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Best Italian Restaurants in La Jolla

Italian Dining in La Jolla

If a great Italian meal in a cozy atmosphere is what you're after, you won't have to walk far in La Jolla to find just the right hideaway. Within just a few blocks there are several smaller Italian bistros ready to welcome you with full-flavored menus and friendly service.

One of our favorite Italian restaurants in La Jolla, Bistro Pazzo on Ivanhoe Avenue, is open daily for lunch and dinner. For lunch, you can select from tasty appetizers such as bruschetta, clams or calamari as well as a variety of "zuppe e insalate" (soup and salad) dishes including minestrone or lobster bisque and caesar or spinach salad. Bistro Pazzo also offers several panninis and burgers, including the popular turkey burger. For either lunch or dinner, enjoy a wide variety of pasta dishes and entrees, including fettuccini alfredo, ravioli aurora, spaghetti and additions of chicken, salmon, eggplant, or grilled Italian sausage. Bistro Pazzo also offers daily specials and large catering and banquet menus.

Cafe Milano on Pearl Street is a popular Italian Restaurant in La Jolla that specializes in Northern Italian cuisine. Chef Pasquale Cianni makes his own breads, pastas and desserts daily. For lunch, choose from several paninis, pasta dishes (from capellini premavera to eggplant parmigiana) and several light entrees such as tortellini Milano (prosciutto and peas in a cream sauce) and vitello parmigiana (breaded veal with marinara and mozzarella). Very reasonable dinner specials include soup or salad, entree and dessert. Enjoy the Tableside Flambe dessert with fresh bananas, mangos or strawberries, and a delicious variety of gelatos, sorbets, cakes, such as ricotta cheesecake, tiramisu and bitter chocolate mousse. Cafe Milano also offers a children's menu and catering and banquet services.

Another cozy Italian bistro is La Taverna, tucked away on Silverado Street. Open for lunch and dinner, La Taverna is known for its fresh, simple food and reasonable prices. In addition to traditional Italian pastas and soups, the restaurant also serves a wide variety of fish, chicken, steak and homemade sausage dishes. Dinners include large salads and the popular foccacia bread. Other popular dishes include the gnocchi with vodka sauce and the banana cake for dessert. La Taverna offers some of the best Italian food in La Jolla. Be sure to check out their lunch and dinner specials, takeout menus and catering services for special events.

Not sure if you're in the mood for Italian? Use our La Jolla directory and see if something else catches your eye! With so many options, there's something to meet everyone's tastes.


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