Chef, restaurateur, and author Gaetano Cicciotti likes to cook his classic northern and southern Italian family recipes at this Cicciotti’s Trattoria Italiana just a step from the Cardiff beach.
There is plenty of seating at the windows looking out over the Pacific, and also a spacious bar area. Lunch is a good time to visit if you like it less crowded. Choose the spaghetti and homemade meatballs or the in-house ravioli stuffed with fresh ricotta cheese and spinach, sautéed in a fresh tomato sauce and served with house salad or soup. Friday and Saturday are busy with live entertainment and a fun Italian wait staff. You’ll have no problem finding a great label from the wine list while you wait for the stuffed pizza with mozzarella, gorgonzola cheese, and walnuts—there’s nothing like it! Additional location is at 595 Grand Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92008.
Cicciotti’s Trattoria Italiana & Seafood, 1933 San Elijo Ave., Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA, 92007; (760) 634-2335; cicciottis.com; Italian; $$$.