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401 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
6507264444
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Ranked #10 of 82 Restaurants in Half Moon Bay
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $40
Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
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.
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Soquel, California
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We have been to HMB many times but never to It's Italia. What a great restaurant, though a bit warm. How often do they say that in HMB? Anyways, we had salads and split the filet migon. It was excellent. Had one of their yummy cobblers for dessert to end it. If you like orange, try Cleopatra's Tea. Oh so... More 

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Half Moon Bay, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We are locals in HMB and love It's Italia's lunch menu...especially when enjoyed on their outside patio. They have a great selection of seafood, pasta and wood-fired pizzas. If it's a nice day in HMB, make sure to sit on the patio and enjoy their great food and atmosphere!

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Maile d, Manager at It's Italia, responded to this review

Hello, Thanks so much for sharing your fantastic feedback! We’re thrilled you enjoy dining on our patio, and we truly appreciate the tip for our future guests. Please come again soon! More 

Sacramento, California
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We have been lucky enough to grab a seat at the bar for dinner this night. Not our first rodeo. Bartender's make the best waiters. This place proved us right. Each of them helped us with drink and food selections. Very attentive. Great menu, reasonably priced, nice wine selection. The food was outstanding! Can't help but go here every visit... More 

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Maile d, Owner at It's Italia, responded to this review

Hi Jeff, Thanks for your fantastic review! It was a pleasure having you in, and we’ll pass your kind remarks on to our staff. Thanks again, and we look forward to your next visit! More 

Burlington, Indiana
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I had high hopes for this place as it was recommended by local family members. Our server took longer to get to us than she should have for being sat at 8 o'clock on a Saturday night. When she did manage to make her way to our table, she was either rude or lacked any personality. I love pesto, so... More 

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Maile d, Manager at It's Italia, responded to this review

Hi Nicole, We’re sorry to hear your recent visit was anything short of exceptional. The satisfaction of our guests is very important to us, and we view your feedback as an opportunity for improvement. We hope you decide to return in the future. More 

Falmouth, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

While visiting half moon bay, we stopped in town and had a great lunch here. Delicious salad with fresh bread and great prices.

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Maile d, Manager at It's Italia, responded to this review

Hello, We’re very glad to hear you enjoyed your meal while visiting Half Moon Bay. Please stop in and see us next time you’re in town! More 

Piedmont, California
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We had a wonderful time last Saturday night and are going back tonight. Good atmosphere inside and out, good food, good drinks and the service staff was delightful.

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Maile d, Manager at It's Italia, responded to this review

Hello, Thanks for your fantastic review! We’re thrilled you enjoyed your first visit to It’s Italia, and we hope to see you more often! More 

Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

My wife and I visited It's Italia on a Tuesday in July. We walked into the restaurant at 9:00 after a long day driving up Hwy1, and though they were wrapping up service, the hostess offered to sit us at the bar. Minor, the bartender was very friendly, provided outstanding service, provided recommendations on his favorite items on the menu,... More 

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Maile d, Manager at It's Italia, responded to this review

Hello, We’re delighted that you were impressed with your initial visit to It’s Italia. Your thoughtful review is appreciated by all of us, and we’ll be sure to pass your kind remarks on to Minor. Thank you again, and we hope to see you next time you’re in the area! More 

Cave Creek,
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We came by for a late lunch/early dinner on a weekend around 3pm. We sat on the outside patio on a beautiful late afternoon. The food was delicious-we had 2 of the special appetizers of the day which were figs wrapped in bacon with goat cheese as well as the stuffed squash blossoms. Delicious. Pasta's were good but nothing special... More 

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Maile d, Manager at It's Italia, responded to this review

Hello, Though it’s a delight to hear you enjoyed your meal, we apologize for the less than extraordinary service you received during your recent visit. We strive to ensure each guests has a memorable experience when they dine at It’s Italia, and we value your honest feedback. Please come again soon! More 

San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We recently dropped in and had dinner there after hiking at a nearby trail. I love the Adobe style building the restaurant is housed in. The food was excellent including the complimentary bread and dip. We ordered the bacon wrapped figs as appetizer, and that was heavenly. Absolutely don't miss it! They also have an outside seating, which I imagine... More 

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Maile d, Manager at It's Italia, responded to this review

Hello, Thanks for your lovely review and such a nice recommendation! We’re so glad you enjoyed your recent meal with us, and we hope to see you more often! More 

Sun Lakes, Arizona
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 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... More 

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Additional Information about It's Italia

Address: 401 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Phone Number: 6507264444
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Half Moon Bay
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 20 - 40
Cuisine: Italian

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