Santa Barbara's Fine Italian Dining
A Santa Barbara favorite for decades, Ca' Dario's Ristorante serves authentic, gourmet Italian cuisine alongside an extensive wine list, all in a cozy, convivial atmosphere.
Goleta's Gourmet Italian Fare
Catering to residents of Goleta and Isla Vista, Ca' Dario's Cucina Italiana offers a menu of inspired favorites from our other restaurants with a unique flair. With a spacious outdoor dining area and an extensive list of fine wines, we are a local favorite for authentic, gourmet Italian food.
Meet Dario Furlati, Executive Chef & Owner
Furlati was born in Italy and had the opportunity to have had loving parents and grandparents. Growing up, he had time off from school during the summers and having the opportunity to spend time in the kitchen with his grandmothers (one was living in Lake Como, the other close to Venice by the mountain side), he started to have an understanding and a passion for food. By watching and helping with food tasks, Furlati developed a love for it and learned very quickly. He learned all the aspects of cooking, like making pasta, potato gnocchi, sauces, braising and roasting meat, fish, poultry, cutting, shaping, and more. And all that learning was going on in an Italian family kitchen, the fun of cooking and the screaming if something went wrong. As an adult, it took plenty of training in many kitchens to get to where he is today.
After working in Prego, Beverly Hills and Chianti Cucina on Melrose, Furlati helped open Prego in Irvine, Ca'Brea, Farfalla in Aspen and L.A. Furlati finally ended up in beautiful Santa Barbara where he was executive chef at Pane e Vino in Montecito and later became a partner at Trattoria Via Vai, Bucatini, Ca'Dario Ristorante, Enoteca Primo and Tre Lune in Montecito. Furlati has retained Ca'Dario as his own and is able to enjoy working with his other "family" where they bring enjoyment and good food to their customers.