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Spirito's Italian Diner

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2508 El Camino Real, 2508 El Camino Real, 92008-1203, Carlsbad, California, Carlsbad, CA 92008-1203
+1 760-720-7111
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12:00 - 20:00
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Tue - Sun 12:00 - 20:00
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San Jose, California
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198 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

What a pleasant time we had at lunch enjoying the obviously homemade Fagioli soup (which really tasted great on a cold rainy day), the Rosemary Chicken Salad on an antipasto salad...creative and very fresh lettuce and vegetables and the Proscuitto sandwich which was a generous serving of Proscuitto, mozzarella cheese, fresh tomato and lettuce like one would get in a... More 

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Forest Grove, Or
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180 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Obviously New York style as they call sauce gravy. Pasta was cooked to perfection, ravioli were hand made and HUGE, tortellini was not house made so we passed on that. The "gravy" was some of the best I have had that was not made at home or in Italy. We had both meat sauce and marinara. The only comment I... More 

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Pasadena, California
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Growing up in New Jersey, we had the best Italian food ever!! Ever since I moved to California (Los Angeles) 25 years ago, I have bemoaned the fact that there is no REAL Italian food to be had here. Well, now there is!! Don't let the strip mall location deter you!!! Our friend Janet, who we were visiting, took us... More 

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Lebanon, Oregon
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51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

My husband and I shared two different dishes since it was our first visit to the restaurant and wanted to sample both the ravioli and spinach lasagne. Staff was really attentive and nice and the food was incredibly delicious. Ravioli were the size of small saucers and pasta was spot on for texture and taste. The red sauce (gravy) was... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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99 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

While staying at the LEGOLAND Hotel, our family didn't feel like another meal in the hotel. Having seen Spirito's featured on "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives," and being a fan of New York style pizza, we decided to call in for a pickup order. At 6 pm, I called in for a 3 pizza order, and was told it would be... More 

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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Mmmmmmm. This place is fantastic! This is a small restaurant nestled into a strip mall, but it is a fantastic find. The food was ready quickly and was delicious. Just like mom would make if she was Italian and an amazing cook.

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Thank Doug B
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42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

I've been to Spiritos in Elizabeth, NJ many times. Excellent Italian food. This Spiritos is close. Found it online by accident and took family that moved out to California from NJ. They were happy to find an Italian restaurant that had food like home. I had the ravioli's and pizza. Both were very good. I definitely recommend.

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Roseville, California
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Just give me a straw and that red sauce AKA gravy. Meatballs over the top awesome. My son loved the cheese pizza. But I will be back for that gravy!

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Oceanside, California
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328 reviews
201 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

Spirito’s was appropriately featured in Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Located in a shopping center, what the simple no frills diner lacks in ambiance it makes up in classic Italian pizza and pasta big on flavor. The Artichoke Bianco Pizza loaded with big chunks of artichokes and oozing with mozzarella and gorgonzola cheese was sensational.

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Colorado
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

Best eggplant parm ever tasted! Recommend you add the Roman meatball to anything you order! Unique lightly sweet and savory taste in the same bite . Friendly staff. Order at counter and take a seat or enjoy it to go. Seating for about 20-25 only.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$14
Cuisine
Italian, Pizza
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 20:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 20:00
Thursday
12:00 - 20:00
Friday
12:00 - 20:00
Saturday
12:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2508 El Camino Real, 2508 El Camino Real, 92008-1203, Carlsbad, California, Carlsbad, CA 92008-1203
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad
  • Phone Number: +1 760-720-7111

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?