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Giuseppe's Cucina Italiana

891 Price Street, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
805-773-2870
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Ranked #4 of 89 restaurants in Pismo Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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.
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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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San Juan Capistrano, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We headed to the wine tasting room across the street but needed to eat first. Mid afternoon so no trouble getting seated. They brought out bread and a dip with garlic, parmigiano cheese then at the table added olive oil and balsamic vinegar. It was so good we just kept eating the bread and dip. We liked everything so we... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We waited an hour for a table on a Saturday night. The food and service was amazing once we were seated. I can see why it's so popular!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We did take out one evening from this selection. Good solid choice. Food was well prepared and no problems for take out. Would recommend.

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Monterey, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

First of all the hostesses were the most friendly I have ever met for such a busy restaurant! We had a large party and no reservations and they kept us informed as to what our situation was the whole time. The owner treated us to a couple of the most amazing appetizers after we were seated! The wait staff made... More

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Bakersfield Ca
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28 reviews 28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Actually, the meatballs weren't spicy but they were very good- and large! They sat on top of some fat spaghetti noodles with a nice tomato sauce. My wife and I both had the same menu item. Our friends had the ravioli and the Zucchini blossom pizza. They reported the ravioli as being very good but the pizza, not so much.... More

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Wife, myself and children, 10 an 9, had a great meal with wonderful service here on our trip to Pismo. Would recommend to anyone.

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Pismo Beach, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This is a popular little Italian restraint make reservations because it's always packed , with locals and people in town. Joe the owner is a great Italian cook and makes a mean meatball, and the whole staff is very friendly ( don't forget to get there great coffee martini ( called flatliner ) don't drink more than 2 there strong.... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This was a very popular, very crowded Italian restaurant in Pismo Beach. We were too tired to wait for a table so we opted to do take out instead and eat at our condo across the street. They were very accommodating. The food was tasty...a dependable choice I would say. Nothing extraordinary but very good. The market across the street... More

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Prescott, Arizona
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This was one of the best Italian restaurants I have had the pleasure to dine it! I am a Italian transplant from NY to AZ and it is so difficult to find really good italian food so, when my family and I stayed in Pismo Beach and were craving Italian food we checked the review here on Tripadvisor. First, let... More

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Fresno, California
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80 reviews 80 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We ate here for a wedding reception and had four courses served to us. This consisted of salad, ravioli, pasta with beef and a pesto type chicken. All of them were tasty. The outside garden area for large parties is nice.

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