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Trattoria Fantastica

1735 India St, San Diego, CA 92101-2517 (Downtown)
619-234-1735
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Ranked #215 of 4,058 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $25 - $35
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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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English first
San Diego, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Saturdays in Little Italy are synonymous with the open air farmer's market and an early breakfast at Trattoria Fantastica is a good choice to commence the market journey while dining a la fresco . I made a reservation through Open Table that secured a lovely spot. The coffee rich and flavorful and the Eggs Benedict made with prosciutto were superb.... More

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Long Island, NY
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Great selection of Italian dishes. My wife had risotto and I had eggplant parmigiana. Traditional cooking. Leave room for wide selection of Italian pastries for dessert. Service was excellent and attentive.

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Ottawa, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

At the end of August last year (2013) I had to attend a conference in San Diego and brought my family along. It was our first time in California. We went to Trattoria Fantastica and loved it. We went there several times during our time there and got to know most of the staff. Piero, Vince, and Margaret all served... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We were hungry and decided to stop off for a meal of Italian food. Being Italian myself it's hard to find food as good as my mums. Ohh my the food was delicious. Service was great, atmosphere was great.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We visited this restaurant on Sunday 9th of Aug, from ManchesterUK . There was six in our party and up until we were leaving the experience and food were pretty good. On exiting the restaurant ,our son overheard the waiter that served us (who made out he owned the place) swearing to other staff about the perceived lack of tip... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This is busy place but worth waiting for. The waiters are friendly and there is a good vibe.. the food was good and the wine was cheap because of half price Tuesday. I would visit again.

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Tampa, FL
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54 reviews 54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The five of us came here for a late lunch on a Sunday. First of all, parking was difficult. I wished we were staying in the city and not have to worry about parking at eateries. We have a little one in our party and they made sure he was comfortable and even have him a little gelato to calm... More

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Wigan, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This restaurant was AMAZING! Our waiter Giovann was very attentive and gave great service. The waitress Eleanor also worked very hard to tend to our table too by topping up our glass with water. The complementary bread was delicious and went very well with the bottle of red we ordered. We ordered bruchetta to start which was the best bruchetta... More

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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

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
5 helpful votes 5 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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