We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Great Italian cuisine ”

Lago di Como Ristorante & Pizzeria
Ranked #30 of 380 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

We were looking for a good Italian restaurant within a relatively short distance from Watsonville. Found this restaurant by viewing TripAdvisor.

The restaurant was busy and all the tables were occupied. (a good sign) Everyone around us was enjoying their dinner. However, we found that it was difficult to have a conversation. We should have sat on the patio. It seemed quieter.

But to make up for the noise, service was great. Food was delicious. Everyone enjoyed what they ordered - the risotto, the veal in lemon sauce, Lago do Como pizza and the seafood spaghetti. The soufflé and tiramisu was delizioso.

Thank PrincessDumpling
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (111)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year

89 - 93 of 111 reviews

Reviewed August 15, 2014

We found this out of the way restaurant on Trip Advisor and decided to try it since we could not get into Lillian’s. Try it! It is in a quieter neighborhood behind the harbor on E. Cliff Drive, with plenty of parking. We guess because it is off the beaten path, there was hardly anybody there. They start you off with bread and an oil/vinegar dipping mix. For an appetizer, we started with the fried calamari, which also had some fried zucchini and carrot, and was served with a spicy marinara sauce. The zucchini in particular was a very nice addition! The fish lover had the catch of the day (snapper), which was grilled and topped with tomato, onions, garlic, and basil sauce. It came with roasted potatoes and a Tuscan salad mix. The other of us had veal scaloppini in a lemon sauce, which also came with roasted potatoes and the vegetable of the day (broccoli and carrots). Both entrees were very good, and were plenty filling, but Cameron, our nice waitress, talked us into waiting for a fresh-made chocolate soufflé with strawberries. It wasn’t huge, but it was also very reasonably priced at only $5. It came hot out of the oven with an oozy hot chocolate center – so good! We had a nice Sauvignon Blanc, and the total was just over $100 before tip.

This was a pleasant neighborhood restaurant with good food, although we would not compare it to a cozy Italian restaurant experience on Lake Como since it was lacking a bit in atmosphere. Cameron told us they would soon have a new pizza oven fired up, and it looks like they have now done so. You should pop in and try them – you will enjoy your meal.

Thank divegirlelaine
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

Had pasta here and caprese salad. They were quite good. We were surprised that there was no pesto sauce in caprese though. The waiter explained that there should be no pesto according to their Italian employee... Again - a surprise for us!
We enjoyed home-made desserts - tiramisu and cannoli with some coffee.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
1  Thank Natalia V
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 2, 2014

Amazing Northern Italian cuisine in a small house on a quiet street in Santa Cruz. It's quite a find!

We ordered the fried calamari appetizer- it was delicious and included strips of fried carrots and zucchini. An interesting and delicious touch. The only thing it lacked was a lemon.
Then, we tried the Cannonau wine upon the suggestion of our real Milanese waiter. He didn't let us down, it was superb.

My husband ordered lasagna, my son the saffron salmon ravioli, and I couldn't resist the gnocchi ai 4 formaggi. Each dish was just the way it would be prepared in Italy. Fantastico!
The portions were appropriate, not exaggerated like in a chain italian restaurant, but not tiny like a "gourmet" place either. The ravioli dish had about 8-10 pieces of ravioli, the lasagna was about 4x4 inches. The gnocchi, about 1.5 cups cooked. All items were fresh and handmade in the restaurant. I mean, you can tell when pasta is made in house.
We ordered affogato with vanilla gelato- just like in Italy!!

The service was impeccable. Marco treated us very well and he was nice enough to let me practice my Italian with him.

My recommendations are: make a reservation and ask for a table inside if it's late in the day. Their patio seating faces West and there is no shade. Seating is limited and if they have a few groups, you might be waiting a while. Otherwise, if you're in Santa Cruz and you like italian food, make sure to stop here.

There is no scenic view.

Torniamo a presto!!

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
1  Thank cromocat
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed July 22, 2014

We were taken here by our daughter and her partner who live locally - and went back twice! Ten meals in total between us, in four days. The stand-outs were the Linguine al' Nero di Seppie - an artisan dish - and a sea bass bruschetta, but also those mentioned in reviews below. On our last visit, a Saturday, we just turned up. The staff were as accommodating as possible (the place was packed) and we had a table in the sun outside - a bit hot, but OK. The antipasti came - but so did the sudden mountain mists, and the temperature dropped to the 50's. We were freezing, especially my wife who'd been ill. The staff moved tables around inside to get us in there...and while we were waiting (and shivering) a fellow diner came over, placed her large cashmere shawl around my wife's shoulders and said: "just leave this with the staff, I'll pick it up later. This is such a great restaurant, I wouldn't want you to miss eating here". For us, that said more about the place than anything else.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
1  Thank Tony R
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Lago di Como Ristorante & Pizzeria also viewed


Been to Lago di Como Ristorante & Pizzeria? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing