Italian Restaurants in Downtown Chula Vista

50% Off Tuscan Cuisine at Operacaffe

Operacaffe

Gaslamp

$30 $15

Prosciutto pizza, porcini ravioli in sage-infused butter sauce, and other Tuscan-inspired specialties at a Zagat-rated eatery

38% Off Italian Cuisine at Olivetto Ristorante

Olivetto Ristorante

Mission Hills

$80 $50

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The contemporary yet homey Italian eatery earned praise from the U-T San Diego, the San Diego Reader, and Zagat

Half Off Italian Cuisine at Antica Trattoria

Antica Trattoria

La Mesa

$30 $18

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Chef Francesco Basile celebrates the cuisine of his native Italy with seasonal meals of seafood medleys, tender roasts, and flavorful sauces

45% Off Italian Food from Figaro's Pizza

Figaro's Pizza

Allied Gardens

$20 $11

Build-your-own pizzas can be eaten at Figaro's or carried out and cooked at home

Up to 42% Off at Naked Pizza

Naked Pizza

Pacific Beach

$20 $13

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Healthy pies made with hormone-free meat, sugar-free sauce, and 10-grain dough that includes brown rice, buckwheat, quinoa, and probiotics

47% Off Italian Cuisine at Stella Italian Fare

Stella Italian Fare

Village

$30 $16

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Lasagna with an Angus-beef ragout, yellow fin tuna in a pine-nut and hazelnut crust, and braised lamb shank with fresh gnocchi

45% Off Italian Food at Capri Blu Restaurant

Capri Blu Restaurant

San Diego

$40 $22

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Filet mignon, dungeness crab, and inventive pizzas all share one enticing menu of classic and modern Italian dishes

Half Off at Francesca's Italian Kitchen

Francesca's Italian Kitchen

Temecula

$30 $15

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Chicken marsala, gnocchi, lobster ravioli, and other Italian dishes from a husband-and-wife team

Up to 50% Off Pizzeria Food or Pizza Party

Pizza Factory

Temecula

$25 $14

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Thick-crust and thin-crust pizzas crowned with creative toppings, such as cashews and pesto, plus hearty pastas; arcade games and party room

Up to 45% Off at Times Square New York Style Pizzeria

Times Square New York Style Pizzeria

Temecula

$20 $12

Bite into slices of cheesy New York–style pizza topped with chicken, salami, or artichokes, which can be made gluten free

40% Off Italian Cuisine at Sabatino

Sabatino

Mission Viejo

$20 $12

Spinach and pesto garlic pizza, spicy buffalo chicken calzones, veal marsala, and baked cheese ravioli

47% Off Italian Cuisine at Romeo Cucina

Romeo Cucina

Laguna Beach

$30 $16

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Pastas made by hand daily, pizzas baked in a wood-burning brick oven, and other Italian dishes including grilled scampi prawns and risotto

Up to 52% Off Pizza at Lamppost Pizza and Backstreet Brewery

Lamppost Pizza and Backstreet Brewery

Irvine

$20 $12

Diners sip award-winning craft beer and munch hand-tossed pizza while watching live sports; a game room with prizes keeps kids entertained

51% Off Italian Dinner for 2 or 4 at Italian Cravings Irvine

Italian Cravings Irvine

Irvine Business Complex

$54.85 $27

Inventive pizzas, glasses of beer, and pasta dishes with signature marinara sauce characterize menu of familiar Italian staples

Up to 45% Off at Papa Joe's Pizza

Papa Joe's Pizza

Moreno Valley

$20 $11

Cuisine includes spaghetti with meatballs, filet steak sandwich, garlic bread, buffalo wings, and cheese vegetarian pizza

50% Off at Luna Rossa Ristorante

Luna Rossa Ristorante

Tustin

$30 $15

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Authentic Italian restaurant known for its homemade pastas & pizzas made in a wood burning oven mostly uses products imported from Italy

45% Off Italian Food at Tuscany Mediterranee Grill

Tuscany Mediterranee Grill

Irvine Business Complex

$40 $22

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Penne with capers and diced ahi tuna, chicken in brandy sauce with prosciutto and artichoke hearts, lamb chops, and kebabs

Nicolino's Italian Restaurant – Up to 47% Off

Nicolino's Italian Restaurant

Cathedral City

$30 $16

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Italian classics such as freshly made pasta alfredo, specialty barbecue-chicken pizza, pepperoni-mushroom calzones, and seafood al diablo

Up to 52% Off Pizza at Lamppost Pizza 

Lamppost Pizza

Orange

$35 $17

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A pair of friends shares eight slices of regular- or gluten-free crust pizza, washing it down with beer from Backstreet Brewery

48% Off at Charli Marrone's Italian Bar & Grill

Charli Marrone's Italian Bar & Grill

Indio

$25 $13

Grilled filet mignon with blue cheese, fresh cannelloni pasta stuffed with spinach and ricotta, cioppino, and other Italian specialties

$7 Off at Carolina's Italian Restaurant

Carolina's Italian Restaurant

Garden Grove

$20 $13

(768)

Seafood pasta, chicken pizza, antipasti, and 280+ beers from around the world at a cozy, family-owned spot

Up to 40% Off at Surf Dog's Sports Grill

Surf Dog's Sports Grill

Huntington Beach

$35.95 $26

(43)

Large pizza or 21 pieces of wings for parties to split at a sports bar with 19 flat-screen TVs

Select Local Merchants

In 1959, Domenic Donato ventured from his hometown of Cosenza, Italy, to California, where he opened his first Italian restaurant with recipes from his mother, Rosa, whom he considers the best cook in Italy. Donato soon opened a succession of Italian restaurants now owned and operated by his sister, brother, and sons. In 2006, Donato passed down Mangia Italiano on Third to close family friends Adam and Kathy. The pair faithfully continues to follow the recipes passed down through generations of the Donato family, as well as adding modern twists to Italian classics.

Inside the kitchens, chefs bake eggplant parmigana with ricotta and romano cheese, lightly flour and sauté veal with fresh mushrooms and marsala wine sauce, and toss spicy shrimp with angel-hair pasta, olive oil, and sun-dried tomatoes. In the dining area, murals of Italian seascapes are dotted with white sails puffing in the wind and depict ancient ruins full of crumbling columns and Betamax players. When not inspecting the restaurant's art, patrons can dig into plates of housemade cannolis and tiramisu.

248 3rd Ave
Chula Vista,
CA
US

John's Incredible Pizza Co. graces guests with acres of incandescent entertainment options and a fully stocked buffet ($9.49 value, $1.50 value for drinks). In addition to a slew of soups, salads, pasta, desserts, and traditional pizza choices, the buffet brandishes a bouquet of specialty pizza creations, including spicy peanut-butter, barbecue chicken ranch, and alfredo pizza.

3030 Plaza Bonita Rd.
National City,
CA
US

The gustatory artisans at Ono's Café populate their menu of Asian-fusion cuisine with a bounty of fresh ingredients that evoke the flavors of California and the distant Pacific Rim. Tables strain under the heft of such entrees as the macadamia-crusted salmon, which ladles a regal banana sauce atop grilled king salmon before showering the plate with an aromatic confetti of black thai rice and asian slaw ($17). Bearing a mosaic of temporary grill-mark tattoos, the kalbi short ribs ($14) waft their flame-kissed aromas across the dining room, and tempura-battered shrimp and vegetables snuggle alongside a salad with miso-raspberry vinaigrette to create the tempura mix ($11). Ono's Café proffers an array of delicate sushi delights, including assorted hand rolls ($4+) as well as a signature house roll, which gives softshell crab and cucumber a great big rice hug before layering albacore tuna, avocado, and a fully paid mortgage atop the creation. Visitors considering a drink can turn to Ono's beverage menu, which comprises beer, cocktails, sake, wine, and multifarious hot and cold options for those who prefer nonalcoholic swallowing.

4154 Bonita Rd
Bonita,
CA
US

Every pizza at zpizza is freshly prepared, hand thrown, gently coaxed into the oven using soft birdcalls and pheromone trails, and fire-baked to crispy perfection. The dough is prepared fresh daily from 100% certified-organic wheat, and z is also happy to offer certified organic and gluten-free crusts, sating the pizza desire of the allergic, dieters, and wheat sympathizers. Toppings include award-winning Wisconsin skim mozzarella, MSG-free pepperoni, certified-organic tomato sauce, additive-free sausage, and fresh produce. Try a large ZBQ pizza (with barbecue sauce, mozzarella, barbecue chicken, roasted pepper, red onion, tomato, cilantro, and sweet corn ($16.95); or a chicken curry and yam rustica (with mozzarella, curry chicken, yam, mango chutney, raisin, and cilantro; $8.95). Vegans can delight in a small Berkeley, a vegan cheese veggie pizza (with marinara, vegan cheese, veggie burger crumbles, zucchini, tomato, mushroom, red onion, and bell pepper; $11.50), and traveling tongues can sate their wanderlust with a mouthwatering Moroccan rustica (with pesto, mozzarella, basil, roasted eggplant, feta cheese, caramelized onion, and pine nut ($8.95).

601 E Palomar St
Chula Vista,
CA
US

Though named for a fiery volcano, Krakatoa Café reigns as the coolest spot in Golden Hill. This charming olive-colored Craftsman bungalow has an abundance of character, and good eats to back them up. Locals chill on the wooden deck, shaded by a fig tree, enjoying the lush foliage and bamboo wind chimes. It’s easy to relax here, sipping coffee drinks, smoothies or craft beers with friends and snacking on decadent house-made pastries or gourmet sandwiches, like the Ubehebe, complete with maple-cured bacon, roasted turkey, cream cheese, cranberry sauce and crisp romaine. One of the West Coast’s finest roasters, Caffe Calabria, supplies the coffee beans and artisan teas, while manager Julie bakes divine desserts and always has gluten-free or vegan treats on hand. Happy Hour calls for a Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale or orange blossom mimosa on the dog-friendly patio.

1128 25th St
San Diego,
CA
US

Set in a low brick building on the western edge of San Diego’s East Village, Basic Urban Kitchen and Bar is a reconfigured work space that’s been laid out to take advantage of a relaxed, downtown vibe. The 1912 warehouse corner space is arranged with plentiful WiFi for afternoon meetings and casual dining, including thin-crust brick oven pizzas like their signature mashed potato pie. There’s a chain-curtained central VIP lounge for special group events, and the long bar is bordered by huge garage doors rolled up most days, with a pool table near the back wall. The seating invites conversations on low, upholstered platforms that can be wheeled into comfy configurations to fit the size of your party.

410 10th Ave
San Diego,
CA
US