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Bencotto Italian Kitchen

Italian Restaurant$$$$
Little Italy, San Diego
  • Dougie F.
    "Try the Squid Ink Pasta, Shrimp, Pink Pancetta Sauce"(4 Tips)
    Nikki H.
    "The gnocchi with the salsa ai formaggi is awesome"(11 Tips)
    Luke W.
    "Get the lamb ragu with homemade pasta."(4 Tips)
    Leila P.
    "shrimp squid ink pasta and pannacotta"(3 Tips)
93 Tips and reviews
  • pasta
  • gnocchi
  • good for dates
  • ravioli
  • trendy
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  • Vicki
    VickiDecember 26, 2016
    Don't come here if you're expecting a traditional Italian restaurant. Food is good but modern Italian dishes.
  • León R.
    León RuizNovember 5, 2016
    Outstanding fine dinning for pasta lovers. #pasta #italian
  • Danny J.
    Danny JuarezNovember 3, 2016
    Great service with exellent food and drinks. Awesome for a date and hanging out
  • An K.
    An KhalidSeptember 22, 2016
    food was delicious 💜💜😍.
  • Bonnie G.
    Bonnie GeorgiAugust 27, 2016
    The food was amazing!!! Everything was fresh and delicious. The homemade pappardelle with bolognese sauce was to die for.
  • Landon R.
    Landon RobertsJuly 22, 2016
    Very good!
  • Brian B.
    Brian BimschlegerJune 6, 2016
    Gnocchi with pesto!
  • Robyn C.
    Robyn CronkhiteMay 2, 2016
    Ossobuco was a special the evening we were there and was delicious. Loved the homemade ravioli and sauces. Nice date spot!
  • Mary Kate C.
    Mary Kate CarrollApril 29, 2016
    Food is excellent!
  • Emily J.
    Emily JimenezMarch 25, 2016
    The panacotta is absolutely delicious!
  • Luck W.
    Luck WazzaMarch 2, 2016
    Overrated. Servers suck. We don't mind spending $$$ on food [it's expensive for what you get] but blah food and rubbish service for overpriced pasta? No thank you. We will not be back.
  • Roger M.
    Roger MaFebruary 19, 2016
    If it's packed out just grab a seat next door at their sister restaurant (Monello), the grub is just as good!
  • Hamad A.
    Hamad AlHosaniJanuary 21, 2016
    Real italian taste
  • barry t.
    barry tarvinNovember 12, 2015
    Listen to the server. Ours suggested her favorite and it was great.
  • Brett V.
    Brett VenkerOctober 10, 2015
    Calm down with the beer prices. Charging almost 10 bucks for local beers is insane.
  • Glenda W.
    Glenda WillisSeptember 10, 2015
    Omg the lamb shank was to die for. Visiting from Denver so depending on four square and it delivered an unbelievable winner
  • Miguel L.
    Miguel LopezAugust 17, 2015
    Get the squid ink gnocchi.
  • Keith K.
    Keith KaplanJuly 4, 2015
    Great homemade bread. Try the gnocchi, you'll love it. I got the gnocchi stuffed with Gorgonzola with pink pancetta sauce.
  • Luke W.
    Luke WangJune 22, 2015
    Get the lamb ragu with homemade pasta. Fantastically rustic yet delicately executed dish. Desserts are meh.
  • Tyler B.
    Tyler BastianelliMay 23, 2015
    Amazing arrabbiata and ravioli
  • Matthew D.
    Matthew DuffApril 17, 2015
    Pumpkin ravioli with bacon bits on top. So good.
  • Freddy F.
    Freddy FluApril 9, 2015
    Tagliatelle al Nero di seppiaHand cut black squid ink fettuccine in a spicy pink shrimp sauce
  • George M.
    George MachucaDecember 25, 2014
    Gnocchi is fabulous here.
  • Muddy
    MuddyOctober 6, 2014
    Great Italian restaurant! Voted best italian restaurant in San Diego in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2913, and 2014!
  • Rachel K.
    Rachel KOctober 6, 2014
    Love the fresh homemade pasta which you can combine with many sauces like pesto, al formaggi or bencotto.
  • SanDiegoStreetStyle
    SanDiegoStreetStyleSeptember 2, 2014
    Pasta made in house daily. Get the Insalata Bencotta to start
  • Denisse P.
    Denisse Prado LiendoSeptember 1, 2014
    Gnocchi with the bencotto sauce was fantastic-o
  • Ethan T.
    Ethan TurkeltaubAugust 15, 2014
    Try the pasta with lamb sauce.
  • TOM C.
    TOM CERVELLOMarch 17, 2014
    The BEST of Little Italy!
  • N L.
    N LamMarch 16, 2014
    A must try dish tagliatelle al nero di seppia from the special menu. It's a squid ink pasta w/shrimp.
  • Eater
    EaterMarch 5, 2014
    Handmade pastas and quality Italy-sourced products, plus a sleek, contemporary setting, help distinguish this Little Italy eatery from the rest of the neighborhood. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Jen R.
    Jen R.November 23, 2013
    I was surprised at how bad the customer service was. Pasta was great, but I value service and the experience. We were also super rushed through dinner. They wanted diners in and out quickly.
  • Deema M.
    Deema MSeptember 28, 2013
    Great restaurant N Little Italy & probably the best italian restaurant N san diego,Their potato gnocchi with Ai Formagi creamy cheese sauce is extremely good! Penne Arabbiatta is delicious as well!
  • Caro
    CaroSeptember 19, 2013
    Pancetta sauce, say yes. The squid ink dishes are good. I would skip the salads. It's more like modern Italian, a twist on some traditional dishes.
  • Omar P.
    Omar PerezSeptember 18, 2013
    Try the Guanciale Di Manzo Alla'birra (Braised Beef)
  • Rheba S.
    Rheba SavoieSeptember 2, 2013
    I suggest ordering from the build your own pasta menu. Mmm
  • Lhing M.
    Lhing MaiAugust 11, 2013
    Simple but nice
  • Phil C.
    Phil ClowesJuly 29, 2013
    Try the Sangiovese / Syrah blend. It's like sex in a bottle.
  • Vourlez V.
    Vourlez VergierJune 18, 2013
    When California meets Italia: jackpot
  • Lennette N.
    Lennette NatucciApril 14, 2013
    Doesn't matter where you sit when the food is this great- pink pancetta sauce on anything rocks and the bolognese is he best.
  • Katie K.
    Katie KearseyApril 7, 2013
    Loooved the ravioli with salmon sauce. Do it! Eat it! Now!
  • Jessica L.
    Jessica LinApril 2, 2013
    The food and service were excellent!! Our waitress was really knowledgeable and suggested some great entrees!
  • Vincenzo B.
    Vincenzo BelpiedeMarch 23, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Salumi misti - burrata - ravioli butter & sage - tiramisu ...I can't seem to get away from this FIXED menu!!!!
  • Jeffrey L.
    Jeffrey LambkinFebruary 19, 2013
    Good cocktails, good food, burrata Cheese was a great starter!! They even called me 2 days later asking for feedback. Gotta love that attention to service!
  • Ali C.
    Ali ConwellJanuary 23, 2013
    Pumpkin ravioli is amazing!
  • Carter G.
    Carter GibsonJanuary 17, 2013
    Handmade pastas and quality Italy-sourced products, plus a sleek, contemporary setting, help distinguish this Little Italy eatery from the rest of the neighborhood.
  • Leila P.
    Leila Party Girl👑January 10, 2013
    Everything we had today was amazing! Eggplant parmigiano,homemade ravioli stuffed w goat cheese & porcini mushrooms, shrimp squid ink pasta and pannacotta w blackberry puree everything was fantastic!
  • Laura S.
    Laura SDecember 19, 2012
    The pumpkin and artichoke/spinach raviolis are both to die for!
  • Dougie F.
    Dougie FreshNovember 21, 2012
    Try the Braised Lamb Shank
  • Dougie F.
    Dougie FreshAugust 2, 2012
    Try the Squid Ink Pasta, Shrimp, Pink Pancetta Sauce
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