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“Back Again This Year”
Review of It's Italia

It's Italia
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$40
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Mill Street
Transit: Samtrans bus stop is located one block away from It's Italia, on the corner of Main and Kelly Streets, right in front of our City Hall.
Description: It's Italia opened in 1997 as a San Francisco style trattoria and pizzeria serving gourmet pizzas, house pastas, and creative salads, always with a California Italian flavor, and a wine list of 10-12 varietals. Ten years later, our menu has expanded to include steak and seafood grilled specialties, artful antipasti, and a decadent array of housemade desserts from our pastry chef. Over 120 bottles line up on our wine list from Italy, California, France, Spain, Australia, and New Zealand. As always, we have remained faithful to a local coastal California Italian cuisine, with its cosmopolitan nature, bringing produce and cheeses from local farms, meats and poultry from quality and organic growers, and seafood from a variety of waters. Most importantly, we are a little local community restaurant that serves locals. Lots of locals! Our advertising is mostly word of mouth. Our energy is inviting, positive, and friendly, and when you come in, you are invited to be part of our family.
Sun Lakes, Arizona
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198 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Back Again This Year”
Reviewed 18 July 2014

After a great memorable meal here last year, we made a note to stop again when we got in the neighborhood. Glad we did. We were curious enough to try the Pea Bruschetta appetizer that was absolutely unique and delicious. The Vodka Rigatoni Bolognese was very good and the warm goat cheese salad got rave reviews also. This is the only place we've tried in Half Moon Bay and we're reluctant to try anywhere else. Two visits and two great meals. Only thing that could improve it, would be to drop about $2 - $3 off the price of each entrée. Oh Well. Service was also top notch, but it can be pretty busy at times. Our waiter Greg was great.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Paul L
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Yonkers, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great Dinner”
Reviewed 16 July 2014

Very nice, décor is striking, even the restrooms are elegant. We were seated promptly with our reservation. The food was wonderful, and the service was even better. A must visit restaurant in Half Moon Bay! We will definitely return to this place if we are back in Half Moon Bay

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank NYGirlLovinTheBeach
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Santa Clara, California, United States
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52 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great food, great location!”
Reviewed 14 July 2014

I ate at It's Italia last night with a group of 7 friends. We had a variety of things from the menu, the steamed mussels and clams appetizer, which was especially good, salads, mains and some desserts. Everything tasted great and was nicely presented. The bar is really quite pretty and they have a garden room in the back that was beautiful. Our server was intially slow in getting our orders, but once he had the orders, the food came at the right time and was well coordinated for all 7 of us.

I've already recommended this restaurant to friends coming in from out of town, it's a great example of a great Northern California restaurant!

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Ljgracie
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Maile d, Manager at It's Italia, responded to this review, 20 July 2014
We are thrilled to learn that you enjoyed your visit at It’s Italia and recommend us to your friends from out of town. Great pride is taken in both the meals and the service we provide to our valued guests, and your feedback is dearly appreciated. Thank you for such a nice review, and we look forward to your next visit!
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Nice Italian”
Reviewed 23 June 2014

We arrived for a San Francisco/Wine Country vacation on a Friday afternoon. We really did not want to head all the way into the city and our hotel was near the airport so we headed down to Half Moon Bay with no idea what it was about. After strolling around the town for an hour or so we were getting hungry and stumbled upon It's Italia. This turned out to be pretty fortunate for us as we had a terrific meal. Everything was very good from the seafood to the pasta and bread. It was a bit on the pricey side but the service and food was excellent.

  • Visited June 2014
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Littleton, CO
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Good food and service”
Reviewed 11 June 2014

We were here on a very warm day and actually had reservations at another place. When we walked into that place the temperature inside was very uncomfortable so we checked out It's Italia. We are glad we did. Food was good as was the service. This place deserves good ratings for the food and welcome atmosphere.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Doug W
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Maile d, Manager at It's Italia, responded to this review, 13 June 2014
Dear Doug,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience, glad you enjoyed, and hope to have you again :)

Cheers!
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