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Giuseppe's Cucina Italiana

891 Price Street, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
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Ranked #4 of 91 Restaurants in Pismo Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $39
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Sat - Sun 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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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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Mont Tremblant, Canada
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53 reviews 53 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

...from food to Owner's wines : the owner comes from authentic Italian gene pool and has remained faithfull to family and Italian Culinary tradition when it comes to menu and local house vineyard. Two examples, directly from what I experienced in wine and food, the first, scaloppini parmigiana in the plate and second, a House Corvina italian red in the... More 

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Reston, Virginia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

No reservations so your options are to go early before the rush or be prepared to wait for a table.The restaurant is busy, noisy, family friendly. You can dress up or be casual.The food is excellent, portions generous, extensive menu and wine menu. There were 5 of us celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary. Luckily we arrived just in time to... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Enjoyed a business meal here. Although it was about $92 for the two of us, it was worth it. The food is excellent. The staff is very friendly. One of the nicer places to eat in Pismo. More an adult atmosphere, but I did see a few kids. I recommend giving it a try. If you like Italian food, you... More 

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Thousand Oaks, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Visiting Pismo for a "getaway" weekend, this restaurant was recommended by our hotel staff as the Italian place. Arrived to a busycrowd and were told 20 minutes for our table. Went to the bar for a drink and we were seated within the timeframe. Excellent service (Dustin) and reallygood rustic italian food. Great specials! And the derserts are to die... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Been here about ten times or so. Always fantastic. Large menu executed well. Great bar scene, warm atmosphere, spot-on service. But most importantly killer pizzas (like the homemade sausage and fennel), amazing fresh pastas, and overall an incredible, incredible deal. We eat here each time in Pismo Beach and never have regretted it. There can be an hour wait at... More 

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Pacific Palisades
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62 reviews 62 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This place was packed on a Tuesday night. The food is quite good by any standard. Good service, attractive interior.

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Santa Monica, CA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Unfortunately, this restaurant doesn't take reservations, even for a party of 6. We waited a long time!! The food was excellent with generous portions. Oven fired pizza - delicious, gnocchi - delicious, pasta special - delicious, chicken special delicious. Delicious, but expect a wait.

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San Jose, California
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

The restaurant raised the prices of food on the New Year Eve. No reservation was allowed and the wait time was approximately one and a half hours. We felt the food was just O.K.

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Milan, Italy
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We are italian and we can tell you that it is a typical american restaurant which pretends to be italian. The pizza was very bad and full of garlic! Moreover it was very expensive

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San Francisco, California
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261 reviews 261 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
399 helpful votes 399 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

This is easily one of the best restaurants we have been to. The food, service, ambience etc. everything is awesome. They have a lot of variety in pastas and pizzas and the drink selection is pretty good too. The service is very professional and friendly and the ambience is good both for families and for a romantic evening. It was... More 

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Additional Information about Giuseppe's Cucina Italiana

Address: 891 Price Street, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
Phone Number: 805-773-2870
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pismo Beach
Open Hours:
Sunday 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 0 - 39

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