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Diners' Choice: Italian restaurants in California Central Coast

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Updated April 05, 2024

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


A photo of La Mia Cucina restaurant
5.0
5 (940)
$31 to $50
Italian
Pacific Grove
About the restaurant
Stroll along 17th St., between Lighthouse and Laurel and you will find one of the Peninsula’s favorite spots, La Mia Cucina. This little jewel, with its fresh ambiance and tantalizing menu, is popular with everyone. The colorful European advertising posters that enliven the walls, are “originals, not reproductions.” That phrase is accurate in describing La Mia Cucina itself. From the comfortable linen white decor, accented beautifully by those turn-of-the-century posters, to the hand-crafted entrees and desserts, everything about La Mia Cucina says fresh and original. Owner Michael’s specialty, his ravioli dishes, are a renowned local favorite, and for good reason. They are hand made, with all the care that only a lifetime of creative food combining can bring. In addition to pasta, La Mia Cucina is known for it's fresh fish and meat specials. The desserts are made in-house by his wife Paula and daughter Michaela, and the service is personal and inviting.
Top review
ChrisH
Dined 6 days ago
Our favorite restaurant for any occasion! Michael and Paula are the most amazing owners. Their whole staff are professional and always looking to better your night. The wine list is top notch and thr menu has home runs. The Lobster Raviolis are a must and save some room for dessert because their Creme Brulee is worth sharing. You can tell how much care goes into every ounce of the food and service.
A photo of Il Cortile Ristorante restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3931)
$50 and over
Italian
Paso Robles
About the restaurant
Welcome to Il Cortile Ristorante, Downtown Paso Robles' newest fine dining Italian restaurant. We invite you to join us to enjoy our seasonal menus created with the freshest ingredients available sourced by our surrounding local and regional landscapes by Executive Chef Santos MacDonal, providing a melody of exceptional homemade pastas, fresh seafood, top quality meats and antipasti. A top destination for exquisite wines, picturesque landscapes and beautiful weather, Paso Robles provides the perfect pairing for Il Cortile's rustic Italian fine dining.
Top review
AH24
Dined 1 day ago
Professional service all the way through. You can tell they care and take pride in what they do. Food was stellar with thoughtful platings and ingredients that worked together. Thoughtful wine list with an emphasis on Paso Robles and Northern Italy. Homemade Canolis that impressed my Mom who is 100% Italian. Thank you for the great experience.
A photo of Mezzaluna Pasteria & Mozzarella Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1140)
$30 and under
Italian
Pacific Grove
About the restaurant
We are currently open for dine-in and outdoor heated sidewalk/patio.
We are always available for curbside pickup.
Welcome to Mezzaluna Pasteria and Mozzarella Bar. Chef Soerke and Amy invite you in to enjoy daily house made Pasta, Mozzarella and Gelato.
We offer a full bar with specialty cocktails.
Chef’s Specialties include
Buccatini Al’Amatriciana
Linguini alla Vongole
Chicken Sausage Lasagne
Spaghetti Carbonara
Grilled Octopus
Lamb Meatballs
House-made Charcuterie
Gnocchi with Gorgonzola Dolce Sauce & Black Truffle Oil
Little Gem Caesar Salad with Parmigiano Reggiano
Raviloi di Manzo
Pate di Anatra

Top review
Jimbo
Dined 1 day ago
The pasta is so good you just want to keep eating it. Marvelous sauces. As good as we’ve had any where. The service is excellent. The beer and wines well chosen. We look forward to returning often.
A photo of Ca Dario Montecito restaurant
4.9
4.9 (768)
$50 and over
Italian
Montecito
About the restaurant
Ca' 'Dario's newest restaurant on Coast Village Road promises the same authentic and fresh Italian cuisine as our other locations, now easily accessible for residents of Montecito!
Enjoy outdoor dining on our patio, or indoor in our elegant dining room.

Top review
DanSvip
Dined 7 days ago
Delicious food and excellent service. Highly recommended
A photo of SY Kitchen restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3588)
$31 to $50
Italian
Santa Ynez Valley
About the restaurant
RESERVATIONS



Reservations for parties of 5 or more please call restaurant directly.

S. Y. Kitchen requests a credit card to hold a reservation of 6 or more. You may cancel by calling the restaurant by 5 PM two days prior to the reservation. After that cancellation is subject to our policy and fees may be incurred. All credit card information will be processed securely.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Everybody is so attentive from the senior manager down to the bus boys in the mills are phenomenal !
A photo of Leonardo Ristorante & Pizzeria restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1273)
$31 to $50
Italian
Solvang
About the restaurant
Highly anticipated opening by Chef Leonardi Curti.
Top review
Vincevip
Dined 3 days ago
Leonardo’s has the most delicious Italian food. The specials are always excellent. We love it!
A photo of Tre Lune restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1815)
$31 to $50
Italian
Montecito
About the restaurant
"Upbeat and comfortable, serving real-deal pastas and pizzas that make you feel like you're in Italy again." - ZAGAT 2010

Fresh fish, veal scaloppini, osso buco, prime steaks, Kobe-beef burgers, organic salads, and house-made desserts.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner-Cocktails.

Award Winner of Italian wines list.

Please call to make reservations.

Top review
JAvilavip
Dined 2 days ago
We celebrated my fiancee Julies Birthday and our server was fantastic! Our first time dining and we loved the food!
A photo of Il Tegamino restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1005)
$31 to $50
Italian
Carmel
About the restaurant
We are open for outdoor dining only where we do have awnings and heaters. Dressing for dining al fresco is still recommended.

We have socially distanced all our tables and require masks as per law. Masks are required at check in and when speaking to staff.

As a result of social distancing, our already small capacity is extremely limited. Cancellations and requested changes should be e-mailed in advance to info@iltegamino.com. We respectfully remind guests that we strictly enforce our cancellation/no show policy. Cancellations and changes with less than 24 hrs notice and no shows are charged a $25/person fee. Our grace period for reservation arrival is 5 minutes.

Due to Il Tegamino's close proximity to Portabella Restaurant, please make sure you are at the correct place upon arrival! This is the guest responsibility and you will be marked as a no-show and charged accordingly if you miss a reservation due to being at the incorrect restaurant We appreciate your understanding.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Food was delicious and service was excellent! We would definitely return.
A photo of Basil Seasonal Dining restaurant
4.7
4.7 (859)
$31 to $50
Italian
Carmel
About the restaurant
Creative and modern Californian/Mediterranean dining located in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Our seasonal menu is inspired by the freshest sustainable seafood the Monterey Bay has to offer and the finest organic produce from our local farmers. Compliment your experience with fun and contemporary cocktails as well as an excellent selection of California"s most sophisticated wines. Our menu includes a generous selection of vegetarian dishes as well as gluten free options. We offer outdoor seating that is dog friendly.
Top review
AlanMvip
Dined on Mar 9, 2024
Dinner and environment were excellent. Frederick is a great host and we enjoyed discussing wines with him. Appetizers (carrots, cauliflower, artichokes) were amazing. House specialty rigatoni with pesto was exceptional. Great evening!!
A photo of Mama's Meatball restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1099)
$30 and under
Italian
San Luis Obispo
About the restaurant
There are many Italian Restaurants in San Luis Obispo, but if you're looking for a truly authentic Italian dining experience, then you should consider Mama's Meatball Restaurant. Rated among the best San Luis Obispo restaurants, Mama's Meatball uses the freshest, quality ingredients grown locally to create some of the most outstanding dishes you could find in San Luis Obispo eateries. For your convenience, Mama's Meatball offers dine-in, takeout and delivery service. Mama's Meatball is one of the few restaurants near Mission San Luis Obispo, and a block away from hotels in downtown San Luis Obispo to offer private dining options and banquet accommodations for corporate parties and family celebrations. Click here to request a quote for your next private event. Check Out Charity Water! https://www.charitywater.org/mamas-meatball
Top review
loha
Dined 5 days ago
We had lasagna and chicken Parmesan. Both were delicious, smooth rich creamy sauce made them both great!
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