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Giuseppe's Cucina Italiana

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891 Price Street, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
805-773-2870
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11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Sat - Sun 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Giuseppe’s Cucina Italiana was founded in 1988 by Giuseppe DiFronzo as a...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Worth the wait....

Prepare to wait a while… But it's worth it! At this beautiful small authentic Italian restaurant in Pizmo beach. Fantastic food, great portions, great wine list, and a great atmosphere… No reservations!

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Catherine W
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Long Beach, California
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  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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Long Beach, California
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Prepare to wait a while… But it's worth it! At this beautiful small authentic Italian restaurant in Pizmo beach. Fantastic food, great portions, great wine list, and a great atmosphere… No reservations!

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bay area, california
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Easy & delicious - used the express for take out. Genuine italian pizza and lasagne. OH & Gelato! Yum!

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Diamond Bar, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We have stopped here to eat on several occasions over the years on our road trips up the coast. Usually, the food is very good and we look forward to stopping. The last time, not so much. While the parmesan garlic bread was outstanding, as usual, we were both disappointed in our meals. My salad had so much vinegar on... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

During a too long dive down the coast, the old standby, Madonna Inn, held little appeal for a lunch break. Was glad to have pulled over in Pismo Beach and find the charming, highly recommended Giuseppe's. Unique interior and comfortable booths. Attentive service and a great meal starter with their house garlic spread on crustini. Will definitely look forward to... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Great Pizza, salads, and quality meats, We ate at the Express and were treated really well by the staff.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We had lunch. My wife had the salmon special I had the sand dabs. Both were cooked perfectly and the veg on the side were excellent. The risotto however was a bit gummy. The art on the walls and the mosaic octopus on the pizza oven is way cool.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Great atmosphere and food! Had the pistachio crusted chicken..so perfect. Parking can be an issue. The back room is really good for large groups and meetings. The waitstaff are all very good.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Be sure to try the Parmesan garlic oil dip that comes with the bread. Great pizza and a wonderfully diverse Italian menu definitely worth a stop

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Clovis, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We ate here one of the nights that we stayed here and I had the chicken and tortellini. It was a great meal! We all tried different meals and shared and everything was good.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Passed Pismo Beach on our way up north and decided to eat at Giuseppe's based on Tripadvisor reviews. We were definitely not disappointed. This was one of our top five meals this far during our three weeks US holiday. Authentic tasty Italian food, and very friendly and attentive service.

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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)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  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 39
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 891 Price Street, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  Pismo Beach
  • Phone Number: 805-773-2870

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 39
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business

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.
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

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