Italian Cottage Restaurants


Italian Cottage

2234 Esplanade
Chico, CA 95926
(530) 343-7000

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Mon-Sun 6am – 11pm


The Italian Cottage has always reminded me of a red hut cafe. I can remember driving by the location on the esplanade in the 80’s when I was a kid.  Tucked back off the esplanade, the place actually seemed very mysterious until you got inside.

There are two locations for the Italian Cottage Restaurant in Chico California, one on 2234 Esplanade, and a cottage on 2525 Dominic Drive. Both locations have always had great customer service.


The last time I visited the Italian Cottage, it was a Sunday. A good friend was in town and they were in the mood for Italian food for dinner. I suggested something nearby, so we stopped into the location on Dominic Drive.

Our Hostess was great. Greeted with a smile at the door, there must have been a birthday party or something going on because we waited about 10 minutes before we were seated.

I ordered my favorite, which is the primavera Alfredo, and my guest went with the Chicken Fettuccini. Wait time was pretty quick; food arrived fresh and piping hot. Both meals received great reviews.

The atmosphere makes you feel like you’re eating in a cozy barn stable. The uniqueness about all Italian cottage locations is that they lay saw dust on the floors. If you can get by that, this local restaurant is a good place for the whole family.


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