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“FIVE SPOONS (again)” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Gourmet Italia

Gourmet Italia
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Ranked #4 of 409 Restaurants in Temecula
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
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239 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“FIVE SPOONS (again)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2014 via mobile

Our second visit, this time with friends, and the culinary experience was as great as our visit in May. Angelo, our server, without a doubt was the best we have ever had. Great service and a cordial and funny guy who really goes out of the way to make your experience here delightful.
As usual, fresh and outstanding quality for the food. The four of us started with the Antipasta platter and the Crostini Positon-- both exceptional appetizers which were beautifully prepared and artfully presented.
Our entres were simple, but delicious......four different ones with no complaints and plenty left over to take home. We finished with the airy Lemoncello Dessert......right from heaven. Add in the wonderful bread, olive oils, wine and coffee and it was another Five Spoon evening. Angelo, you are the best!!!! we will be back again for our third visit!

Visited August 2014
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Gilbert
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great Idea”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2014

After seeing other reviews, we decided to stop for a good meal before visiting the vineyards. It was a great idea - wonderful meal. The staff were friendly, kind, and knowledgable. The dishes were unique. Went for a late lunch and had no problem getting seated and served quickly.

Visited August 2014
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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124 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Temeculanication...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2014

We went to this restaurant with high expectations, as it was recommended by numerous locals and some of our friends...The eatery located in a strip mall by the highway was packed with patrons on a Tuesday night !!!! Inside the decor is quaint, very charming and warm. Our server was truly great, greeted us, got us a table (in this madhouse), and , as long with the busboy, provided an exemplary service, fast and professional. My only issue with the place : the food we had was very mediocre at the exception of the clams appetizer, delicious but cold.... the gnocchi were the kind you buy at a grocery store (cold), the risotto with porcini mushrooms (cold) was as blend as you could possibly make this dish, no salt, butter, cream or seasoning ....The desserts are not homemade at the exception of 2. If this the best Italian food in the region, i seriously wonder about the knowledge or the tasting abilities of the locals. Again, beside the great service and the atmosphere, the experience was very disappointing, but again for Temecula (and reading the reviews) it is "the best they have ever had"....Beauty is the eye of the beholder....

  • Visited August 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Temecula, California
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33 reviews
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“The best in Temecula!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

Make reservations if possible and get ready to eat the best Italian food outside of Italy itself! On the outside, Gourmet Italia looks like a "hole in the wall", yet once you enter, you actually feel as if you are in Italy! The atmosphere provides every wonderful Italian sensation, from the cozy, candle lit tables, to the smell of fresh ingredients, to the owner, Alex's, warm, welcoming (and, often hysterical) personality. You feel as if you have just stepped into Alex's home in Italy and you are part of his entire familia! The selection of food is huge and the best part...it is delicious! If you want wonderful, fresh Italian food and an evening that makes you want to board the next flight to Italy, go to Gourmet Italia!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Paramount, CA
2 reviews
“Worth the drive”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2014

We live one hundred miles away. Whenever we are anywhere near we make certain we dine on some of the best Italian food we have ever eaten. Alex, the owner, creates a friendly family atmosphere and the food is straight from "the old country".

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MyBarbara
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