"When I decided to open Ristorante Illando, I had a vision in my head...my cozy house back in Firenze, Italy; my family dining table filled with the food I grew up with. Now I can surround you with the warmth of my Italian home and an authentic Italian meal here at Illando. Benvenuti e buon appetito a tutti!!"
Located just above Little Italy San Diego's popular pizza shop, Landini's Pizzeria.
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I truly believe this is one of Little Italy's best kept secrets. We absolutely loved our dining experience. Our waitress Sara was charming and made great conversation with us and is very knowledgeable of the items on the menu. We love the banter that was going on between the waitresses and the waiters as they all spoke Italian and were in great spirits. We really felt like we were in Italy! The food was extremely authentic very tasty and very high quality.The restaurant itself is above the pizzeria and has a very intimate feeling to it. We genuinely felt like we were in someone's Italian home having dinner.
Had a great night here. Our first time at this restaurant. My friends all enjoyed their food as did I. It was easy to get a reservation at the time we wanted via Open Table. They only had two selections for a glass of white wine, but the one I chose was perfect, luckily. We had to wait down on in the sidewalk for our table to be ready. The restaurant is up some stairs above a pizza place. It had a cozy home atmosphere. We will go back.
Super nice people and great food! Will go back for Happy Hour.
I recommend the restaurant. My wife and I attended for my birthday and the food/service was very good. My only issue was the location of our table at the top of the stairs so it was cold, noisy and everyone entering the restaurant walked past our table.
Amazing food and amazing staff!!
Authentic Italian restaurant among pretenders in San Diego’s Little Italy! Check it out...
Great Food, Great Wine, Great Service and Great Location. If you are in SanDiego and want outstanding Italian food this is the place to go. The staff is really personable, and our waiter Eddie was fantastic. I will be back 🇺🇸👍
My girlfriend and I come here often. In my opinion this restaurant is the best for authentic and fresh Italian food in San Diego, it’s one of San Diego’s best kept secrets, ignore the tourist recommendations you’ll get online for filippi’s or whatever else and try this place. When my girlfriend and I are missing italy and want food that tastes like a home cooked meal with restaurant presentation we come here and no where else. We are usually served by Sara and another gentleman but I can’t think of his name, however the service is always friendly and feels like home.
Good food, great service, ambiance could be better
This was my first time to the restaurant. The food was outstanding. Service was great and the atmosphere was fun. Pasta is home made. I had the seafood with pasta and brussel sprouts and my friend's had the raviolli and spaghetti. Terrific.
I didn’t realize you had to walk up stairs to get to the restaurant. Not convenient for anyone with handicap but doable.
The pasta was very good and the bruschetta was fresh but underwhelming. Our service was excellent as well as the ambiance. We loved the small, intimate setting but the restaurant was hard to find as it is above another one and not clearly marked. We were late for our reservation because we wandered around trying to find it. Difficult parking but that is the nature of Little Italy.
Small quaint place. Older as the lights were dimming in and out throughout our meal. There was a bit of time between when our water came, then the oil and vinegar and a bit more time for the bread. We decided to order everything at once just in case.
Excellent value. Food was good, sprouts were excellent!
My husband and I had such a lovely experience at Ristorante Illando for my 30th birthday. Our server was so sweet and helpful, and the food was amazing. The overall brought us back to our favorite trip to Italy.
I almost decided not to eat here because of some of the bad reviews. My friend convinced me that it would be okay so we went for it. IT WAS FANTASTIC! The food, the waiter, the ambience, the wine....every single thing was amazing. The next night, we went to a place also in Little Italy that had the same review and we were so disappointed. We kept telling ourselves to forget how good everything was at Ristorante Illando and just try to appreciate this new place but we couldn't. Ristorante Illando was a hard act to follow. And BTW I have never written a review before...i just felt like I wanted to tell others who might be concerned about some of the bad reviews...don't be!
Our fav italian restaurant in Lil' Italy!
Food was excellent! But, some of Dining staff, including a receptionist had not enough paying attention to their business.
Great food and wine selection.
We had a great experience at Ristorante Illando. The food was amazing, the service was superb, and I can’t wait to go back next time we’re in SD. The chicken parmagiana was incredible as was the lobster ravioli. The pizza downstairs was incredible as well. This place is a must recommend!
The food was excellent! And so was our server! She was so pleasant and fast.
Muy rico! Buen sevicio
Server was not kind
Service felt very rushed like the couldn't wait for us to leave.
Second visit to Illando and pleased again. The pasta was cooked perfectly al dente and the Caesar Salad is fantastic. The atmosphere is warm and cozy as the 2nd floor of an old house. A perfect spot for a cold winter evening, even in San Diego. We'll be back for sure! Cheers!
Excellent food and great service. I truly enjoyed my dinner that night.
Fantastic good and great service!
Food was fantastic. Service was a little slow but where isn’t in San Diego - they move at a different pace.
The best. See Eddie
Food was great and service was very attentive. The chairs are a little less then comfortable, especially for my dad who is 6'6". But overall a good experience and world go back!
Great as always!
Wonderful authentic Italian cuisine. Attentive, knowledgeable wait persons. Fabulous ambience. Very accommodating for our large party of 14.
Had dinner to celebrate an engagement! The food was delicious, the wine was great, and the staff was attentive, kind, and helpful! I’ll be recommending Ristorante Illando to friends and family!
Service is very good and provide recommendations when asked. Caesar salad had too much dressing but the pasta didn’t disappoint. Love the decor and ambience.
Natasha is THEE BEST SERVER !! Always a friendly welcome and such an amazing smile !
The food and service were very good. We had to be seated upstairs and back on their patio because inside dining was full at the time we wanted for our reservation. It wasn’t much to look at but getting to chat with our neighbors from Scotland was a pleasant experience. The servers and waitstaff were excellent. The food was good. They do Brussels sprouts with pancetta that I could’ve eaten as my main course.
Our fav restaurant in Little Italy! Hands down! We are regulars here and love coming back.
Outstsnding foid, friendly attentive staff. Weds night wine 1/2 price
We really enjoyed the dining experience and food and the service. Our server was wonderful. If anything, the patio was a bit too casual, with boxes stacked up around.
We felt special from the moment we walked in. We read the good reviews on the food and they lived to tell the tale. Loved this cute, clean, modern, and romantic Italian restaurant!
I was in San Diego for Labor Day weekend and wanted to try a new Italian restaurant in Little Italy. I decided upon Ristorante Illando. I called and was hoping for Saturday for reservations, but they couldn't get me in until 10pm. I decided to wait until Sunday, and make reservations earlier. I went in Sunday at 8:15 (which they called and said I could come earlier, but we kept it at 8:15). The hostess (I didn't get her name) was super nice and friendly) seated us immediately. Upon going upstairs to the restaurant, I could see why making early reservations is a must. It's not as big as I expected, but I like smaller places. Our server was Natalia. She was excellent. Very attentive. Our food.....unbelievable. The meatballs are probably one of the best I've ever had. The chicken Parmesan was exquisite. Normally, I end up having to ask for a take home box, but not this time. The bread and dipping oil was great, too. The wine selection was perfect. I highly recommend going here if you're in San Diego. If I could give 10 stars, I would. I will be back.