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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Piatti

516 San Ysidro Rd. (East Valley Rd.) Send to Phone
805-969-7520
Hearty Italian fare in a relaxed trattoria featuring a creekside patio.

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Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sun.
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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Piatti Restaurant Review

: Montecito adopted this relaxed Italian trattoria long ago in spite of its chain-restaurant status. When the wealthy don't want to dress up---which is most of the time---they cruise over here. Gathered around large round tables on the patio next to the creek, they relax over glasses of red wine and platters of hearty Italian fare. Cannelloni, spinach lasagna and manicotti are favorites, along with braised lamb stew and oven-baked swordfish and halibut. After a meal, dessert cocktails and a nice selection of ports aren’t all that await you. We suggest the cioccolata: a warm bittersweet chocolate cake served with vanilla gelato. The bar is a magnet for chatty characters, and a welcoming fireplace glows in the main dining room on frosty days.



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