About this business

  • Cuisine
    Italian, Catering, European, Pasta, Cafe
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Website
  • Price
  • Hours
    Sun-Mon 4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    Tue-Fri 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    Sat 4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Cuisine
    Italian, Catering, European, Pasta, Cafe
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Attire
  • Alcohol
  • Parking
  • Free Parking
  • Delivery
  • Takeout
  • Reservations
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Gluten Free Options
  • Catering
  • Good For Kids
  • Good For Groups
  • Kids Menu
  • Vegan Options
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Doris H.
Report | 5 days ago
Great food. Best Italian I've had in San Diego. Busy on Fri. & Sat. Nights so make a reservation. A bit small and a bit loud, but well worth it. Prices a very reasonable and the portion size is enough for two. Lots of carry home containers going out the door.
Nadia F.
Report | 9 days ago
Best Italian food get the beef
Barbie C.
Report | 12 days ago
Cappellini was delicious!!! It's small in there but it's romantic I loved it!
Melvina S.
Report | 14 days ago
Great food
Stephen S.
Report | 20 days ago
Best Italian food in SD
Pamela M.
Report | 21 days ago
Wonderful tasting food; warm service staff and owner. Definitely a place to frequent. It can be loud (Friday night)as it is bustling with many patrons - however, that would not stop me from returning
rebecca p.
Report | 22 days ago
Come hungry and read ready to try some delicious Italian food
Carla P.
Report | 23 days ago
Had a fabulous birthday celebration for my daughter. Loved the wine selection; would love to see some Italian white wines. Will definitely be back probably with a friend to sit at the wine bar and sip and nibble. I only replied No to the takeout question because I feel this is the kind of place where you want to sit and stay and pretend you are in Italy while you enjoy the food. I may take advantage of the catering for a celebration at home though.
Norman a.
Report | 24 days ago
Wonderful restaurant! I would not order takeout, because I don't believe their food should be allowed to deteriorate from the fantastic presentation at the table.
Ramon G.
Report | a month ago
Portion sizes are big. I split one order for two. I ordered the linguine pasta and it was delicious. It had shrimp, calamari, muscles clams and octopus. More than enough for two. The seafood broth was creamy and full of flavor. Definitely recommend!
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From Our Editors

Owner and head chef Francesco Basile cut his culinary teeth as a young boy in his native Sicily, peeling potatoes and cleaning fish for traditional family feasts. After graduating from culinary school, Francesco broadened his skills and palate, mastering meals of hand-rolled pappardelle at Italian resorts and learning to craft mouthwatering feasts of Italian-American fare at bustling restaurants in southern California. By opening Antica Trattoria in 2001, he built a business dedicated to cooking with fresh ingredients and celebrating simple, traditional Italian dishes, enrapturing diners with meals of veal scaloppini, melted brie with figs jam, and seafood stews swimming in tomato-herb broth. Together with right-hand-cook Eric Ruiz, Francesco changes his menu with the seasons, delivering seafood plates tinged with the aroma of fresh herbs and fennel in the spring and walnut cream sauces and pumpkin ravioli in the autumn.

The restaurant exudes a rustic, timeless charm, with walls of bare brick decorated with tops of wooden wine crates and colorful murals of idyllic Italian countryscapes. A towering china hutch in the rear dining area evokes images of a grandmother's kitchen, and an elegant marble-topped wine bar brings forth memories of a grandmother's secret speakeasy, inviting diners to sample tasty digestifs of fine vino from across Italy and the Pacific coast.

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