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Trattoria Fantastica

#303 of 3,693 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Downtown
Italian, Pasta
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1735 India St, San Diego, CA 92101-2517 (Date)
619-234-1735
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7:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dessert, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Many restaurants in Little Italy have become destinations, among them the...
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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  • 113
    Excellent
  • 72
    Very good
  • 26
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good pizza's

Very good local style Italian restaurant in the heart of Little Italy. Menu range is good without being over the top. Food quality was very good and service efficient without being too quick.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
michael186311
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
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Olympia, WA
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Had a lovely evening at this restaurant and I highly recommend you put this on your list. Service was excellent. Our waiter, Sal, was helpful, friendly, and had excellent recommendations. The food was outstanding. Our first course pasta with wild boar ragout was simply delicious. Each second course was equally wonderful, sausage with pepper and onions, and braised short rib.... More 

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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144 reviews 144 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Very good local style Italian restaurant in the heart of Little Italy. Menu range is good without being over the top. Food quality was very good and service efficient without being too quick.

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Laguna Beach, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I ate at the Trattoria several times. Each time I has separate entrees or appetizers. Every thing brought me back to wonderful vacations in Italy. Thanks for the memories.

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Irvine, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Don't pay with credit cards. On Saturday (05/02/2015) I was with my family to take dinner at Trattoria Fantastica restaurant, in San Diego. Our order was was $77.xx, but they charged my credit card with $87.00 after I tipped with cash. That I call STILLING.

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Madisonville, Louisiana
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92 reviews 92 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

The veal dishes are some of the best I have ever had. The meat balls were perfect with excellent red gravy. The staff is friendly, helpful and it is obvious they enjoy what they are doing and working together.

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New York
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32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

We were seated at the patio and the waiter showed us the specials. The Italian wines looked good, so we tried a bottle on the specials list. Yum! My colleague got the black ink pasta special and it was truly memorable. Mu duck confit pasta was tasty, but not as good as the special.

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Winter Haven, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Visiting Little Italy in San Diego for the first time. Friends shared one of their favorite spots and it was great! Calimari to die for and Cesear sald was awesome. Pizza was excellent and rigatoni pasta - YUM! Loved the bread. next door they have a dessert counter that you CAN NOT pass up! Very friendly wait staff and very... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Very friendly place with nice fresh food, not too fussy or precious. We'd happily go back again. Nice selection of Italian wines. Truly Italian. Beautiful photos on the walls.

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Buffalo, NY
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We had a nice dinner on the patio after walking around Little Italy. The food was fresh and plentiful. Server was nice and friendly. I had the butternut squash ravioli and it was fantastic! !!

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Exmouth, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Friendly, helpful staff and great food at an affordable price. Located in the heart of Little Italy it has a real authentic feel with many Italian staff.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1735 India St, San Diego, CA 92101-2517
    (Date)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 619-234-1735

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 35
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pasta

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children

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.
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?