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Giuseppe's Cucina Italiana

891 Price Street, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
805-773-2870
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Ranked #6 of 90 restaurants in Pismo Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $0 - $39
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Giuseppe’s Cucina Italiana was founded in 1988 by Giuseppe DiFronzo as a senior project upon graduation from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Joe, “Giuseppe”, is a son of Italian immigrants who along with the majority of their family emigrated from Bari, Puglia. Puglia is the heel of the boot region of Italy, otherwise known as the California of Italy.Joe grew up in Southern California where he learned his craft working for his four uncles who all owned Italian Delicatessens and bakeries. After fishing in Alaska on a crab boat upon graduation from Cal Poly, Joe returned to Pismo Beach and started his first 8-table restaurant in the old Landmark Hotel in Pismo. Three years later he moved to the historic Plessas Tavern, a Pismo landmark since 1921. This institution fed the likes of Eleanor Roosevelt, Bob Hope, Clark Gable, and many dignitaries and stars traveling between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Locals were thrilled to see the eatery reopen and thrive for the last 24 years! Today Giuseppe’s boasts an Italian deli and bakery across the street at 800 Price Street as well. Giuseppe also opened a sister restaurant in 2005 in downtown San Luis Obispo named “Palazzo Giuseppe.” Giuseppe spends his pastime cultivating his family farm from which he produces his 15 year old “DiFronzo Vineyards” wines, featured in his eateries. In addition to wine, he grows, cooks, and serves his organic heirloom fruits, vegetables, and herbs with pride and confidence.
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Giuseppe’s Cucina Italiana was founded in 1988 by Giuseppe DiFronzo as a senior project upon graduation from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Joe, “Giuseppe”, is a son of Italian immigrants who along with the majority of their family emigrated from Bari, Puglia. Puglia is the heel of the boot region of Italy, otherwise known as the California of Italy.Joe grew up in Southern California where he learned his craft working for his four uncles who all owned Italian Delicatessens and bakeries. After fishing in Alaska on a crab boat upon graduation from Cal Poly, Joe returned to Pismo Beach and started his first 8-table restaurant in the old Landmark Hotel in Pismo. Three years later he moved to the historic Plessas Tavern, a Pismo landmark since 1921. This institution fed the likes of Eleanor Roosevelt, Bob Hope, Clark Gable, and many dignitaries and stars traveling between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Locals were thrilled to see the eatery reopen and thrive for the last 24 years! Today Giuseppe’s boasts an Italian deli and bakery across the street at 800 Price Street as well. Giuseppe also opened a sister restaurant in 2005 in downtown San Luis Obispo named “Palazzo Giuseppe.” Giuseppe spends his pastime cultivating his family farm from which he produces his 15 year old “DiFronzo Vineyards” wines, featured in his eateries. In addition to wine, he grows, cooks, and serves his organic heirloom fruits, vegetables, and herbs with pride and confidence.
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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75 reviews 75 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Went with my spouse and brother. We shared two appetizers and three entrees. Everything was great, and our waiter was helpful in making our selections. Would go back in an instant.

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Seymour, Australia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We grabbed a pizza and pasta from here one night and it was unbelievable. The taste was magical and had a real authentic feel to the whole experience in this shop/restaurant. Great service and food. Highly recommend eating here.

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Ridgecrest, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

This is one of our favorite restaurants anywhere, not just Pismo Beach. We love the beautiful Italian decor, the food is wonderful, the service always has been great and if we are only in town for a weekend, this will be at the top of our list for dining. There are many great eateries in the Pismo Beach area, but... More

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Beverly Hills, CA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

The neon sign outside is deceiving. This is not a New York "Mamma Mia" diner, rather it is a delightful trattoria popular with locals and visitors alike. Try their sinful lamb lollipops or perhaps the pistachio encrusted whitefish, wood-fired pizzas or a marvelous dessert. Excellent service and large portions, too. There is a bar area adjacent the main dining room... More

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Greenville, Alabama
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Food was wonderful. Staff just as great!!! Would def recommend if in the pismo beach area. Dessert is a must too. We had lemon cheesecake.

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Grants Pass, Oregon
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67 reviews 67 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014 via mobile

We keep going back for the food which is excellent, but the noise reduces the rating by at least one star. Service is also quite good. Excellent wine list. But the noise level....even on Thursday!

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BUELLTON
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

The food is great as well as the service! When in the Pismo area, this place is a must for lunch or dinner!

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California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

If you love Italian food this is a must while visiting Pismo Beach. The food is to die for, especially the parmesian cheese dip.

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Oroville, California, United States
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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

A great Italian dining experience. Had a seafood dish that was excellent. Our friends live there and go all the time. Parking can be a problem.

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Bellevue, Washington
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54 reviews 54 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

My husband found Giuseppe' s while trying to book a casual place for my birthday. We were staying close by so it made it easy to pop in as they don't accept reservations. Got there at 5:30 and had a lovely dinner. The service was wonderful and the food delicious. I also thought the atmosphere was romantic, however after 6:00... More

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