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Giuseppe's Cucina Italiana

891 Price Street, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
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Ranked #4 of 89 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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Orcutt, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

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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168 reviews 168 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

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
19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

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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73 reviews 73 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

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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Fresno, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

My wife and I had dinner here about a week ago. Food and wat this restaurant is absolutely fantastic. Prices and portions are great. Very popular restaurant on the central coast. We also love Rosa's which is also in Pismo.

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Incline Village, Nevada, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Picked up pizza at express location. A little pricey, but 18" pizza was good for two meals for two. Could have been hotter. Maybe better to have them deliver.

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Laguna Beach, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

surprisingly spectacular Italian food for a beach town -- which is why there is almost always a wait to get in --- everything from the hand-made pizza to the veal is incredibly good --- the owner and his wife happened to be there during one of my visits and found to be as charming as could be -- service is... More

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Auburn, NY
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We go to this restaurant every time we are in Pismo Beach. They do not take reservations so be prepared to go to the bar and have a drink but it is worth the wait. Authentic italian food. You may want to split a meal as they are all HUGE! Their gnocchi is to die for. Excellent service. Go early.

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Sacramento, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 via mobile

Popular spot with great wine, the owner makes a Syrah that is wonderful. Fresh fish and lots of pasta choices as well as all the Southern Italian favorites. They make a special bread dipping sauce with olive oil balsamic and fresh Parmesan .

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Reading, United Kingdom
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114 reviews 114 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

A nice location which we sat outside at and in the middle of the town. The team were friendly and the choice and quality of food really good. We had a strombola each and they were excellent, mine a meat one and my wife had the vegetarian which she really enjoyed. Nice and simple and very good.

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