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Trattoria Fantastica

1735 India St, San Diego, CA 92101-2517 (Downtown)
619-234-1735
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Ranked #216 of 4,044 restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $35
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Date
Description: Many restaurants in Little Italy have become destinations, among them the Busalacchi family's Trattoria Fantastica.The rustic decor features a relaxed country-style feel throughout the restaurant, including the delightful patio. The wonderfully welcoming atmosphere celebrates yet another delicious Sicilian food lineup, including wood-fired pizzas and all that you would expect from an authentic Italian menu. The terrific entrees show the Sicilian influence, and fill the restaurant with great aromas.Wood-fired pizzas are popular beginnings in this authentic Italian country setting. Enjoy a taste of Italy with an assortment of fabulous pasta dishes. Patio dining is available.
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We were pleased to be able to eat real spaghetti bolognese and pizzas. Some say the service is slow but it is really what as European we liked about the restaurant, being able to enjoy the moment and the food without being stressed out by waiters always in the rush. Plus the coffee is a real coffee (expresso), a thing... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My wife and I went here for dinner after a great day at the San Diego Safari Park. Located in San Diego's Little Italy, it was very busy. However, we were quickly seated, and received outstanding service from out waiter. I ordered the night's special, Lamb Osso Bucco, which was the best rendition of this dish, by far, that I... More

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Bakersfield, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Had dinner on a Saturday evening with my wife and daughter. While the restaurant was busy, we were seated quickly. The server proved helpful in answering some questions. Each of us ordered something different - we all left pleased with our meal. Will return.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Wonderful meal after a day at the beach. Everything was delicious and the service was excellent! The spinach salad and ravioli where my favorite. Will definitely go back.

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Westminster, Colorado
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58 reviews 58 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I visit San Diego several times a year and always make it a point to have a meal at Trattoria Fantastica when I visit. My son and I stopped here for an early dinner and had the Mista salad, the Cappelini, and Bolognese. The food was delicious and an exceptional value, particularly compared with some of the other restaurants in... More

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CALIFORNIA
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9 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Food was great, a bit expensive side and service was a bit slow - entire dinner they could not turn off the fan - we went there for fathers day and was afraid my toddler was going to be too loud for others, so we asked for table at the corner, they couldn't accommodate us, but it worked out as... More

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Boulder, Colorado
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I had previously gone to this restaurant when we visited San Diego 2 years ago. Love Little Italy there so we decided to try it again. The service was excellent, the wine we picked (with the help of the waiter) was also excellent. I always pick a pasta dish and that was very good, but the young lady who was... More

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milwaukee, WI
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Authentic, casual yet quality....these are the words that describe our meals here. Warm friendly service and delicious fresh food. Can't wait to return!

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New Zeland
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53 reviews 53 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Had a great meal here. Again struck half price wine night so made the most of that along with our great food. Accordian player was the music of the moment followed by a couple of Italian guests singing and another couple entertaining us all with Tango Dancing. We had a ball at this place which was pumping with guests though... More

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64 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014 via mobile

This was overall a good choice for brunch. French toast was good and the omelette nicely done. Server was a little distracted even though the restaurant was practically empty.

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