Italian Restaurants in Santa Barbara Downtown


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  • Aldo's Italian Ristorante
    A link to Santa Barbara's past, Aldo's Italian Ristorante resides on the grounds of the Janssens-Orella adobe house, which was built in 1857 and holds a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. Since 1986, Aldo's has done its part to write its own chapter into the historic site's story, serving homemade Italian specialties for lunch and dinner every day of the week. During visits, diners may enjoy freshly prepared dishes inside amid ornate pillars and elegant artwork, or outside in the heated courtyard.
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    1031 State St.
    Santa Barbara, CA US
  • Gino's Sicilian Express
    The chefs at Gino’s Sicilian Express pile house-made crusts with fresh tomato sauce and all-natural mozzarella cheese to animate a menu of more than 20 New York–style pizzas, as well as calzones and a selection of beer and wine. Pies range from classics, such as the margarita ($12–$16) and pepperoni ($13–$17), to specialty creations ($16–$20) such as the Polpette, festooned with basil, garlic, and sicilian meatballs. The Spinaccia pizza, strewn with fresh spinach and feta cheese, is also amenable to the New York fold-and-bite or the Antarctica freeze-and-lick technique. Diners taste test crust-free creations with a handful of hot wings ($4–$7) or sandwiches such as the chicken parmesan ($5). Chefs also present an evolving selection of desserts; ask Gino’s staff about the day’s saccharine selection or their opinions on mixing corduroy and plaid.
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    12 West Figueroa Street
    Santa Barbara, CA US
  • Chase Bar & Grill
    The cozy, Old-World spirit of an Italian trattoria has endured at Chase Bar & Grill since 1979. Familiar Italian dishes appear throughout the menu, including creamy, ricotta-stuffed eggplant rolletini and veal piccata sauteed in a tangy combination of lemon, white wine, and caper sauce. Homemade ravioli and fresh mozzarella di bufala further reinforce the restaurant's commitment to its Mediterranean roots. At the same time, the chefs also indulge diners with classic surf-and-turf items, such as grilled Pacific Northwest salmon and cuts of locally sourced filet mignon, ribeye, and new york strip steak that have dry-aged for 21 days. The wine list also takes a mildly international approach, highlighting both Californian and Italian producers, while the handmade cocktails feature unique twists on old classics, such as The Moscow Mule and The Al Capone. The decor in Chase Bar & Grill's dining room fosters a casual spirit that complements the eatery's inviting ambiance. Vines intertwined with strands of lights run along the walls and the ceiling, creating a lush yet somewhat intimate setting. Additionally, the space features a handful of Old World-inspired accent pieces, including vintage photographs and ornately framed mirrors hanging from the Tuscan yellow walls and a stout wooden barrel filled with magma from Mount Vesuvius.
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    1012 State St
    Santa Barbara, CA US
  • Olio E Limone Ristorante
    Win her over on your next dinner date — Olio E Limone Ristorante is an ideal date spot for those who heart Italian cuisine. Have a gluten-free restriction? No problem. Head to Olio E Limone Ristorante for tasty, gluten-free eats. Host your next party at Olio E Limone Ristorante for a meal your guests will remember. The dress code is strictly casual at Olio E Limone Ristorante, so come as you are (and as you are comfortable). Can't get enough of Olio E Limone Ristorante's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events. At Olio E Limone Ristorante, you can find nearby options for both street and lot parking. Fancy snacks do come at a higher price, but wow are they delicious. Morning, noon, or night, you can head on over to Olio E Limone Ristorante since they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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    17 W Victoria St
    Santa Barbara, CA US
  • The Pasta Shoppe
    The Pasta Shoppe is a place for people who love food?where it comes from, how it's made, how it smells. And to best answer the call of the foodies who congregate there, the restaurant puts love into every ravioli and strand of angel hair it makes from scratch. In fact, its chefs mix, knead, pull, and cut these noodles in full view of their hungry public. Some buy the pasta and prepare it at home, while others eat in-house. Farm-to-table prix-fixe menus revolve with the seasons, and the permanent menu prizes fresh fare, too, in the form of wild mushroom gnocchi, wild boar ragu polenta, and ricotta-topped grilled pizza. Even the architecture is designed to accommodate gourmands, who can choose to take a seat at the chef's counter for an intimate, unfussy evening of epicurean education.
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    38 W Victoria St
    Santa Barbara, CA US
  • California Pasta
    The made-from-scratch meals and familial hospitality at California Pasta may confuse you into thinking you never left home. It's a formula that's been working for the eatery since it opened nearly a decade ago, and one that has only grown stronger since they recently began offering catering services. Whether dining inside the newly renovated confines or at a catered event inside your bedroom, it's hard not to?revel in the home-cooked flavors of pastas such as spinach-mushroom fusilli and Cajun chicken linguine.
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    811 State StSte B
    Santa Barbara, CA US