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“One of My Favorite Places for Lunch!”

Ristorante Italiano
Ranked #109 of 374 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Price range: $10 - $23
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout
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Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout
Reviewed March 21, 2014

When the weather is nice Ristorante Italiano has a lovely deck with umbrellas. When the weather isn't so nice, there's the room I think of as a garden room. Lots of glass, warm, cozy feel to it.

The lunch menu is just right - soups, salads, sandwiches, pasta, and fish. My favorite salad is the Insalata Noci. It has grapes, lettuce, blue cheese, apples, glazed walnuts and a raspberry vinaigrette. Delicious. This week I had the Gazpacho soup. It was fabulous.

The service is always spot on, the specials are a deal and I am almost a "regular"!

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Thank Morningsatthebeach
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Reviewed March 4, 2014

Ristorante Italiano is authentic, delightful, and best minestrone and manicotti to be enjoyed! Wonderful whether a romantic dinner or 12 of your favorite friends. Excellent Service and delicious food. Very consistent! Many thanks!

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Reviewed January 25, 2014

We've eaten here many times and have always found the food to be very tasty and the service to be very good. The pasta and seafood dishes are very good, the calamari appetizer is always good. The wine selection is small but adequate. Sit in the main dining area, not the bar area for a more enjoyable experience. The restaurant is located in what was once a hospital in Santa Cruz that has been turned into a building for different businesses. Parking is not a problem. This is a restaurant we continue to go back to.

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Thank Shaymur
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Reviewed December 10, 2013

We hadn't been to Ristorante since the new owners had taken over and found the transition to be wonderful. It still has the same charm and coziness as before. The food was great and warm on a cold Santa Cruz night. We hope to return again sooner.

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Thank gotkona
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

The food here is delicious. Everything was freshly prepared and cooked perfectly. The best part is that they hand a small separate menu that took some of their most popular dishes and "down-sized" them. Thus, instead of a huge meal that you cannot possibly finish, you can get a smaller portion for less. I recommend the baked Brie and anything with Alfredo sauce. The service was also great. Our server was very attentive and well-trained. They have a beautiful heated patio, as well. It is great for families, couples, and friends.

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Thank Deirdre K
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