Lago di Como

21490 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz
(831) 454-8257

Recent Reviews

J Castro

Absolutely delicious! The polenta, Tuscana insalata, and the seafood soup were all amazing. We’ll certainly return for more!


Delicious authentic Italian food, the desserts were phenomenal. Would definitely recommend.

Rupert Young

Quality Italian with many classics but also more unusual regional options. I had a special with Fregola and a very tasty sausage. My family had a pizza which was good, ravioli also very good and a pesto (bit al dente for my wife). Has several nice protected outdoor seating options.

Todd Goudberg

I NEVER write reviews, so please take this seriously. I apologize to all other restaurants in town, but Lago di Como IS the best restaurant in town, bar none. I said it. I grew up on Italian food so you would think I was biased, but no, I prefer most all asian food; however, I could eat here daily and not be disappointed. The pizzas ARE the best in town. Don't bother going to another chain pizzeria for run-of-the-mill pepperoni, this place has a pie for everyone. Traditional and simple. The pasta is always fresh, and always al dente. Fresh ingredients, rich sauces and generous portions. Everything you could ask for, including a friendly and genuine staff. And despite working tirelessly in the kitchen, the owner always has time to drop by each table to chat and personally check on everyone's experience. He is exceptionally good with the kids, and my kids love him right back. I am going to make it a point to bring friends and family here when they visit, and eat here personally more often. Thank you Carlos, see you soon!

Justin Broughton

Surprisingly good Italian food. Thoroughly enjoyed this friendly little restaurant with outdoor seating. Pizzas were very authentic and the spaghetti pescatore full of fresh shellfish. Delicious. Not cheap though.

Debbie Pieracci

Food was very good. A little expensive. Staff was attentive a little too much. One girl was removing plates before done. It would have been nice at times to just relax and enjoy and talk.

Rachel Klabunde

Delicious fish with risotto, great service, the tiramisu was just ok.

MIchelle Lee

Special attention to our large party for a great birthday celebration.

tom B.

Amazing! They have been there for many years and all the summers we vacationed 1 block away we never knew how fantastic they were. Now we live here so we'll be back often. Perfect service, very Italian, food was super. Bruschetta flatbread was perfect. Pesto Linguine with clams ( in the shell) super tasty. Special ravioli with shrimp and lobster in a tomato cream sauce slightly spicy but very good. They were out of the sausage pasta dish I ordered but the beef filled tortellini with ham and peas was a worthy substitute. Pretty rich with the full cream sauce. The recommendation of the multipulciano wine was spot on-flavorful, fruity and not too heavy. Too full to sample the desserts from the specialty patisserie-we'll have to come back and just have appetizers and dessert!!!

Christy K.

Lots of potential at this place. Great menu, good prices,great Italian waiter. Food was disappointing though. My linguine and clams weren't properly cooked. Couldn't get bread for my appetizer, parm cheese for these lovely dishes came in a packet. Dishes were average at best. I will try them again though, restaurants seem to be struggling since Covid.

Brook T.

This place was awesome. We are locals here in Aptos and wanted something new. So stoked we found this spot. We started with the calamari, so tasty. I got a great pizza and my wife got the pasta pillows filled with amazing short ribs. We will totally be going back. Our waiter was great too.

Yoav Maor

Everything in this place is amazing. Real Italian atmosphere and great food, with even greater hospitality. Grazie!

oscar simo de leon

take out experience wednesday ...four stars for food ... a pasta dish in a meat sauce, a chicken dish in a caper sauce (i think) and a risotto were so good that there were no leftovers ... delicious.two stars for service ... if there's a sign telling you to wait RIGHT THERE and RIGHT THERE is were service staff is running food, bussing dishes, bringing out drinks, etc etc etc al andnot one of them says ANYTHING and NO EYE CONTACT 'cept for daggers cause you are in the way ... well, i got out of the way and eventually flagged someone three stars.

Abi M

Had gone to Lago di Como with my family to celebrate my nephew's graduation from UCSC. The restaurant was gracious enough accommodate us last minute. What a great find! we had a most memorable experience. We started with the salad appetizer selecting the "Insalata Caprese Tiepida" and the "Polo alla Sarda". Both excellent choices. For the main course I went for the "Fettuccine alla Bolognese", which came with a perfect blend of sauce and an unusual fettuccine pasta that had a great texture and flavor.But above all what made the whole experience worth it was the the chef and owner Giovanni, who went beyond and above to make it one of the most memorable experiences I had in a restaurant. He was humorous, entertaining, very opinionated - in the most delightful way about the selection of wine to go with our food, which we accepted and turned out to be an excellent choice.At the end finding out that we were there for a special moment he treated us to a delicious desert of his choice. Further making sure - in the most memorable grand Italian gesture - by kneeling down and offering a prayer in the most solemn but humorous way - that there would not be any peanuts in the ingredient as my nephew was allergic.Even though the restaurant was very busy Chef Giovanni went out of the way to make us feel special, with the exceptional service and wonderful cuisine. I am now a die hard fan and will make it a point to come back on my next trip to Santa Cruz. Viva Lago Di Como!

Tim K.

Excellent food, service, and atmosphere. Predominantly Italian staff, which speaks to this restaurant's authenticity. I'll definitely return when in town.

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