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Giuseppe's Cucina Italiana

891 Price Street, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
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Ranked #4 of 90 Restaurants in Pismo Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $39
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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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Campbell, CA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Being Italian, I'm a little picky perhaps on this one. I've eaten here in years past and remembered it for good food. No problem with the service which was good. The ambiance was also very good. My wife had linguini and clams and I had the linguini with seafood. Pasta was undercooked and seafood only okay. Ministrone soup was good.

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Ridgecrest, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

It has become a tradition now. Regular trips to Pismo Beach absolutely must include a night at Giuseppe's. Another perfect meal, we went traditional this time. I had spaghetti & meatballs; husband lasagne. Started with the Italiano salad and ended with gelato sampler and a canoli, accompanied by Giuseppe's own house Pinot Noir. A perfect birthday celebration!

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Wanganui, New Zealand
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Magnificent! Faultless! I will be visiting this restaurant again and I live in New Zealand! We were in Pismo for our 25th wedding anniversary and ate here on the night. What a treat. Also we found out later that Giuseppe's main Italian influence comes from around the port town of Bari. My wife and I met in Bari. Perfect.

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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

The food was hot but too much sauce! There is a better Italian Restaurant in Pismo so probably would not go to this one again.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Fantastic services, we had two waiters looking after us. We didnt have a booking but we were able to have a drink at the bar and wait 10 mins. Food was superb, authentic italian,and we were able to walk from our hotel. sandcastles at Pismo. Great after a full day in the car.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Went here to celbrate my wife's birthday while we were camping at the nearby state beach. We walked around "downtown" pismo looking for something to eat and we happened into Giuseppe's. It was very, very busy but they were able to get relatively quickly without a reservation. I was pleasantly surprised at how good the food was, they offer bread... More

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Orcutt, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

When a restaurant excels at the food, or have great staff, or a killer location and vibe, we like it. When a restaurant does all that, and more, at the highest level on the Central Coast, you have gem. This is The Top place to have a romantic dinner, a great business meeting, a fun group of friends. Wine list... More

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167 reviews 167 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

The bread and dipping oil loaded with garlic and balsamic will get you in the mood for the coming dinner. The portions are not oversized but adequate. The linguine and clam sauce was excellent with plenty of clams and a broth made for what bread you did not eat with the oil. The lasagna was tasty and filling. Service friendly... More

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San Luis Obispo County, California
20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

My husband and I tried this place for the first time and had a great experience from the great food to great service. We would come back again.

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80 reviews 80 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Very popular restaurant with a good reputation. Recommended to us by two locals and we are glad that we went. Menu was wide and the food very tasty. Service was good especially considering how busy they were.

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