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Petrini's - Goleta
5711 Calle Real, Goleta
Phone: (805) 964-1200

Reviews by the General Public

Good food and great service.
Reviewer: Claire from Santa Barbara, CA
I go here for lunch about once a month. I highly recommend the meat cannelloni.

One of our favorites!
Reviewer: Becca O from Santa Barbara, CA
My dad and I went to Petrini's tonight to take advantage of the Axxess B1G1 free entree deal. He ordered a pastrami sandwich and I ordered the chicken rosemary ravioli in alfredo sauce. We both loved our dinners but also had enough to take home for another meal. My dinner came with garlic bread and a salad which were also both really good!

Wasted our money on Nov 6th
Reviewer: Travis from Goleta, CA
We rarely eat out, to save money, but decided not to cook last night. Picked up chicken parm & ravioli to-go, and it was virtually unedible. I'm not sure how to describe it, but I guess I would liken the chicken to tasting like it was microwaved, and the sauce simply wasn't good. Not sure what was wrong with the ravioli, but it just wasn't right Spent almost $40, and threw away 80% of it. If we were eating in the restaurant, we would have returned it and been better off with a frozen dinner from Vons. Disappointing, but this was our last attempt.

I'd go back!
Reviewer: Tina from Santa Barbara, CA
I have eaten here three times and so far not much to complain about. The first time me and my husband had sub sandwiches and my only complaint was that there was not a lot of meat on the sandwiches, but they were still good. The second time I got an antipasto salad to go and it was great. And today I went for lunch (using my new Axxess card 2 for 1 deal) and got chicken piccatta with alfredo for my lunch and an order of chicken alfredo to go for my husband. My lunch was very tasty. It was hot, portion size was good for lunch, and the service was excellent. I will definitely go back when I get the urge for Italian.

Underwhelming Chicken Parm
Reviewer: Lil from Santa Barbara, CA
I stopped at Petrini's in Goleta for take-out this Tuesday evening. The man at the counter was polite, friendly and efficient. I ordered the Chicken Parmesan dinner with pesto pasta on the side. When I arrived home and tasted my entree I was very disappointed. The marinara sauce covering my chicken was so sour that I could not eat more than two bites. My pesto noodles were decent but I wished the sauce was more flavorful and had more garlic. In my opinion, $16.00 is far too high a price for an underwhelming chicken parmesan. The portions however were beyond generous and I do appreciate the new gelato bar. I believe this restaurant has the potential to prepare good food if they would only season their sauces with better care and perhaps make them from scratch rather than using canned tomatoes/ marinara etc.

Great Food, Great new Comedy Show!
Reviewer: Andrey from Santa Barbara, CA
I heard the food struggled its first year, whatever they are doing now - they fixed it! Pizza was great, and that is saying alot coming from a New Yorker. Their new comedy show is great too!

Great experience
Reviewer: Fred from Santa Barbara, CA
Had a great meal here at Goleta. food was very good and the service was attentive. The place is defantly a local, family run restaurant and I believe they have been around for 50plus years. I would very much recommend this place for a great meal. The chicken picatta is delicious and the thin crust pizzas are very unique.

Graduation Dinner Bust
Reviewer: S. from Santa Barbara, CA
Took our family there for the 1st time. And will never go back. Let's start with the fact that the table was covered in crumbs and I had to ask for a rag to clean it. Garlic bread is absolutely tasteless. Greasy and tasteless pasta that must come from a can. If that's Italian food then no thank you. Portions are huge but I would rather have tasty well done food. Waitress is very quirky and not very attentive once you order your food.

Not bad, but it could be so much better
Reviewer: Scott Schwartz from Santa Barbara, CA
Petrini's has recently returned to Goleta, now occupying the old Luigi's Pizza parlor. It seems to be much larger restaurant than their Santa Barbara store. I'm pretty sure the menus are the same, if not exact. To put it nicely, without (much) judgement; I consider myself and my family fans of Petrini's. The downtown store has a waitress who's a kick, the food, while average, isn't bad and the atmosphere is right out of 1958 somewhere in Baltimore. The Goleta store only hits 1 of the the 3 above charms, and that's the food. Which on it's own really isn't enough reason to go. Our visit last night was proof of that. Our pizza was so greasy the cheese slid off the crust. The crust, not burned, but was much too crispy for my taste. We also ordered a family antipasto salad. The salad was rusty, the toppings too few and far between. I should mention the gelato bar, that was a nice touch and we did enjoy our cones after our dinner. Overall I think I will stick to the downtown location.

A lot better!
Reviewer: Glenn from Buellton
Went here for a group dinner and its a lot better! They have a neat room in the back now that shows photos of Italy on a giant screen, you feel like you are in Italy. The wait was still a little long for the food but it was very good! The pizza and pasta were great! The servers were really nice and professional. Worth a 2nd try at this place, I think they may have found their groove now.

Wanted some Italian food. Wasnt so good.
Reviewer: David from Goleta, CA
when we walked in the resturant it had a good amount of customers. Thats a good sign. Sat down ordered a beer went with Telegraph California Ale it was a good choice. I ordered the baked meat ravioli with chesse and my girl friend got the spagetti. the salads not so good,. the pasta is horrible I felt like they openend a can of chef boyardee and threw it in the oven. All in all was not pleased with the food. the service was good polite and friendly. Will not be going back for pasta.

Rather Luigis was still there
Reviewer: B from Santa Barbara, CA
Have given this place 2 tries and it has failed each time. First time we did chicken parm, garlic bread and baked ravioli. Garlic bread had a neon yellow butter (spray?) and was not crisp. Raviolis looked from frozen and there was hardly any sauce just large chunks of tomato and huge chunks of onion. Chicken parm was over cooked and again the bread was not toasted. Then we tried the pizza... No sauce yet again and the pizza and crust just tasted horrible. Add more actual sauce, toast the bread, use real butter and garlic and I can't even guess what to do to the taste of the cheese and the crust then maybe it'll be ok. Good thing though is the service was pretty good. Huge disappointment will not be going back without some major changes.

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