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“Big quantities of pasta that do not add up”

Bencotto Italian Kitchen
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Ranked #50 of 5,244 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: India Street/Kettner Blvd.
Reviewed 18 November 2017

We were expecting fine Italian food, based on the recommendations of this restaurant as one of the best in SD's Little Italy, but were disappointed with food that was just ordinary. The restaurant is pretty, the service is excellent, and it has a nice buzz, even if it is a bit noisy, but the pasta is made by someone with a heavy hand, and the servings are huge. A gnocchi dish is big enough for a family of four and is a turnoff. Quantity doesn't make up for quality. Sauces are traditional American Italian fare.

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Thank sola123
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Reviewed 16 November 2017

We got got a great recommendation for this restaurant from the bartender in our hotel (Sheraton Marina Hotel). My favorite Italian dish is hand-made ravioli and their crab ravioli with crab bisque sauce on the "Specials Menu" was great. My friends loved their osso bucco and special penne dishes. Panna cotta desert and homemade lemocello topped off the dinner well. There is a full bar and good wine list also. I'll be back!

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Thank Sandra F
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Reviewed 9 November 2017

My husband and I arrived there at dinner time (6:00 pm) with no reservation, and the host friendly suggested that we seat on the patio (where they have tables available), the weather was a little cold but they have patio heaters so it was fine. The service was great it was quick and friendly, the bread was warm and they serve you olive oil with balsamic on the site for the bread, theres not a lot of restaurants where you can get great gnocchi, but they have a lot of different types of gnocchi so my husband and I where thrilled, we order the Gnocchi Neri, and the Gnocchi Verdi with bencotto sauce, and they were amazing!

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Thank Felisa R
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Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

Looking to book next GIRLS TRIP ASAP!!

Olive cheese meat tray was best app on menus.

We ordered some red and white wine for the table. White was not what group was expecting.

Lasagna home made thin noodles w pork Hamburger sausage & red sauce-2 die for!!!

Pumpkin rav with cream sauce

**** cannoli for sweet tooth is a MUST!!!

Thank erink535
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Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

Little Italy is fantastic, but this is a casual yet incredible spot to dine in, out, or at the bar. Lots of great dishes, but the pastas are truly exceptional. So many choices when you combine your own choice of pasta, sauce, and/or meat.

Thank NooYawka4
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