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“Great place for dinner”
Review of Trattoria Toscana

Trattoria Toscana
Ranked #2 of 426 Restaurants in Temecula
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood, Wine Bar
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Trattoria Toscana is a quaint, boutique Italian restaurant that creates an authentic Tuscan-Sardinian-Italian cultural experience, rich in the appreciation of high-quality food and wine. Trattoria Toscana caters to those who savor authentic, home-made Italian meals that bring out the flavors of each ingredient. Chef Pietro, born in Sardinia, carefully selects fresh, local ingredients to create daily specials as well as imports from Italy to create high quality, homemade Tuscan and Sardinian meals. Here at Trattoria Toscana, Chef Pietro draws on his Italian and Sardinian roots to bring the community a true Italian experience, transporting his guests to Italy for a delicious, enjoyable meal. He believes that the best flavors come from fresh food, using the highest quality ingredients, prepared daily, just as they do in Italy. Chef Pietro prepares his dishes with care and passion, attending to every detail. He makes the pasta and bread from scratch each day. He rolls housemade tortelloni and ravioli by hand. His gnocchi is made in house with potatoes and imported pecorino cheese, using his mother's recipe. You can find the staples of Italian cuisine, olive oil and tomatoes, in many of his dishes. He chooses to use high quality, extra virgin olive and truffle oils from Italy to ensure that his dishes have the authentic flavors of Italy. He sun dries tomatoes by hand using fresh, organic tomatoes to accentuate the flavors of his dishes, such as our popular Pappardelle con Funghi. Chef Pietro refrains from preparing his dishes far in advance, in order to preserve the tradition of preparing his dishes on the spot. This technique requires time for preparation and provides our guests with a leisurely dining experience, a time to relax and enjoy the company of others, sipping a lovely glass of wine, upholding Italian dining tradition. Cuisine is a passion and a past time in Italy, a time to revel in delightful flavors using just the right ingredients, and investing the time in its preparation every day. The interior décor, inspired by Chef Pietro's Sardinian and Tuscan roots and woodworking background, creates a quaint, authentic Italian dining experience. Pietro's own sculpted functional artwork made from recycled wood, his hand-crafted wine bar tiled with stone, and exquisitely crafted Italian window frames filled with Tuscan hillside paintings transport you to a hilltop in Tuscany where you can enjoy tantalizing food, wine and a true Italian experience at the table. Come taste the joy of Italian dining here in Temecula!
Reviewed May 13, 2014

Was looking for a place for dinner in Temecula and ended up with this place. Nice atmosphere, great food and amazing staff - what else you could ask for. It felt like you'd entered a small cosy family restaurant somewhere in a little town in Toscana. Would definetely come again next time we are near by.

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2  Thank Juozukas
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Reviewed May 9, 2014

After reading about the octupus antipasto we planned to stop there and try it on our next trip south. This happened three weeks ago and my wife and I were very happy that we stopped. We were surprised how well the texture and the spices matched up. As Chef Pietro explained to us later for this Sardinian dish he steam-presses the octupuses together and then marinates thin slices in olive oil. It comes with a lemon wedge and you sprinkle on a few drops to your taste - delicious! One plate was large enough for both of us. I also enjoyed the pappardelle (cooked al dente) with with mushrooms and my wife liked the vegetarian gnocchi alle melanzane.
No doubt we'll be back soon to try some of the other dishes.

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Reviewed May 4, 2014

Just had a wonderful meal in a lovely atmosphere. The sole was perfectly cooked with pasta and clams. Absolutely delicious. The tiramisu was so de-vine. We were served by Latitsia who was gracious and accommodating. We definitely will return.

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Reviewed April 28, 2014 via mobile

After reading all the great reviews I was expecting a new favorite in Temecula. But, I left feeling a bit disappointed. Don't get me wrong, it was good but not great. The mrs. had the lasagna and it was the best of all the dishes we ordered. The bruchetta appetizer was good but didn't leave me dying for more. The restaurant is very nice inside especially for a strip mall. The price was a bit on the high side for what we got. Overall, I probably won't be returning.

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Reviewed April 11, 2014

The food was outstanding and plentiful! We were a little skeptical about a strip mall restaurant, but the reviews on tripadvisor were spot on! Our server, Rudd, was very friendly and made for a great experience. Get the bruschetta appetizer - yummo!!

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Thank Kimberly M
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