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It's Italia

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401 Main St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1749 (Mill Street)
+1 650-726-4444
11:30 - 21:30
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Half Moon Bay
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Favorite spot for dinner in Half Moon Bay. Casually elegant! Food never disappoints. Their bread with oil and vinegar is delicious. Their pasta dishes are usually big enough to share. I wish they would split it for you in the kitchen, even if they charge a few dollars for the split.. Plenty of beer and wine to choose from, so... More 

San Ramon, California
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108 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

I went with a friend for lunch while taking a drive along the coast. I am often disappointed in restaurants that are in main tourist areas as they are pricey and many not so good. No so with It's Italia. We had bread to start and I could have made a meal of that alone it was so good. Then... More 

Thank Voyageur5510
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

Super stylish, great ambiance and delicious food. We went for lunch, a party of 4. One had Maverick's Pizza (ham and pineapple - big enough for 3), carbonara (super garlicky), seafood risotto (more seafood than rice) and the chef's special that day, a deconstructed meatball sandwich with polenta. Enjoyed every bite and every minute. There is a lovely enclosed patio... More 

Thank Peg H
San Francisco, California
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35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

This place is often busy but if you make a reservation in advance, you should be fine. Food is very tasty with a decent wine list - you can bring wine as well. Service is very good. Would recommend this for Italian food in Half Moon Bay.

Thank MAC_LA1
Sacramento, California
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49 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Dined here upon a recommendation of our local friends and were not disappointed. Nice atmosphere, great service and excellent food. We all enjoyed our entrees and felt there were more than enough choices. All four were prepared perfectly, plated very nicely, and more than ample portions. We had Calamari steak, pizza, seafood risotto, and chicken picatta. No one was unhappy... More 

Thank jerry w
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75 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

This place specializes in pizza, but it also offers brunch until 3PM on the weekends, and of course appetizer and sandwiches. A group of us came in around 2:30PM on a Saturday to try their pizza. We tried Hatch Wood (my favorite, with roasted portobello, pancetta, garlic and asiago), Tunitas Creek (BBQ chicken, tasted fine, nothing special), Smoked Salmon (a... More 

Thank Maggie L
Port Orchard, Washington
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104 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

I've been here several times for lunch. This trip I tried the Butternut Squash Soup as a starter and it was velvety smooth and rich. Had the Oven Roasted Beet Salad with Chicken as my main course. Each of the components, beets, hazelnuts, apricot preserves and goat cheese were excellent on their own, but they didn't play that well together.... More 

Thank Brian W
Omaha, Nebraska
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62 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Well, not sure how to start this review. Maybe a little background. If you are not FROM around here, I think you will be pretty happy you came in. I make this distinction because if you live here I am sure you know a lot of little 4 table places that are great, but I've never found them. Having visited... More 

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Redwood City, California
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

We've been going to It's Italia for years and always really enjoyed the food, decor and service. The chicken dishes are especially good as are the appetizers. Last night, however, I was really disappointed to find a 20% service charge on our bill for 6 people. We didn't have a bottle of wine, we didn't spill anything nor did we... More 

Thank Kathy K
Dewsbury, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

i visited after over hearing a conversation about this from a local so i thought id give it a try,well i liked the food wasnt disapointed at all and had a good evening it was well busy though i have to say the service wasnt at all that great and there wasnt much effort with the customer service,though i would... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 20 - USD 40
Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 401 Main St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1749
    (Mill Street)
  • Public Transportation: Samtrans bus stop is located one block away from It's Italia, on the corner of Main and Kelly Streets, right in front of our City Hall.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Half Moon Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 650-726-4444
It's Italia opened in 1997 as a San Francisco style trattoria and pizzeria serving gourmet pizzas, house pastas, and creative salads, always with a California Italian flavor, and a wine list of 10-12 varietals.
Ten years later, our menu has expanded to include steak and seafood grilled specialties, artful antipasti, and a decadent array of housemade desserts from our pastry chef. Over 120 bottles line up on our wine list from Italy, California, France, Spain, Australia, and New Zealand.
As always, we have remained faithful to a local coastal California Italian cuisine, with its cosmopolitan nature, bringing produce and cheeses from local farms, meats and poultry from quality and organic growers, and seafood from a variety of waters.
Most importantly, we are a little local community restaurant that serves locals. Lots of locals! Our advertising is mostly word of mouth. Our energy is inviting, positive, and friendly, and when you come in, you are invited to be part of our family.

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