Italian Restaurants in National City

$40 for $70 Worth of Upscale Italian Dinner at Bice

Bice

Gaslamp Quarter

$70 $40

(527)

Seafood spaghetti and beet-potato gnocchi join a seasonal menu served in an upscale black-and-white dining space

Italian Food at Capri Blu Restaurant (45% Off). Two Options Available.

Capri Blu Restaurant

San Diego

$40 $22

(128)

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

Contemporary Italian Dinner Cuisine and Drinks for Two or Four at Olivetto Ristorante (38% Off)

Olivetto Ristorante

Mission Hills

$80 $50

(140)

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

$11 for $20 Worth of Italian Food at Giovannis Italian Restaurant

Giovannis Italian Restaurant

Multiple Locations

$20 $11

(155)

Lasagna, chicken marsala, pizza, and other Italian favorites paired with local craft beer

Tuscan Cuisine at Operacaffe (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Operacaffe

Gaslamp

$30 $15

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

Pizza, Pub Food, and Craft Beer for Dine-In, Takeout, or Delivery at The New Yorker SD (40% Off)

The New Yorker SD

Gaslamp

$25 $15

(239)

Appetizers such as pulled duck rolls and chicken wings pair well with craft beers and specialty New York-style pizzas

Italian Cuisine for Lunch or Dinner for Two at Stella Italian Fare (Up to 50% Off)

Stella Italian Fare

Village

$40 $20

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

Pizzas, Classic Pastas, and Italian Sandwiches at Venice Pizza House (Up to 45% Off). Three Options Available.

Venice Pizza House

San Diego

$20 $11

(111)

Family recipes have populated the menu since 1954 at this classic Italian-American eatery that serves pizzas, pastas, and sandwiches

Pizza and American Cuisine at Giant New York Pizza (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Giant New York Pizza

Giant New York Pizza

$20 $10

(29)

Dig into 12-, 14-, 16-, 20-, or 28-inch pizzas with toppings such as olive oil, spinach, and garlic, or barbecue chicken and red onion

$18 for $30 Worth of Italian Food for Dinner at Antica Trattoria

Antica Trattoria

La Mesa

$30 $18

(283)

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

Farm-to-Table Italian Cuisine at Tuscany Ristorante (Up to 49% Off). Four Options Available.

Tuscany Ristorante

Carlsbad

$20 $11

(123)

Helmed by a duo with 100 years of restaurant and entertainment experience, Italian restaurant offers entertainment and farm-to-table fare

$13 for $25 Worth of Pizzeria Food for Deilvery or Weekday Lunch at Stuft Pizza

Stuft Pizza

San Clemente

$25 $13

(54)

Homemade sauce and dough define Stuft Pizza's pies, which the chefs have been serving up since 1976

Italian American Fare at Zona's Italian American Cuisine (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Zona's Italian American Cuisine

San Clemente

$50 $25.99

(62)

Chef fuses Italian and California flavors, crafting pizzas and housemade pastas as adjoining bar with TVs hosts live music on weekends

Five-Course Italian Dinner for Two or Four at Brio Tuscany Grille (Up to 48% Off)

Brio Tuscany Grille

Dana Point

$132 $69

(81)

Wood-fired pizzas and a dozen types of pasta and risotti headline the menu at an award-winning restaurant with nightly live entertainment

$12 for $20 Worth of Italian Cuisine at Sabatino

Sabatino

Mission Viejo

$20 $12

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

Italian Dinner for Two or Four with Appetizer and Drinks for Two or Four at Italian Cravings Irvine (51% Off)

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

Italian and Mediterranean Food at Tuscany Mediterranee Grill. Two Options Available.

Tuscany Mediterranee Grill

Irvine Business Complex

$40 $22

(450)

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

Pizza for Takeout or Pizza Meal with Salad and Drinks at Lamppost Pizza and Backstreet Brewery (Up to 52% Off)

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

Italian Dinner and Drinks for Two or Four at Nicolino's Italian Restaurant (Up to 47% Off)

Nicolino's Italian Restaurant

Cathedral City

$30 $16

(43)

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

Italian Lunch, Dinner, or Take-Out at Lino's Pizzeria & Italian Cuisine (Up to 47% Off). Four Options Available.

Lino's Pizzeria & Italian Cuisine

Huntington Beach

$20 $12

(66)

Oven-baked pizzas and traditional Italian pastas topped with hand-rolled meatballs

Pizza Dinner for Two or $11 for $22 Worth of Pizzeria Food at Lamppost Pizza

Lamppost Pizza

Orange

$35 $17

(28)

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

Italian Cuisine at Charli Marrone's Italian Bar & Grill (48% Off). Two Options Available.

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

Pizza at Canyon Pizza (Up to 45% Off). Four Options Available.

Canyon Pizza

Yorba Linda

$20 $11

(23)

Pizzas topped with ingredients like homemade meatballs, hot wing sauce, and pepperonchini, plus toasted subs, salads, and homemade cookies

$10 for $20 Worth of Italian Food at Johnny Carino’s 

Johnny Carino's

Eastvale

$20 $10

Menu features signature dishes such as spaghetti skillets, house-made 16-layer lasagna, 21 varieties of pizza, and balsamic barbecue ribs

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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

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 and lightly flour and saut? veal with fresh mushrooms and marsala wine sauce. 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

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

It's hard to imagine a better working relationship between an executive chef and a sous chef than that of Bice's Mario Cassineri and Francesca Penoncelli. Both grew up in northern Italy, taking their first kitchen jobs as teenagers, before both attended culinary school and joined the Milan-based Bice Restaurant Group. Together, they opened several restaurants, then settled in to Bice San Diego. It was there that their culinary chemistry sparked the interest of the James Beard Foundation, who invited them to be guest chefs in their legendary kitchen in New York.

It's no wonder their talents are so revered. Not only does Mario and Francesca's menu mix things up with seasonal ingredients, but its presentations are engaging. The seafood spaghetti, for instance, is baked in a parchment bag and opened at your table, and even the rigatoni is unexpectedly colorful, painted with bright-yellow saffron sauce and sprinkled with green chives and rosy bits of quick-smoked sausage.

That said, rushing to a dinner table isn't the only way to enjoy Bice. The award-winning cheese bar displays Italian imports that change almost daily, any of which can be paired with honey, Francesca's homemade jams, or a fairly messy high-five. These inventive supplements make it clear that, even after decades spent working together, Mario and Francesca are hardly stuck in a culinary rut. It's also easy to share Bice via a business event, rehearsal dinner, birthday party, or other special private event.

425 Island Ave
San Diego,
CA
US

At a young age, Alberto Morreale decided on a career as a chef, leaving his Sicilian hometown to cook in restaurants across northern Italy. After moving to San Diego, he started synthesizing Californian influences with his Old World culinary techniques, creating dishes such as his housemade lobster ravioli with chipotle-mascarpone-cilantro sauce and a dollop of tequila.

Chef Morreale’s use of local ingredients in his creative recipes adds to the freshness of dishes at both Fig Tree Cafe locations—winning the Hillcrest café second place in CityVoter’s Best Brunch category in 2010. The two cafés bake their breads in house, grow their own sprigs of rosemary, and catch their own silverware in a clear mountain stream. The kitchen sources ingredients from area producers, such as a ranch 35 miles outside of town, which supplies the restaurant with natural, free-range eggs.

416 University Ave
San Diego,
CA
US

Guests have to blink a few times upon first entering the Alexander's on 30th dining room—a dazzling wash of pristine white walls, white Carrara-marble counters, and white linen tablecloths. Moonlight pours in through lofty windows, causing the wine glasses and silverware to shimmer with images from Casablanca. Little candles speckle the tabletops, casting a glow on plates of colorful bruschetta, fine pasta dishes, and Italian specialties. A variety of artisanal pizzas perch atop silver pedestals—including the White Room pizza, a flavorful combination of garlic, chicken, and pesto that the San Diego Union Tribune named 1 of the top 50 things to eat in San Diego before you die. Outside, on the back patio, diners linger over last bites of cookie sundaes beneath trees adorned with strings of light.

3391 30th St
San Diego,
CA
US