Top Choice Italian in Encinitas

Trattoria I Trulli

Country-style seating indoors and great people watching on the sidewalk. Just one taste of the homemade gnocchi, ravioli or lasagna, salmon in brandy mustard sauce or pollo uno zero uno (101; chicken stuffed with ch…
Italian in San Diego


Bencotto melds the old with the new of Little Italy – contemporary, angular, multistory, architect-designed, arty and green – and the food is great too, from fresh-sliced prosciutto to pasta a modo tuo (your way), w…
Italian in San Diego

Café Zucchero

Old-school Little Italy spot, the kind with a brass rail and marble floor for a bang-up Italian dinner. There’s a pizza menu like a phone book, pastas and meat and seafood dishes, but save room (or make a special st…
Italian in San Diego

Mimmo’s Italian Village

In a tall-ceilinged space decorated like (wait for it) an Italian village complete with mini Ponte Vecchio, Mimmo’s deli serves salads, hot and cold sandwiches, and lunch specials such as lasagna and eggplant parmig…
Italian in San Diego


A subdued, romantic setting for subdued, romantic, Italian fare and a great wine list, presented by black-tied waiters. It’s known for steaks, seafood dishes like shrimp in mushroom and champagne sauce over pasta, a…
Italian in Del Mar

Il Fornaio

Italian in Cardiff-by-the-Sea

Trattoria Positano

Its streetside storefront looks rather plain from the outside, but inside this shop run by three sisters is awash with warm tones and white-tablecloth service. The garlicky tomato sauce for your bread is addictive, …
Italian in Carlsbad

Vigilucci’s Cucina Italiana

There’s white-tablecloth service and a lovely sidewalk terrace at this State St institution. For lunch try pastas or panini (the one with parma ham and portobello mushrooms is a fave), while dinner might be papparde…