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“Fair fare in this casual Italian restaurant”
Review of Italian Cravings

Italian Cravings
Ranked #61 of 217 Restaurants in San Clemente
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Delivery, Reservations
Atlanta, Georgia
Level 6 Contributor
149 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Fair fare in this casual Italian restaurant”
Reviewed October 27, 2011

If you are looking for decent food that is relatively inexpensive - especially for San Clemente, served in a casual setting, this smallish Italian restaurant just off the main street of Del Mar is an option. Street parking is available, but on the weekends, you'll have to look a while. Limited outdoor seating is available on a small patio.
A recent Saturday night visit found the place about 1/3 full, with one large party of dads and kids and several other tables occupied with couples. Service was prompt with water and menus arriving quickly. The menu is full of traditional Italian dishes, and pizza is also available. There is a small selection of beer and wine, along with soft drinks.
Complimentary bread is served with a good marinara, served warm, for dipping.
Dinner comes with soup or salad. I started with the minestrone, rather non-descript. My partner had a house salad, which was fine, He had Fettuccini Alfredo for his entree. Sauce was plentiful, although a tad runny, and lacking in big flavor, as if made with the wrong ratio of mile to cheese. My choice was Chicken Bow Tie, which also featured artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomato, kalamata olives, mushrooms & red onion, which was ok, but could have been better. Pasta was undercooked and the sauce hadn’t had a chance to really come together.
On a previous visit we shared a pizza, and it was tasty. Crust was thin and sauce was tangy. Toppings were fresh and abundant.
Service throughout the meal was attentive. Water glasses were kept full and more bread was brought upon request.
We skipped dessert. Dinner and tip for two was under $40.00.
Italian Cravings also delivers.

  • Visited October 2011
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Las Vegas, NV
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Good Choice!”
Reviewed September 10, 2011

Upon researching restaurants in San Clemente, Ca. on "tripadvisor" before we went this was my first choice and I am glad we went. If we were driving by I probably would not have stopped as it is not much to look at from the outside but it must be a well-kept secret as the food we had was YUMMY! I had the "Cravings Mama Mia" (Penne pasta with chicken, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes with creamy marinara sauce), & came with soup or salad. Hubby had "Capellini Ala Checca" (Angel hair pasta with fresh tomato, basil, garlic &olive oil but added chicken) AND friend had Fettuccini Alfredo...all came with soup or salad. The portions were so large we had enough for lunch the next day. We all shared Tiramisu which was to die for as they say! They also have lunch specials & do catering!
Service was very good! Definitely check it out if you are in the area......(105 S. Ola Vista)

  • Visited September 2011
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Thank pepi4health
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Carnoustie
Level 5 Contributor
80 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“great food - big portions !”
Reviewed August 16, 2011

Wandered up the busy avenue del mar and saw people waiting for tables at most restaurants . We spotted Italian Cravings just up a side street - half empty ?? as we were starving we stopped off . What a great place , food and service were both excellent , I particularly liked my scallop and king prawn risotto though couldn’t move after scoffing it all .
Trying to decide what to have the next night , we decided a pizza , Italian salad , a bottle of red and watch the sun go down over the ocean , so stopped here for a second time , well worth it - loads of topping on our pizza and plenty of salad too

  • Visited July 2011
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Thank Gary_El
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Castle Rock, Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
158 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Worth Craving”
Reviewed July 16, 2011

This little palce is tucked away about a block off Del Mar (the main drag to the beach) is a find. Excellent Italian cuisine and very reasonable. The Calimari was cruncy and spicy and the scampi and chicken rottitelli was scrumptious. The prices are modes for such good food and the servers are friendly and make you feel special. Go fo it !

  • Visited July 2011
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Thank LACASAZ
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Indianapolis
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Decent, but not great”
Reviewed April 25, 2011

Someone must have used dirty mop water before I arrived, because the dining room smelled very bad. Iced tea was weak like water and the salad was wilted, with foul dressing. But....the lasagna was very good and the staff was nice.

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