Italian Restaurants in Santa Barbara Downtown

Pizza and Salad, Subs and Sodas for Two, or Family Pizza Meal at The Don's Pizzeria (Up to 47% Off)

The Don's Pizzeria

Simi Valley

$30 $16

Salads, subs, garlic bread and large build-your-own pizzas crowned with toppings such as pepperoni, goat cheese, olives, and bacon

Two Medium One-Topping Pizzas or One Large Combination Pizza for Carry-Out at Slice of Italy (Up to 48% Off)

Slice of Italy

Westlakes

$23 $12

Bring home cheesy one-topping pizzas or grab a large combination pie topped with salami, pepperoni, bell pepper, onions, and olives

Four Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Lunch or $12 for $20 Worth of Dinner at Jerry's Pizza

Jerry's Pizza

Jerry's Pizza

$5 $3

Freshly made pizzas topped with jalapeños, canadian bacon, or veggies; juicy burgers and sandwiches; cheesy calzones stuffed with chicken

Italian Cuisine and Drinks for Lunch or Dinner at Two Guys from Italy (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Two Guys from Italy

Granada Hills

$18 $9

Fresh garlic and virgin olive oil flavor Italian dishes such as carbonara pasta with a choice of seven noodles or pollo scarpariello

Italian Four-Course Dinner for Two or Four at Buon Gusto Ristorante (Up to 53% Off)

Buon Gusto Ristorante

Mission Hills

$103.20 $49

Basil and eggplant grown in the restaurant's own garden enhance classic Italian dishes made with care

$20 for $35 Worth of Italian-American Food at Earth Wind & Flour

Earth Wind & Flour

Santa Monica

$35 $20

Italian food with a California touch, like eggplant pizza and spinach salad with artichoke hearts, at a restaurant with dog-friendly patio

$149 for 5-Course Italian Dinner for Two with Dessert and Wine at Michelin Starred Valentino ($250 Value)

Valentino

Pico

$250 $149

Prosecco or wine complements dishes such as shrimp-stuffed calamari, gnocchi with prosciutto, and lobster risotto in a fine-dining setting

$75 for $100 Worth of Italian Cuisine at Vito Restaurant. Groupon Reservation Required.

Vito Restaurant

Mid-City

$100 $75

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Trio of Italian immigrants runs 34-year-old restaurant, which serves classic, Old-World recipes in space with vintage charm

All-You-Can-Eat Gourmet Pizza for Dine-In or Pizza for Carry-Out at Bella Vista Brazilian Pizza (Up to 43% Off)

Bella Vista Brazilian Pizza

Washington Culver

$29.98 $17

(499)

Ham, cinnamon, green peas, Brazilian-style cream cheese, condensed milk, fresh fruit, and beef stroganoff crown 30 types of gourmet pizzas

Italian Dinner and Drinks for Two, Four, or Six or More at Polentoni Italian Restaurant (Up to 53% Off)

Polentoni Italian Restaurant

Culver City

$70 $34

Traditional Italian dishes served in an eatery with rustic brick walls, exposed ceiling rafters, and rich wooden floors

$11 for $18 Worth of Pizza and Italian Food at 161 Street Pizzeria

161 Street Pizzeria

Hollywood Hills

$18 $11

(18)

More than 20 toppings such as barbecue chicken rest atop crust and house-made sauce alongside pasta, subs, and chicken parmesan

Pizza, Sandwiches, and Pasta at Pedone's Pizza (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Pedone's Pizza

Hermosa Beach

$20 $10

(102)

Hot sandwiches and classic italian pastas make tasty individual meals, and specialty pizzas fill small groups of bellies

Italian Dinner for Two or Four with Appetizers and Wine at Palermo Ristorante Italiano (Up to 41% Off)

Palermo Ristorante Italiano

Los Feliz

$67.45 $40

(740)

Appetizers of prosciutto and melon precede entrees such as lasagna bolognese, veal picata, and tilapia in a marsala sauce

$15 for $25 Worth of Pizza, Wings, and Sandwiches at Garage Pizza

Garage Pizza

Silverlake

$25 $15

(502)

Crispy, thin-crust pies topped with fresh mozzarella, pesto, meatballs, and other ingredients from a pizza place open until 4 a.m.

Italian Food for Dinner for Two or Four at Lago D'Argento Pizzeria(Up to 41% Off)

Lago D'Argento Pizzeria

Lago D'Argento Pizzeria

$40 $24

Risotto balls and cajun alfredo linguini segue into gourmet pies such as white truffle or roasted duck with gouda

Dinner for Two or Four at Giancarlo's Ristorante Italiano Mediterraneo (Up to 45% Off)

Giancarlo's Ristorante Italiano Mediterraneo

Morro Bay

$99 $59

(89)

Italian chef reflects his Bari birthplace with a menu heavy on vegetables and seafood, plus wood-fired pizzas and creamy desserts

$15 for $25 Worth of Pizza, Salad, and Wings at Garage Pizza

Garage Pizza

Downtown Los Angeles

$25 $15

(308)

Sauceless white pizzas topped with ricotta and garlic, traditional margherita, and specialties covered in meatballs, sausage, and pepperoni

Chef's Tasting Menu with Champagne for Two or Four at Portofino Cucina Italiana (46%% Off)

Portofino Cucina Italiana

Downtown Los Angeles

$100 $59

Naples–born chef shares favorite home recipes such as homemade gnocchi or seafood brodetto stew through a tasting menu

$49 for an Italian Dinner for Two at Raffaello Ristorante (Up to $85 Value). Groupon Reservation Required.

Raffaello Ristorante

Central San Pedro

$85 $49

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Eatery's cozy Old-World ambiance is highlighted by a menu replete with succulent seafood entrees and pastas topped with house-made sauces

$11 for $20 Worth of Italian Food at The Kitchen Italian Cafe and Pizzeria

The Kitchen Italian Cafe and Pizzeria

Old Pasadena

$20 $11

(223)

Classic Italian dishes such as chicken parmigiana with spaghetti, meat lasagna, sausage rolls, and Sicilian-style pizzas

Italian Lunch or Dinner at Corleone Italian Restaurant (40% Off)

Corleone Italian Restaurant

Downey

$20 $12

(108)

Chef Salvatore uses seasonal ingredients to craft Italian dinner items such as linguini calamari in a marinara sauce & spaghetti misto mare

Select Local Merchants

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.

1031 State St
Santa Barbara,
CA
US

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.

12 W Figueroa St
Santa Barbara,
CA
US

Located near Santa Barbara City College, Hot Spots Espresso Company serves as a caffeine-equipped study spot for many a college student. Offering free wifi, the shop makes a variety of coffee and smoothie drinks to order?baristas carefully steam cappuccinos and brew coffee one cup at a time to maximize flavor. On the beach-adjacent patio, palms and blooming bougainvilleas sway in the sea breeze as strings of lights frame columns and archways. Between late April and October, the shop remains open around the clock, acting as a lighthouse for bleary-eyed sailors and a haven for late-night studying.

827 Santa Barbara St
Santa Barbara,
CA
US

Inspired by the "North of Little Italy" neighborhood of Manhattan?which is lined with quaint and authentic family-owned restaurants?Nolita Ristorante serves up classic Italian cuisine alongside an extensive craft beer selection at a contemporary bar, featuring 24 taps and a myriad of specialty cocktails. The impressive menu lists off a plethora of dishes, each composed with a nod toward sustainability, such as fresh produce and meats that are locally sourced whenever possible. Tender shrimp ravioli are tossed in a saffron cream sauce, while a bone-in pork chop is plated alongside a crispy polenta cake and sweet grilled peaches.

520 Castillo Street
Santa Barbara,
CA
US

It's a tradition at Arnoldi's Cafe to make things by hand, whether you're crafting meatballs or the building itself. Though the original venue was founded in 1937 by Giuseppe Arnoldi and his wife Ilda, the current location was erected in 1940. Giuseppe, known as Joe, quarried the stone himself. He made sure to include all the trappings of a rustic Italian getaway: a maple floor for dancing, a pair of bocce courts, and a mural of Lago di Como, where he was born. And, though he and Ilda ceased to run the restaurant in 1969, he appointed a bar manager who remains there to this day. His name is Bucky, and he's a tule elk who welcomes visitors from his spot on the wall.

Thankfully, guests can taste Joe's legacy as well as see it. The menu at Arnoldi's boasts homestyle Italian fare, from bruschetta drizzled in imported olive oil to veal sautéed in wine and a lemon caper sauce. Like the vases at an unscrupulous antique store, many of the pasta dishes here are made fresh from scratch. There's handmade gnocchi, homemade lasagna, and handmade ravioli. Diners enjoy their meals with wine in a romantic dining room or on a heated patio, while in the garden, teams compete in seasonal bocce tournaments.

600 Olive St
Santa Barbara,
CA
US

When creating a pie, cooks at Paesano's Pizzeria adhere to the tradition of NYC's pizza chefs from start to finish. They begin with fresh ingredients, kneading pizza dough from scratch. Next, they hand-toss the pies into circles ready for toppings. After slathering on freshly made sauce and toppings such as italian sausage or fresh mushrooms, they stone-bake the pizzas. You can buy it by the slice or by the pie, or opt for another Italian staple such as a hot sub or lasagna.

1429 San Andres St
Santa Barbara,
CA
US