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“Fantastico!”
Review of It's Italia

It's Italia
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Ranked #10 of 97 Restaurants in Half Moon Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Mill Street
Transit: Samtrans bus stop is located one block away from It's Italia, on the corner of Main and Kelly Streets, right in front of our City Hall.
Description: It's Italia opened in 1997 as a San Francisco style trattoria and pizzeria serving gourmet pizzas, house pastas, and creative salads, always with a California Italian flavor, and a wine list of 10-12 varietals. Ten years later, our menu has expanded to include steak and seafood grilled specialties, artful antipasti, and a decadent array of housemade desserts from our pastry chef. Over 120 bottles line up on our wine list from Italy, California, France, Spain, Australia, and New Zealand. As always, we have remained faithful to a local coastal California Italian cuisine, with its cosmopolitan nature, bringing produce and cheeses from local farms, meats and poultry from quality and organic growers, and seafood from a variety of waters. Most importantly, we are a little local community restaurant that serves locals. Lots of locals! Our advertising is mostly word of mouth. Our energy is inviting, positive, and friendly, and when you come in, you are invited to be part of our family.
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Fantastico!”
Reviewed October 9, 2012 via mobile

Staying nearby we ventured onto Main St HMB & deciding on Italian walked to both It's Italia & Pasta Moon to check them out. It's Italia won hands down. It was buzzing & looked great from outside . For a Tues night it was busy (7.30pm) with clearly most tables occupied. ( pasta moon was very quiet & looked more suited to a more refined diner than a couple of Scottish lads on hols looking for a nice meal). We were seated quickly in It's Italia, got complimentary water ( in a rustic bottle which provided us each with 3 glasses of water during iur meal which was great! We also got our drinks order too. The waiting staff were exceptionally friendly, explaining the specials and providing complimentary bread & olive& balsamic dipping oil. Very tasty! We got offered more bread & oil which we accepted willingly! We were also offered more soft drinks too. Our mains, chicken risotto & spaghetti meatballs were delicious , served fine & hot without much of a wait despite how busy the restaurant was. Portions were big and the only disappointment was we had no room for dessert! A fantastic dining experience in a beautiful town. Thanks It's Italia for helping making our holiday so nice :-)

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Williamsburg, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
127 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Delish!”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

My sister and I split a pizza with sausage, artichoke hearts and mushrooms and a small Caesar Salad. It was wonderful and we actually had plenty leftover. The cost was much more reasonable than I thought it would be for a touristy area. Live music some evenings, too.

Visited October 2012
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Ardmore, Oklahoma
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Love the food, but not the prices”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

This place is very quaint. It tries to have a very Tuscan feel, which may seem a bit cheesy, but I think it works very well for the space. The staff and managers are super helpful. The wait for the food is a bit long, but the food is fantastic. I would say it is severely over priced, but it is always packed and it seems everything in HMB is pricey. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone.

  • Visited May 2012
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Pocono Lake, Pennsylvania
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Very Comfortable + Good Wine + Good Food”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

Ate their several times - from lunch to full dinners. California casual but they can upscale your meal as far as you might want to go

Visited July 2012
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Gravesend, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
111 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Food was nice and had value for money”
Reviewed September 17, 2012

Travelling out of season and arriving in town late limited our selection but It's Italia gave a good menu selection and the food was tasty. Whilst not a restaurant I will rave about the service was prompt, the environment was clean and the staff were courteous.

Visited September 2012
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