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“Best Italian Restaurant - Loved it!”
Review of Trattoria Toscana

Trattoria Toscana
Ranked #2 of 429 Restaurants in Temecula
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$30
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood, Wine Bar
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Trattoria Toscana is a quaint, boutique Italian restaurant that creates an authentic Tuscan-Sardinian-Italian cultural experience, rich in the appreciation of high-quality food and wine. Trattoria Toscana caters to those who savor authentic, home-made Italian meals that bring out the flavors of each ingredient. Chef Pietro, born in Sardinia, carefully selects fresh, local ingredients to create daily specials as well as imports from Italy to create high quality, homemade Tuscan and Sardinian meals. Here at Trattoria Toscana, Chef Pietro draws on his Italian and Sardinian roots to bring the community a true Italian experience, transporting his guests to Italy for a delicious, enjoyable meal. He believes that the best flavors come from fresh food, using the highest quality ingredients, prepared daily, just as they do in Italy. Chef Pietro prepares his dishes with care and passion, attending to every detail. He makes the pasta and bread from scratch each day. He rolls housemade tortelloni and ravioli by hand. His gnocchi is made in house with potatoes and imported pecorino cheese, using his mother's recipe. You can find the staples of Italian cuisine, olive oil and tomatoes, in many of his dishes. He chooses to use high quality, extra virgin olive and truffle oils from Italy to ensure that his dishes have the authentic flavors of Italy. He sun dries tomatoes by hand using fresh, organic tomatoes to accentuate the flavors of his dishes, such as our popular Pappardelle con Funghi. Chef Pietro refrains from preparing his dishes far in advance, in order to preserve the tradition of preparing his dishes on the spot. This technique requires time for preparation and provides our guests with a leisurely dining experience, a time to relax and enjoy the company of others, sipping a lovely glass of wine, upholding Italian dining tradition. Cuisine is a passion and a past time in Italy, a time to revel in delightful flavors using just the right ingredients, and investing the time in its preparation every day. The interior décor, inspired by Chef Pietro's Sardinian and Tuscan roots and woodworking background, creates a quaint, authentic Italian dining experience. Pietro's own sculpted functional artwork made from recycled wood, his hand-crafted wine bar tiled with stone, and exquisitely crafted Italian window frames filled with Tuscan hillside paintings transport you to a hilltop in Tuscany where you can enjoy tantalizing food, wine and a true Italian experience at the table. Come taste the joy of Italian dining here in Temecula!
Reviewed 21 August 2014

If you're looking for a restaurant with delicious food and true love put into the creation, you've found it at Trattoria Toscana. We visited on our summer vacation and were just blown away learning all the details that aren't immediately known when visiting a restaurant. And thank you Gino and Pietro for answering all my questions!! Chef Pietro not only has shared his family recipes from his home for the public to experience, but his heart is "in the tapestry". Pietro, being a skilled wood worker as well as a chef, created the entire bar, including the tables, cabinets and the frames on the "windows" that look out on painted fields and scenes in Italy (he purchased them there for his restaurant!). And much of the herbs Pietro uses, and many of the vegetables, he grows in his own backyard, lovingly sun drying the tomatoes that he serves in his dishes.

Every dish I tasted was better than the last. I ordered the lasagna because I had read the rave reviews. I loved that it wasn't like any lasagna I've had - more like a thick stew consistency, rather than a cut from a dish. The tiramisu was out of this world. The portions were large - larger than I need, but the left-overs later were devoured (fought over them, actually - ha!).

I've never, at least to my knowledge, been in a restaurant that has so much passion for the experience they are delivering. I have a lot of appreciation for people who are passionate about what they do and do it well. We will definitely be back!

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Pietro C, Owner at Trattoria Toscana, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2014

We are infinitely happy that you enjoyed your experience here at the restaurant! We appreciate the positive feedback, as well as the recognition that our goal is to truly create an authentic and homey atmosphere through passion and knowledgeable customer service.

We cannot wait to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 17 August 2014

A great place for an authentic Italian lunch. The wife and I dropped by to try it out and we had two1/2 panini sandwiches with salad. First off, the reviews are spot on......quality and fresh ingredients with fresh bread. And the sandwiches were huge for half sandwiches. Very good. Can't wait to come back for dinner.
Met the owner and our waiter, Carlos, was very friendly and professional. Great service.

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Pietro C, Owner at Trattoria Toscana, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2014

We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience here at the restaurant! We appreciate the feedback, and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Reviewed 14 August 2014

we visited based on Trip Advisor reviews and were not disappointed - excellent food well prepared with good service - Not a Michelin 5 star restaurant but a solid local one with good food - give it a try

Thank LarryHN
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Pietro C, Owner at Trattoria Toscana, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2014

We are so happy that you enjoyed your experience here at the restaurant! We very much appreciate the positive feedback, and look forward to seeing you soon!

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Reviewed 1 August 2014

Fourth time dining here, excellent as always! Chief Pietro has excelled in bring the flavors and atmosphere of Sardinia to the Temecula Valley. Whatever he can make he has, from the table tops and elegant bar, to the bread, and pasta. For those who have not had the opportunity to savor fresh made pasta it is an experience in itself that cannot be missed! Complete your meal with the Tiramisu and one of the two stouts from Aftershock Brewing Company.

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Pietro C, Owner at Trattoria Toscana, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2014

We are so glad that you have enjoyed your experience here at the restaurant! We appreciate the feedback and take to heart how our customers feel and are satisfied.

We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Reviewed 31 July 2014 via mobile

I can not say enough Wonderful things about the food and atmosphere at Trattoria Toscana. The quality of the food is amazing! Handmade pasta, sauces and desserts. My favorite is the Carpaccio di Pulpo-Octopus Carpaccio Yum!! The staff is efficient, knowledgeable and super friendly. I've been 3 times now and had a Perfect 10 every time. Trattoria Toscana has the Best Tiramisu I have ever had! The quality of the food is superb!

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Thank Laurel K
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Pietro C, Owner at Trattoria Toscana, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2014

We are so happy that you enjoy your time here at the restaurant! Thank you so much for all of the positive feedback, we truly appreciate your satisfaction and comfort and look forward to seeing you soon!

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