Petrini’s, a staple for Italian cuisine in both Santa Barbara and Goleta makes its long-awaited second debut in Goleta, reopening for the first time since ending a sixteen year run in 1989. It is reopening now to tremendous fanfare and is including its customers in the celebration with the Petrini’s Italian Recipe Challenge. The contest, to be held on Wednesday, March 2, is sure to generate some buzz, as the grand prize is a year-long spot for their recipe – named for them – on the Petrini’s menu. In a fitting tribute to the winner, he or she will get to eat their creation at Petrini’s free for a year. Lastly, the winner will appear in a Petrini’s television commercial highlighting their winning recipe.

The runners-up will receive $50 Petrini’s gift certificates. “Thatsa nice.”

What’s really nice is the fact that Petrini’s is again open for business in Goleta. Word has it the town is starving for some “good Italian.”

Here’s how it works: Entrants need to submit their best pizza or pasta recipes and a bit about themselves by February 25th. Recipes can be mailed to or dropped off at Petrini’s, 5711 Calle Real, Goleta, Cailfornia 93117 or the original location at 14 W. Calle Larueles, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.They can also be submitted by email to

All entries must include name, address, phone number and email.

Four finalists will be selected by Petrini’s. The “final four” will be judged by a panel of three local celebrities and the general public in attendance at Petrini’s in Goleta.

So come to Petrini’s in Goleta on Wednesday, March 2 at 6p.m and vote for your favorite recipe…and come hungry because Petrini’s is back! You might want to come in for a practice run. You might not be used to food this good. Ahh Petrini’s. Thatsa nice!


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