Choose Between Two Options
- $10 for $20 worth of Italian cuisine at lunch Tuesday–Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- $20 for $40 worth of Italian cuisine at dinner Monday–Sunday after 5 p.m.
Lunch plates include specialties such as portobello ravioli ($9.99) and salmon risotto ($12.99) alongside hot Italian sandwiches and burgers ($8.99–$12.99). For dinner, the menu expands to include such meals as chicken saltimbocca with prosciutto, mozzarella, and a white-wine-butter sauce ($17.99) and a certified Angus pepper steak topped with mushroom gravy, green onions, and bacon ($23.99).
Ristorante Italiano Santa Cruz
Past a rose-red patio and adobe-colored passageway at the old hospital at Branciforte Plaza, Ristorante Italiano Santa Cruz spreads out hearty Italian cuisine, from homemade lasagna to pork tenderloin. Various scenes—a panorama of Venice, a family dining together, the restaurant owner working in the kitchen—play out on the walls in the mural room. In the sunroom, light filters down through glass panels to illuminate tables draped in reds and whites. And out on the patio, benches and deck chairs compete for an umbrella's shade. A family endeavor since its founding in 1980, Ristorante Italiano has consistently drawn praise—Karen Petersen of Good Times, for example, said the restaurant’s “bright flavors and generous portions ensure its distinction as a local favorite.”