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Bencotto Italian Kitchen

Italian Restaurant$$$$
Little Italy, San Diego
  • Nikki H.
    "The gnocchi with the salsa ai formaggi is awesome"(12 Tips)
    Dougie F.
    "Try the Squid Ink Pasta, Shrimp, Pink Pancetta Sauce"(4 Tips)
    Leila P.
    "shrimp squid ink pasta and pannacotta"(4 Tips)
    Luke W.
    "Get the lamb ragu with homemade pasta."(4 Tips)
102 Tips and reviews
  • pasta
  • gnocchi
  • good for dates
  • ravioli
  • trendy
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  • Marc S.
    Marc SchneebergerOctober 16, 2017
    Their pastas are great in taste and quality. The gnoccis with black ink are absolutely delicious, I was a but unlucky and mine were a but overcooked but it was extremely busy. Great service also!
  • Gregory H.
    Gregory H.September 16, 2017
    I find most dishes here to be somewhat bland. And the service can be unbelievably slow sometimes.
  • Hessa A.
    Hessa Al ZamelAugust 27, 2017
    Their portions are huge, but food and service were great 👍🏻we've got the melanzane alla parmigiana and penne pasta with bencotto sauce, both were amazing 👍🏻👍🏻
  • Craig V.
    Craig VillamorJuly 20, 2017
    Pricey and mediocre. Atmosphere is a little too much like a chain restaurant. Nothing special.
  • Joseph L.
    Joseph LeMarch 31, 2017
    Can't miss the squid ink pasta!
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dougie F.
    Dougie FreshAugust 2, 2012
    Try the Fried Saffron Risotto Balls With Bolognes
  • DJ Justin R.
    DJ Justin RyanJuly 22, 2012
    Amazing. Best in Little Italy
  • Melissa M.
    Melissa Markovsky MagallanezJuly 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Squid Ink Fettucine is to die for. Lamb pasta is amazing too.
  • Dougie F.
    Dougie FreshJuly 11, 2012
    Try the Gnocchi - Pink pancetta sauce.
  • Dougie F.
    Dougie FreshJuly 11, 2012
    Try the Squid Ink Tagliatelle - This was as good as the hype. Perfect al Dente. Great flavor. The shrimp burst with a bite.
  • Marcus Y.
    Marcus YunckerJune 25, 2012
    This place is amazing and great price$!
  • Janet R.
    Janet RouseJune 24, 2012
    Great find! Food was amazing, service on point, and loved that valet was right around the corner. Will be coming back for sure
  • Michael T
    Michael TJune 17, 2012
    Try the Gnocchi With Calamari - Well done and very summery... Loved it
  • G J.
    G JJune 17, 2012
    Try the Tagliatelle Bencotto
  • G J.
    G JJune 17, 2012
    Try the Tagliatelle Arrabiatta
  • G J.
    G JJune 17, 2012
    Try the Cheese and Fruit Plate
  • TJ
    TJMay 7, 2012
    Try the Pomegranate Cosmopolitan - Fresh puree, lime , agave and vodka. Delish!
  • Patrick C.
    Patrick CavinsMarch 28, 2012
  • Jennifer N.
    Jennifer NewellMarch 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the tortelli di zucca from the specials menu. Sooooo good
  • Susan P.
    Susan PolizzottoOctober 23, 2011
    The gnocco frittos are yummy with the salumi platter
  • Nikki H.
    Nikki HowardOctober 10, 2011
    The gnocchi with the salsa ai formaggi is awesome
  • Dezzie H.
    Dezzie H 🌸September 11, 2011
    Try the Basil Cucumber Gimlet. Such a refreshing drink!
  • Janessa
    JanessaSeptember 5, 2011
    The host is the first interaction a guest encounters when dining at a restaurant. Why is it that these people, that set the first impression, are 9 times out of 10, idiots?
  • David R.
    David RootSeptember 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Enjoying this great restaurant with the 2 Kimberlys!!!!!!
  • Olivia M.
    Olivia MelikianAugust 16, 2011
    Get the pasta! It's amazing.
  • Gary w.
    Gary walshJuly 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out the lasagna. It's proper lasagna from home.
  • Nicole V.
    Nicole VegaMay 21, 2011
    Pink Mojito!
  • Kellie N.
    Kellie NailJanuary 20, 2011
    Great place, great food & great cocktails! The owners are amazing & so welcoming.
  • Tim P.
    Tim PJanuary 9, 2011
    Best in San Diego. Actual Italian owner, pasta made daily.
  • lori z.
    lori zitoJanuary 8, 2011
    Delish gnocchi, coming from an Italian girl with high standards!
  • Vish I.
    Vish IshayaNovember 29, 2010
    Incredible food. The bomba is excellent. Try the Tiramisu. They use real mascarpone. It is the best I've had in many years.
  • .. ...November 14, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Been addicted since my first visit their opening night, Guido & Valentina serve fresh Italian
  • DJ Prophecy
    DJ ProphecyOctober 26, 2010
    Best pesto around!
  • TOM C.
    TOM CERVELLOOctober 25, 2010
    This is the Best Restaurant in Little Italy San Diego...and probably the Best Italian Restaurant in San Diego!
  • Brian F.
    Brian FarrisOctober 2, 2010
    Molto bene. Salumi plate was excellent.
  • Ian
    IanAugust 21, 2010
    Good spot for dinner. Make a reservation! The place is always packed. Even at the bar you should reserve a seat. The gnoochi, the pollo pizzaiola, and the mashed potatoes all good!
  • Matthew K.
    Matthew KrugerAugust 16, 2010
    Top of my list in Little Italy and a nice addition to the area in the Q building. Great service, owners and of course food.
  • Fritzi Ann P.
  • ShopLocalSD
    ShopLocalSDMay 22, 2010
    Fried asparagus Read more
  • Brian H.
    Brian HawkinsApril 29, 2010
    Bencotto literally means "Done Well" in Italian and I cannot agree more. Head there soon, dine there often and you'll be sure to "Do Well!" Read more
  • Jennifer J.
    Jennifer JuckettApril 12, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    If they have the lamb shank special order this!! Amazing, the meat falls right off the bone.
  • marzena K.
    marzena KmiecikFebruary 22, 2010
    Awesome prosciutto!!
  • Jennifer J.
    Jennifer JuckettFebruary 19, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Blown away. Love it. Can't find the words. Just get here.
  • Thuany O.
    Thuany OliveiraAugust 20, 2017
    Muito bom! Ambiente moderno e agradável! Atendimento excelente! Comida muito boa!
  • Alhanouf
    AlhanoufAugust 4, 2017
    الكابتشينو عندهم غيير❤️☕️!
  • Alhanouf
    AlhanoufAugust 4, 2017
    للباستا اختياراتي كانت Stracci Verde & penne كل وحده ألذ من الثانيه وطلبت يبدلون لي اللحم بدجاج.
  • Maurício F.
    Maurício FeijóMay 5, 2017
    Excelentes massas e atendimento em ambiente agradável e moderno. Peça a Burrata de entrada.
  • Alo G.
    Alo GonzálezMarch 12, 2017
    El cordero es espectacular, la atención es increíble no olviden una copa de vino
  • An K.
    An KhalidSeptember 22, 2016
    food was delicious 💜💜😍.
  • Pablo Alberto C.
    Pablo Alberto CaminoFebruary 10, 2016
    De entrada unos calamares y luego ravioles de cangrejo
  • bish a.
    bish aerJuly 24, 2015
    …………………… .
  • Alex C.
    Alex CastanedaJanuary 2, 2015
    Burrata muy buena
  • Manuel F.
    Manuel FelicianiAugust 14, 2012
    Really Italian food! Cucina veramente italiana con alcuni piatti tradizionali lombardi.
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