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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 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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Dallas, Texas
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378 reviews 378 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014 NEW

I lived in Pismo when Giuseppe's was brand new. Relatively speaking, by Pismo Beach standards, it's pretty pricey, so we did not go frequently. We also had a friend who preferred Rosa's down the street, so we went there more often than we went to Guiseppe's. That being said, I liked Giuseppe's better. Since I was a misplaced Dallasite, I... More

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Clayton, NC
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94 reviews 94 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

We went to Giuseppe's last night and loved it! We went on a Monday night and they were packed. We had wine in the bar and waited about 40 minutes to be seated. We were seated in a semi-circular booth on the side of the restaurant with a great view of the pizza oven. The wood fire smelled great! Service... More

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Rainham, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Came here as recommendation from my Lonely Planet California coast guide and it lived up to my expectations. In all honesty the rest of the choice of places to eat were diners or fish and chip shops as far as we could see however we didn't go to far as we were intent on this place. We had a quick... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

On a trip for my birthday and my husband chose to take me here. They were very busy but the service was great. The food is really good and the prices were very reasonable. My husband drew me a balloon and cake on the paper over the table cloths. The waiter brought me a free dessert. Left very happy and... More

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Arroyo Grande, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Food is wonderful, so is the service. The only bad thing about Giuseppe's is the noise factor. Be prepared to yell across your table in order to be heard.

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Nipomo, California
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122 reviews 122 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We ate at Giuseppe's Cucina for dinner. Our dinners were good but the service was a little slow. Great atmosphere and love to dip their bread in the olive oil mix.

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Vallejo, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We came here for dinner on Saturday, November 8th. The wait was 1.5 hours. Bummer. It smelled so good we decided to wait. Had raspberry lemon drops and they were delicious. Finally seated and had the calamari for appetizer. Very good, very fresh. Forgot what I ordered for dinner but it was very good. Pasta with chunks of stew meat... More

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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

I love an italian restaurant that helps me remember the restaurant italian of my youth. Great pasta, meats and fish. I love their fresh restaurant baked bread and the olive oil and olive spread. A great bar, that is a popular bar scene, to meet, greet and be seen. On leaving, you feel satisfied and like you've had a special... More

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Bari, Italy
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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Great to see my italian products in here and glad to see how busy it is. We bought some stuff and it was super nice. Great job! Sirio and Irene from Bari

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New Zealand
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Service, ambience and food were the very best. Ate in the restaurant the first night and really enjoyed the lively atmosphere. A great place to celebrate our anniversary. Liked it so much, went back the next night and a had a pizza in the bar. I will definately be back and highly recommend it.

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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
Average Prices: USD 0 - 39

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