronica, was delightful...friendly, attentive, and fun. Since we were there in the mid-afternoon, we were the only people in the restaurant, so I don't know what the noise level would be like when it's busy. But overall, I highly recommend it.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We took advantage of the four course tasting menu ($45) and every course was fabulous. They also have a large wine selection, including wine flights. We went on a Monday night, so bottles were half price. We had very good service from Hannah and a fun evening.

  31. s

    shouldbeafoodcritic

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2013

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    every dish is excellent and freshly prepared

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2013

    overall4food5service3ambience3

    Great food. Alfully noisy. too many tables so waiters cannot move around good.

  33. LK

    LK2014

    San Diego

    35 reviews

    2.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2013

    overall2food4service2ambience4

    This was our 3rd visit; not sure we'll return. We reserved ahead & asked for a corner table because they get busy & VERY loud. Service was OK; we ordered salads and main courses, which came right away, no time between. We were barely done with dinner when she offered dessert. We wanted to wait a while, but she offered to take orders and hold a few mins, which we declined. 10 mins later another server offered us dessert, we said not yet. 1 min later waitress returned to offer dessert. I asked if we were being rushed, she said no; but we ordered dessert and she brought our bill right after. We still wanted coffee, so that had to be added to the bill. Hardly a fine dining experience when you are rushed thru dinner in less than 90 mins.

  34. AN

    AustinNewbie

    Austin

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a wonderful restaurant! We came in with 3 very tired children. The waitress was absolutely amazing! The food was fabulous! If we lived closer, we would be regulars!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2013

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Our first time, food is not for the diet conscious, but it was well prepared and very good service. Good menu with interesting selections. Decor ok. Perhaps a bit overpriced. Next time will try the happy hour prices from 3 to 6pm.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2013

    overall3food3service1ambience3

    We had the misfortune to have a new waitress and our orders were "not heard" or "misunderstood". An antipasto order was not put in for one diner and an entree order was not put in for the other diner. I ended up eating my antipasto last and we waited for the entree which was not ordered originally.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service, food and ambiance. Easy to book reservations through open table. In a very good experience for our business lunch.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2013

    overall2food2service1ambience3

    Bland food, server got the order wrong twice. Waited for water a long time. Not a very good place.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    If this restaurant was a publicly held security on the stock market we would invest our savings to be partners. The service and food is unmatched. We waited for a window seat but it was all worth the wait. The food and deserts kept us there for hours. We didn't want to leave. We went on valentines day which was busy, but you can see smiles all around. We look forward to spending many more romantic nights at this restaurant. Outstanding!!!

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2013

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Expensive and delicious.Delete any and all information about me from your files and don't contact me anymore please.

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