Readers Meredith and Annie passed me some good news from the Goodland.  Ca’ Dario Cucina Italiana has opened at 250 Storke Road in Goleta next to The French Press at the Kmart Shopping Center in the former home of Bicycle Bob’s and Sams To Go. General Manager Danny Chisholm gave me a tour of the impressive and spacious new location. “When you walk in, the bar area looks like the pizzeria in the downtown location,” said Chisholm. “In the back you have white table cloths dimly lit with candle lights. It will look a lot like the dining room at the main location. The fun new part is that we have a big open kitchen where we can watch the chefs make dinner magic while we’re eating.” The new Ca’ Dario also has a private conference/dining room with 8-10 chairs where you can hook up a computer to a large TV set. They have plans for a large 40-seat patio on the mountain side of the property that is currently a work in progress. The bar near the entrance has its own appetizer menu and also serves the full menu. “We’ve got an awesome appetizer dish frittura mista, said Chisholm. “We don’t have a deep fryer downtown so this is our first opportunity in a long time to have a fried calamari seafood appetizer.” Ca’ Dario Cucina Italiana is open daily 11:30 a.m.- 9 p.m. Call 884-9419 or visit

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  1. Martha Donelan says:


  2. Fay says:

    Yes, this is great news!!!

  3. VT says:

    HORRIBLE LOCATION. We live near there and will continue to dine downtown. Parking near a laundry mat and Jack in the Box doesn’t mesh with a fine dining experience. Sorry.

    • Lily says:

      Talk about first world problem. As long as the food is good, who cares about the neighboring business. I will definitely try it this weekend.

    • Bob says:

      you should at least give it a try. Dario has created a wonderful ambiance. Once you’re inside the smell of fresh laundered clothes and aromas of Chipotle disappear. The thought of a 16 mile drive downtown would really make you think twice. The food is exactly the same and the interior will make you forget that live in Goleta.

    • Karen says:

      Ca’Dario is not fine dining 🙂 It’s casual Italian dining and the ambiance is wonderful. Give it a try, you might surprise yourself 🙂

  4. Sbmizzou says:

    We just got back. The food was great. The resturant itself looked great. The staff were a bit overwhelmed but they did great considering the crowd. My one thought is that they need a food runner. The food comes out and there are no heat lamps so the food can sit there waiting to be delivered. That being said, it was ntastic.

  5. AJ says:

    Went by today at 12:30 for lunch and it was closed… 🙁

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