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Wed, 6/19
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$30 - $30
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Italian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Gaslamp
0.8 miles from USS Midway Museum
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Reviewed May 11, 2024 via mobile

Hidden gem in the heart of the gas lamp district! Both of our dishes were absolutely amazing…Tortellini Di Granchio and the Scaloppina Ai Porcini! There was nothing left on our plates! We chose the La Caterina for dessert. It is a Belgium chocolate lava cake...stuffed with melted Nutella and a scoop of vanilla ice cream! It was delicious! If you are a chocolate fan, this is a must have!More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed January 27, 2024 via mobile

One of the best Italian dinners my husband and I have ever had. The service was excellent. The staff made you feel welcome and did a great job making excellent recommendations. The dessert was wonderful. We even thought about going again the next night.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed September 8, 2023 via mobile

Nona is in the kitchen! Homemade pasta, lovely starters and in a Gas Lamp district little restaurant. Staff was friendly and helpful. Caesar salad and Brushetta starters were delicious. We each had a different entree and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal. We shared a tiramisu...for dessert.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed July 29, 2023 via mobile

The staff were very attentive and knowledgeable. The food was awesome. We had 5 adults for dinner so we had the lobster ravioli, the salmon, pasta bolognese and the gnocchi. Ended with the lava cake and tiramisu- All were delicious!!

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 21, 2023 via mobile

The food was so delicious. The service was on point. We had the chicken Parmesan and the Spaghetti Pomodoro. Both dishes were amazing. We were not able to eat everything and the leftovers were even better.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed June 25, 2023

Food was amazing. Staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Really enjoyed the ravioli with a great bottle of Madalena Chardonnay. Highly recommend it to anyone wishing to have a good dinner with great service at a reasonable price. Federica and Urban provided friendly and quick...service. They were great!More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed April 20, 2023

We stopped here for dinner while in town for a Padres game. We ordered the Maine Lobster Ravioli, Fettucine Alfredo with Chicken, Linguine Alle Vongole Veraci, and another ravioli dish (don't recall the name). Most of the dishes were excellent, though the clam dish was...fairly bland. However, there were only 2 servers for the entire restaurant, so the service significantly declined throughout the meal, with zero table visits after the food was dropped off. We would have ordered dessert but it was never offered to us, so we just paid and left. All in all, the food was mostly great, and on a less busy night, perhaps the experience would be better.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed March 3, 2023

This restaurant came highly recommend by our hotel and it did not disappoint. Service was very efficient and friendly, and the food was excellent. Portions were just right. Value for the dollar was very good.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed February 28, 2023

I took the kids out for dinner and decided to go to Opera Cafe as soon as we walked in we were greeted by the wonderful hosts who was very informational on everything literally the best Italian food place I’ve ever ate at. I let...the waiter choose what I ate because everything looked so amazing. Opera Café will definitely be our go to the Italian restaurantMore

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed January 1, 2023 via mobile

From A to Z, it was just amazing. The staff is really kind and the food just amazing!! I really recommend this place.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed August 11, 2022 via mobile

No way to sugarcoat it....bad food. No tomato taste in bolegnese sauce😟 Gosh I miss the old Busalachhi's on Fifth Ave! Service meh...good bread.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed June 2, 2022

We had an excellent pre-show dinner at the Operacaffe. The Cioppino was superb (excellent sauce), and they created an off-menu item for us (Pollo Picatta), which was tasty. Juan Carlos provided great recommendations and service. This will be our new “go-to” place for early dinners...prior to the theatre.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 23, 2022 via mobile

Amazing food and service. I love this place and Peter was so nice with us. I’ll come back………. Me encanto el lugar y el servicio súper bien

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 2, 2022 via mobile

Found this lovely little restaurant by walking towards little Italy and found it very appealing in food, quality and service. Not enough praise given when are due and certainly this restaurant need to be praised for quality, food and service! Caprese was well presented, plentiful...and enough on the plate. Calamari were superbly cooked and very tasty. Spaghetti with pomodori cooked al dente, tasty and hot. Farfalle and gnocchi were even better with heat, taste and look. Well done to the lady from Toscany which is a gem of an individual, friendly, attentive and well mannered.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 11, 2022 via mobile

Stumbled upon this restaurant when looking to eat. Our expectations were that we’d at least get fed so no real out of reality experiences. Took a bit of time to get waited on but once we did…it was clock work. From appetizers to our meal,...to refilling our water…the service was awesome. Food wise…I have to commend this place..the flavor was awesome! The best thing I liked about this place was the owner was running orders, waiting on tables, checking every facet of the restaurant… He and his help-mate made the restaurant work! If you love an owners touch.. If you love an owner that’s involved in the business Top that with great food This is a place you won’t regretMore

Date of visit: March 2022
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4