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Antica Trattoria

5654 Lake Murray Blvd, La Mesa, CA 91942-1929
619-463-9919
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Ranked #2 of 186 restaurants in La Mesa
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Romance
Dining options: Reservations
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

This is a real gem in La Mesa tucked into a small shopping center. We had the pleasure of finding this restaurant when it had just been open a month. Chef/owner Franco has built this into a great restaurant that serves some of the best Italian food in all of San Diego at great prices. This is not spaghetti and... More

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La Mesa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

My husband and I have enjoyed this restaurant quite a few times for birthdays, anniversaries, special achievement recognition. We heard about it through Groupon and have continued to snatch up the discount coupons whenever they're available. The waiters are very attentive and immediately provide water and bread to dip in the seasoned olive oil. The food offerings are very authentic... More

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Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

It was Mother's Day. We had driven to the San Diego area from Hollywood, and we planned on dinner with a friend. He chose the restaurant, and the joint was jumpin' (metaphorically speaking, as it has a lovely decor - it's no "joint") and the decibels were rising by the minute. But the service was excellent, and the wine list... More

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014 via mobile

My name is Krystal Bruun I would love to work we're I enjoy eating ! I plan on returning with all my best friends and family ! Andrew was really welcoming that's when I ask for a job. I would love to be part of the great atmosphere he had going in his restaurant. Your restaurant has never failed my... More

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La Mesa, California
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

If you're looking for a good Italian restaurant-look no further. Great "real" Italian menu, with a nice wine selection and service beyond compare. Been there several times, and have never been disappointed.

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La Mesa, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Top notch Italian restaurant in East County with excellent service. The fact it is always busy is a testament to this excellent dining establishment

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Plainview, NY
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92 reviews 92 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Based on other reviews I expected it to be very good. I found it to be excellent. From the moment we entered the restaurant the decor was outstanding. Service was exceptional and our waitress was very knowledgeable about the entrees. At one point during our meal my wife dropped her knife on the floor. Within 10 second the busboy appeared... More

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La Mesa, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

I must say that the food at this restaurant is amazing! My favorites are: fried calamari with garlic sauce; even though the sauce could be a little creamier at times, it is very tasty, the short ribs are delicious and so is the Tiramisu! :)

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El Cajon, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

My wife and I went to a small restaurant in La Mesa called "Antica Trattoria", because we heard so much about it from friends. It is tucked away in the La Mesa Town and Country Shopping center, in La Mesa CA. It is small, but very nicely decorated with wooden wine boxes on the walls. It has a great full... More

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La Mesa, California, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

One of the best kept secrets in San Diego County. This La Mesa gem is truly authentic Italian cuisine at it's finest. Small and intimate, make reservations or prepare to wait in line.

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