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Trattoria Fantastica

1735 India St, San Diego, CA 92101-2517 (Downtown)
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Ranked #277 of 4,125 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $35
Sun - Thu 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
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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La Jolla, CA
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71 reviews 71 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

We always go to the same restaurant in Little Italy and decided it was time to try a new one. What a wonderful surprise! The place was small, but with the perfect ambiance and the waiter was great! We loved our dinners...my husband had the lasagne and couldn't quit telling me how great it was. I had the puttanesca with... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Just so you know outdoor heaters were on last night so it was cozy rather than chilly. I had angel hair pasta with tomato garlic and ricotta for $15. Bruschetta was good. House bread hot and tasty. Service was extremely nice.

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Los Angeles
13 reviews 13 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We were a party of 12 and called for a last minute reservation. They were so kind about it and made us a table on the back patio. It was a chilly evening but the overhead heaters kept us warm. The food was excellent!

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Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Just had dinner with 20 other people. Food and service were fantastic! Thanks to Patrick and our other wonderful servers. The calamari was some of the best I have had in a long time. The butternut squash ravioli and veal piccata were perfect. The desserts - don't know what to say other than the perfect ending. Next time I am... More 

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Charlottesville, VA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We had dinner here one evening. The entrees run from about $15-$25. I had the spaghetti Bolognese, and it was excellent. I hate spaghetti sauce that is runny, but this one was nice and thick, with a good amount of meat in it. They also serve pizza. The restaurant was nicely lit (I hate restaurants that are so dark you... More 

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Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

It's a hit or miss with this restaurant. I came here in 2013 during my last visit and had great food. This time in December 2014, some of our dishes were good and some were not. The pizza crust tasted raw at some areas. My angel hair pasta with simple tomato sauce was quite good. My husband's sandwich was bland... More 

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San Diego, California
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120 reviews 120 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

My date had high expectations. He made NYE reservations and wore a stunning suit and tie. When we arrived, we were ushered--not into the main dining room--but into the tawdry deli cafe connected to the restaurant. The hostess apparently saw no difference between a well-dressed couple and the take-out crowd in baseball caps. The instant we sat on the chairs,... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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223 reviews 223 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Went here for lunch on a Panama Canal cruise stop early in the year. Enjoyed the service, lunch and especially (it was Tuesday 50% off wine bottles). So we made a reservation for a Tuesday dinner on this San Diego visit. Arrived just before the appointed time, table ready. Went to the washroom, no paper towel in the dispenser and... More 

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Los Angeles, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

On my last trip to San Diego, I had brunch here with my friends. My food was really good (egg omelette alla Siciliana, coffee and mimosas!), but my favorite part was definitely the fantastic cannoli I had for dessert. The service was excellent and prices reasonable. I visited three different restaurants in Little Italy and this place was my favorite.

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Adrian, Michigan
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782 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

This restaurant is a terrific little spot to grab some Italian fare. The location on India St. among several nice shops and restaurants is a plus. The service is very good, the ambiance is lovely and the fare is quite nice. We had decided that we wanted to eat Italian and where better to do that in San Diego than... More 

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Additional Information about Trattoria Fantastica

Address: 1735 India St, San Diego, CA 92101-2517
Phone Number: 619-234-1735
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Monday 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 25 - 35
Cuisine: Italian

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