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Sorriso Italiano
901 Embarcadero del Mar, Isla Vista
Phone: (805) 324-4367


Reviews by the General Public

Fantastico!, 12/11/2013
Reviewer: Mia from Santa Barbara, CA
The freshest tasting Italian food, and I come from an Italian family. Reminds me of home. Probably the best pasta I have ever had outside Italy. Reasonable prices and very generous portions. A fun place to eat and very well decorated and designed. This place is truly one of the best restaurants opened in Santa Barbara in years. The owners are lovely people and appreciate their customers. I have become a regular customer.


Great Food & Great Owners
Reviewer: Alexandra from Santa Barbara, CA
I have been here two times, the first time I tried the pasta with meat sauce, the 2nd time I was there with a group of 5 people, we ordered salads, pizza and the pasta with pesto sauce & the pasta with alfredo sauce to share. We also tried the dessert pastry filled with nutela. Everybody agreed that everything we tried was amazing!!! I will be back to try more items.


AWESOME FOOD, GOOD QUALITY INGREDIENTS.
Reviewer: Hugo from Santa Barbara, CA
GREAT TASTING FOOD, GOOD QUALITY INGREDIENTS, GOOD SIZE PORTIONS FOR THE PRICE. THE MOST EXPENSIVE ITEM ON THE REGULAR MENU IS ONLY $8.95 FRIENDLY CUSTOMER SERVICE BY THE PEOPLE WORKING THE COUNTER, THE BUSINESS IS OWNED AND OPERATED BY A SUPER NICE ITALIAN COUPLE. THE RESTAURANT IS BIG, CLEAN AND MODERN LOOKING. YOU PLACE YOUR ORDER AT THE COUNTER AND YOUR MEAL IS DELIVERED TO YOUR TABLE. MY FAMILY AND I HAVE VISITED A FEW TIMES. WE HAVE TRIED THE MEAT LASAGNA, EGGPLANT PARM, CAPRESE SALAD, CAESAR SALAD AND THE PIZZA. WE HAVE ALSO ORDERED SOME OF THE DAILY PASTA SPECIALS ON THE CHALKBOARD MENU. EVERYTHING WE HAVE TRIED HAS BEEN GREAT!!!! NICE BEER & WINE SELECTIONS. WELL WORTH THE DRIVE TO ISLA VISTA FOR GOOD QUALITY INEXPENSIVE ITALIAN FOOD.


Great place and very authentic
Reviewer: Mark from Santa Barbara, CA
I have been here a number of times and I appreciate it more and more. I am Italian and it reminds me of home..very tasty and authentic. Glad they are in Santa Barbara.


Nice addition to IV, good quick Italian
Reviewer: Glenn from Buellton
You'll get the food a lot quicker than Giovanni's but the portions are way smaller. Not really a "sit down" nice place with waiter etc but they do have a lot of seating and the place is new and open. Kind of reminds me of Presto Pasta as you just order at the front. Lasanga I had was good. Pizza so so. Its really just for one person(aka one big round slice) and the crust is very soft, thick and dominates. A nice place if craving well made Italian and don't want to wait.


Great and different, European
Reviewer: Biljana from Santa Barbara, CA
We were at the restaurant already few times, and everything that we tried was just delicious. It is like going to the owner's own house and they cook for you. It is a great place for families. You get pretty quickly everything you need (food, drinks, coffee, desert). I agree with a previous user that place is big and very clean, owners are nice, warm people.


Upscale Itialian food in IV hits some great fresh flavors
Reviewer: Hugh from Santa Barbara, CA
I had to try this place just a few blocks from me. The Pizza scene seems saturated and won't be the main attraction here. Their pizzas are small and mostly dough but the sauce and cheese seem far from canned, not expensive either. The doughs here are actually exceptional, I've had a pizze, a 'surprise', and a berry turnover, very very excellent quality there. The chicken Alfredo was pretty good, good portion, fresh pasta, and tender chicken, the sauce was not bad. I also had the eggplant Parmesan, a little mushy it's not breaded but very high quality ingredients. The place is very clean and spacious. Handwritten menu on the wall and a large glass case full of hot yummy items greets you. Order is made at the counter and you can see into the large and immaculate kitchen. They are definitely a cut above in quality, have a lot of good wine and beers. Endless soda refills and lots of seating. I hope they do well.


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