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Aldo's Italian Restaurant Restaurant Review: The setting is lovely, both cool and historic: a Spanish-style former residence on Santa Barbara’s State Street dates back to 1857. Today, live music and a gurgling fountain add to the atmosphere. On a good night, a nice bottle of wine paired with moderate expectations may render an enjoyable dining experience. However, the food typically doesn’t measure up to the space. Your best options are familiar pasta dishes like fettuccine Alfredo or carbonara, or a flatbread pizza with crispy pancetta. More interesting entrées --- osso buco, seared scallops, filet mignon and the like --- are available but unexceptional. Located in the heart of downtown, the restaurant caters largely to tourists drawn to familiar flavors and an attractive courtyard. Service tends to be casual, belying the outward appearance of a fine neighborhood eatery.