Breakfast, brunch and dinner near the water in Montecito..
Packed with dog-walking locals, young families and couples, this sunny Italian restaurant is a popular daytime choice along the main drag in Montecito. Several crisp white tables right out front provide for relaxed al fresco dining (they're the first to go on the weekend), while the main dining room stays cool and bright. At night, two rows of hanging globe lights dim and the back bar comes to life, serving glasses of Italian wine from a vast 100+ bottle collection. Authentic and unpretentious, if slightly undersized, portions leisurely make their way out of the kitchen for dinner. Family recipes provide a subtle spin on classic Italian favorites like the pollo al forno (roasted half chicken in a rosemary, garlic and Portobello mushroom sauce) and spaghetti alle polpette (spaghetti and home-made meatballs), while bolder options are also offered, including penne melchiori (penne garnished in a wild boar meat ragu). A wide variety of signature, thin-crust pizze is also popular.