Bencotto Italian Kitchen

Italian Restaurant
750 W Fir St (at Kettner Blvd), San Diego, CA 92101, United States
Closed until 11:30 AM tomorrow (Show more)
  • Tue–Thu, Sun
    • 11:30 AM–9:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 11:30 AM–10:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Dinner
Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

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    Dougie F.
    "Try the Squid Ink Pasta, Shrimp, Pink Pancetta Sauce"(4 Tips)
    lori z.
    "Delish gnocchi, coming from an Italian girl with high standards!"(9 Tips)
    N L.
    "A must try dish tagliatelle al nero di seppia from the special menu."(5 Tips)
    Leila P.
    "shrimp squid ink pasta and pannacotta"(3 Tips)
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77 tips. Filter by taste:

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  • pasta
  • gnocchi
  • good for dates
  • ravioli
  • pink pancetta sauce
  • tagliatelle
  • romantic
  • Italian food
  • cocktails
  • trendy
  • fettuccine
  • authentic
  • lively
  • saffron risotto
  • risotto balls
  • tiramisu
  • rustic
  • great value
  • good service
  • lamb
  • Keith K.

    Great homemade bread. Try the gnocchi, you'll love it. I got the gnocchi stuffed with Gorgonzola with pink pancetta sauce.

    Keith Kaplan · 4 days ago
  • Luke W.

    Get the lamb ragu with homemade pasta. Fantastically rustic yet delicately executed dish. Desserts are meh.

    Luke Wang · 2 weeks ago
  • Tyler B.

    Amazing arrabbiata and ravioli

  • Matthew D.

    Pumpkin ravioli with bacon bits on top. So good.

    Matthew Duff · April 17
  • Freddy F.

    Tagliatelle al Nero di seppiaHand cut black squid ink fettuccine in a spicy pink shrimp sauce

    Freddy Flu · April 9
  • Alëx C.

    Burrata muy buena

    Alëx Cæstneda · January 2
  • George M.

    Gnocchi is fabulous here.

    George Machuca · December 25, 2014
  • Muddy

    Great Italian restaurant! Voted best italian restaurant in San Diego in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2913, and 2014!

    Muddy · October 6, 2014
  • Rachel K.

    Love the fresh homemade pasta which you can combine with many sauces like pesto, al formaggi or bencotto.

    Rachel K · October 6, 2014
  • SanDiegoStreetStyle

    Pasta made in house daily. Get the Insalata Bencotta to start

    SanDiegoStreetStyle · September 2, 2014
  • Denisse P.

    Gnocchi with the bencotto sauce was fantastic-o

    Denisse Prado Liendo · September 1, 2014
  • Ethan T.

    Try the pasta with lamb sauce.

    Ethan Turkeltaub · August 15, 2014
  • Stephen S.

    I found the meatballs to be heavy on filler, light on meat, and some were cold inside. Add chicken or shrimp to your pasta instead.

    Stephen Schimpf · August 7, 2014
  • TOM C.

    The BEST of Little Italy!

    TOM CERVELLO · March 17, 2014
  • N L.

    A must try dish tagliatelle al nero di seppia from the special menu. It's a squid ink pasta w/shrimp.

    N Lam · March 16, 2014
  • Eater

    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]

    Eater · March 5, 2014
  • Jen R.

    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.

    Jen R. · November 23, 2013
  • Xavier G.

    Great place! Food, drinks, and service were outstanding. Dan C was a great waiter and very attentive. We loved his dinner recommendations! Will come again.

    Xavier G · October 19, 2013
  • Deema M.

    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!

    Deema M · September 28, 2013
  • Caro

    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.

    Caro · September 19, 2013
  • Omar P.

    Try the Guanciale Di Manzo Alla'birra (Braised Beef)

    Omar Perez · September 18, 2013
  • Rheba S.

    I suggest ordering from the build your own pasta menu. Mmm

    Rheba Savoie · September 2, 2013
  • Lhing M.

    Simple but nice

    Lhing Mai · August 11, 2013
  • Phil C.

    Try the Sangiovese / Syrah blend. It's like sex in a bottle.

    Phil Clowes · July 29, 2013
  • Vourlez V.

    When California meets Italia: jackpot

    Vourlez Vergier · June 18, 2013
  • Lennette N.

    Doesn't matter where you sit when the food is this great- pink pancetta sauce on anything rocks and the bolognese is he best.

    Lennette Natucci · April 14, 2013
  • Katie K.

    Loooved the ravioli with salmon sauce. Do it! Eat it! Now!

    Katie Kearsey · April 7, 2013
  • Jessica L.

    The food and service were excellent!! Our waitress was really knowledgeable and suggested some great entrees!

    Jessica Lin · April 2, 2013
  • Vincenzo B.

    Salumi misti - burrata - ravioli butter & sage - tiramisu ...I can't seem to get away from this FIXED menu!!!!

    Vincenzo Belpiede · March 23, 2013
  • Ali D.

    They have gluten free pasta for $13, but adding veggies will cost ya - a whole $6! Add chicken for $5.

    Ali Dugaw · March 13, 2013
  • Jeffrey L.

    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!

    Jeffrey Lambkin · February 19, 2013
  • Ali C.

    Pumpkin ravioli is amazing!

    Ali Conwell · January 23, 2013
  • Carter G.

    Handmade pastas and quality Italy-sourced products, plus a sleek, contemporary setting, help distinguish this Little Italy eatery from the rest of the neighborhood.

    Carter Gibson · January 17, 2013
  • Leila P.

    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!

    Leila Party Girl👑 · January 10, 2013
  • Laura S.

    The pumpkin and artichoke/spinach raviolis are both to die for!

    Laura S · December 19, 2012
  • Dougie F.

    Try the Braised Lamb Shank

    Dougie Fresh · November 21, 2012
  • Manuel F.

    Really Italian food! Cucina veramente italiana con alcuni piatti tradizionali lombardi.

    Manuel Feliciani · August 14, 2012
  • Dougie F.

    Try the Squid Ink Pasta, Shrimp, Pink Pancetta Sauce

    Dougie Fresh · August 2, 2012
  • Dougie F.

    Try the Fried Saffron Risotto Balls With Bolognes

    Dougie Fresh · August 2, 2012
  • DJ Justin R.

    Amazing. Best in Little Italy

    DJ Justin Ryan · July 22, 2012
  • Melissa M.

    Squid Ink Fettucine is to die for. Lamb pasta is amazing too.

  • Dougie F.

    Try the Gnocchi - Pink pancetta sauce.

    Dougie Fresh · July 11, 2012
  • Dougie F.

    Try the Squid Ink Tagliatelle - This was as good as the hype. Perfect al Dente. Great flavor. The shrimp burst with a bite.

    Dougie Fresh · July 11, 2012
  • Marcus Y.

    This place is amazing and great price$!

    Marcus Yuncker · June 25, 2012
  • Janet R.

    Great find! Food was amazing, service on point, and loved that valet was right around the corner. Will be coming back for sure

    Janet Rouse · June 24, 2012

    Try the Gnocchi With Calamari - Well done and very summery... Loved it

    PNRIESLINGFAN · June 17, 2012
  • G J.

    Try the Tagliatelle Bencotto

    G J · June 17, 2012
  • G J.

    Try the Tagliatelle Arrabiatta

    G J · June 17, 2012
  • G J.

    Try the Cheese and Fruit Plate

    G J · June 17, 2012
  • TJ

    Try the Pomegranate Cosmopolitan - Fresh puree, lime , agave and vodka. Delish!

    TJ · May 7, 2012

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