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Presto Pasta - De la Vina
2830 De La Vina St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 845-6937


Reviews by the General Public

Pleasantly surprised
Reviewer: Len from Santa Barbara, CA
Wasn't expecting much from a 'fast food. Italian restaurant, but have eaten here twice and I must say the food is very good. The Caesar salad was tossed nicely with flavorful dressing. The angel hair pasta with marinara sauce was done correctly. I was expecting it to be overcooked and it wasn't. And the staff is very friendly. Nice surprise overall.


Well that was a waste of time...
Reviewer: Morgan C. from Santa Barbara, CA
Maybe I just came in on a bad night, but the rest of these reviews have got to be fake. Don't be fooled by what appears to be a modern, comfortable atmosphere--upon closer inspection, the people on the walls don't even seem to want to be there. The boy who took our orders at the front was less than knowledgeable about the food, and said I couldn't substitute alfredo sauce for Cajun alfredo. Considering that the difference is a few spices and that I was willing to pay extra, it was pretty annoying. He was also not very courteous. They tried really hard to have an upscale atmosphere, but it shouldn't look like you're trying--especially when you can't even keep silverware on the tables. I began with the soup, which was lukewarm by the time it got to my table. It was nothing special, practically minestrone from a can. As for the pasta, I've never had to salt a dish so much in my life. Olive Garden could do better than this, and I'm tempted to start supporting big franchise restaurants in Santa Barbara if this is the Italian we have to offer. Petrini's is right up the street--you'll spend less and get much more.


Fabulous Pizza from their new European oven
Reviewer: Steve from Santa Barbara, CA
Pizza is our passion and hobby...traveling to Europe a lot over the years and experiencing a lot. Quite frankly, the Margarete Pizza was amazingly authentic. The right slight burn on the crust...the deep flavor of the dough...delicate puffing on the edge..high quality cheese(please keep it the same)..we were floored. Don't know how this guy got it so right. If you love pizza, just $6.99 to try it... They also had tasty European Red wine for only $5.50 -we are hooked big time. What could be improved? Toast your meal bread on BOTH sides...and have the option to leave off the over garlicked stuff on top!! Please! Perhaps a little more chicken in the Chicken Picatta...but it was tasty.


up scale look
Reviewer: Miike F. from Santa Barbara, CA
The place looks great. Good food, good value, nice staff and I will go back


Price is right, food is decent, atmosphere is good
Reviewer: Brendan from Santa Barbara, CA
This new Presto Pasta is on my walking route to and from work, so I decided to stop by for dinner one day on my way home. I got the spaghetti and meatball combo. Note that that's meatball, singular --- you only get one. It also comes with garlic bread and soup. The garlic bread was pretty unimpressive, basically just a slice of ordinary bread with a thin vaguely garlicky substance on top. The spaghetti came with a meat sauce and was pretty good. Nothing to write home about taste-wise, but did the job. The meatball was tasty, but it's not that big and you only get one. The soup was the surprise bonus: a minestrone that had a nice spicy flavor and a good mix of vegetables and stuff in it. All things considered the meal was average in taste, but the amount of food was pretty substantial, and it came it at less than $10 including a drink. It filled me up to the brim. That's a pretty good deal. The most interesting thing about the place is the atmosphere. It's clearly a casual, order-at-the-counter-type eatery, but the decor and ambiance is a bit above what you'd expect from such a place. They have nice red booths, a couple secluded booths with curtains to close them off, and a really long, high table made from a single piece of beautiful rough-cut wood.


Food Ok, Service Good, Fun Ambience
Reviewer: Glenn from Buellton
It looks like one of those TV designers did this place. Its fun, it even has booths with curtains for privacy(one couple was in one and the other one had little kids who were loving the privacy to goof off). They took the same food as the other places(so so stuff) and gave it a flair on nice menu behind the cashier on the wall. Presto Pasta is great in that you can mix and match to suit your taste for pasta. The quality is not great but its fun to make your own dish w/o pissing off the kitchen. People nice there. Go for the fun ambience!


Welcome addition to De La Vina
Reviewer: Ty from Santa Barbara, CA
Awesome Decor and great prices. He really did a nice job building this restaurant. These two new businesses (with Destined for Grace Antique Shop next door) have really made an effort to step up the otherwise dilapidated Ralph's shopping center. I love the lunch special for around $6 with a drink. You can't beat it for a fast delicious meal.


Chicken Piccata is great now!
Reviewer: Chuck from Santa Barbara, CA
I have been back to Presto Pasta twice to re-test the Chicken Piccata, and both times the item was much improved (well, ok, there wasn't all that much difference between that and perfect to begin with). My first quibble might have been teething problems for a new restaurant, but these last two times the lemon sauce was just right, and the chicken was tender and breaded nicely. (I haven't tried the Carbonara a second time, but it was excellent the first time.) Presto Pasta is a great addition for its neighborhood......


Great Pasta Value!
Reviewer: Chuck from Santa Barbara, CA
Delicious Pasta. I, too, have always enjoyed the pasta dishes at the original location on Montecito, and am delighted that Presto Pasta is now much closer to where I live. I had the Chicken Picatta, and while this dish is still best at Chase Restaurant on State, Presto's version is no slouch. (The first time I always have CP, but Presto's Carbonara is always great...) Atmosphere is definitely a step up....


Love it
Reviewer: Amanda from Santa Barbara, CA
Went here for dinner the other night. I have always been a Presto Pasta fan, even since I lived in Goleta and went to the Calle Real one about ten years ago. I LOVE the design on the inside, much nicer than I expected it to be actually. Really well done. The young staff at the front was really nice and helpful, and I actually appreciate the fact that the cashier asked to see my ID when using my credit card. It seems these days most places don't do that anymore. The pasta was delicious as always, and I am happy they have opened this location considering I live a block away :)


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