I love this place. The first restaurant I think of when I want simple but excellent food, great smells and the chatter of a small room filled with happy people. The staff are friendly and make one feel very welcome. They don do reservations and it can get crowded but if you call before you leave they will usually ensure you can get seated if they are not filled.
There is a large early - bird crowd so be conscious of that. Also, they close earlier than I would like. That is a chronic problem with Santa Barbara places but one notices it here more as it feels so European in every other way.
If you crave comfort food, order the bucatini. It is exceptional. They also have wonderful home made gelato. Prices are reasonable too.
I rate this as I do because it is so authentically what it strives to be. This is not the place to go for a romantic dinner where you intend to propose. There are other places for that! Friends, family, casual.....perfect.