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“Best Italian in SB”

Via Vai Trattoria Pizzeria
Ranked #131 of 530 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
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37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Best Italian in SB”
Reviewed June 2, 2013 via mobile

Food is authentic, fresh, delicious. Home made soups and sauces, delicious pasta and pizza. Service was good, prics were reasonable for SB (and Montecito). Atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable. Going back ASAP

  • Visited May 2013
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English first
Los Angeles, CA
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78 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“ALWAYS MY FIRST LUNCH IN MONTECITO”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

I'm a regular visitor to Montecito (from L.A.) and I love eating lunch here on Fridays. Open late for lunch, they serve fantastic pizza, delicious classic Italian pasta entrees and authentic Italian desserts and coffees. Nice wines are available by the glass, you can sit outside and view the surrounding mountains and expect great service. Located in an unassuming strip mall in the upper village of Montecito, Via Vai is always a great choice for lunch or dinner if you like warm atmosphere, attentive service and solid, reliable Italian fare with a traditionalist's twist. Definitely try this place when in Montecito.

Visited February 2013
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Santa Barbara, California
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Second best pizza in California.”
Reviewed February 1, 2013

The specials are always wonderful and the service is just perfect for a hometown haunt. No one beats their spinach salad! A must if you visit Montecito.

Visited January 2013
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Santa Barbara, CA
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Extremely poor service / Very baby unfriendly”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

I used to love this place and ate here quite often. At one time it was my favorite restaurant. Unfortunately, I can't say that anymore.
The last few times we came here, the waiters were extremely rude. I don't know if there has been a management change, but they were never like this. A couple times, we were lucky to get any attention at all. We kept returning and giving the the restaurant more chances, but after the last experience, we never will again.

The last time, we came in the afternoon and sat on the patio with our newborn infant. After being ignored for a while, we finally ordered. Being a little chilly out, we flagged someone down and nicely asked if they could turn on the heat lamp for the baby. He said "We don't turn on the heat lamps during the day" and left.
This is insane. We should have left right then. For this we will never go back.

The only reason it gets two stars, is because, unfortunately, I do like the pizza.

  • Visited January 2012
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Santa Barbara, California
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64 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“consistent, always fun”
Reviewed December 19, 2012

Via Vai is a fabulously consistent northern italian restaurant. Simple good food either outside or inside where it is cosy in winter. All of our family love it we have been going there for seventeen years. It hasn't changed and for us thats a good thing!

Visited December 2012
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