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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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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Sat - Sun 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, 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
Better Than Authentic

Our experience at Giuseppe's was excellent. Everything from the calamari and bone dry KettleOne martinis (up, two olives), to the lamb and veal paired with the owner's personal Pinot Noir, completed with well prepared pasta and warm, crusty bread, our experience sitting at the bar was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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Seattle, Washington
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34 reviews 34 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Our experience at Giuseppe's was excellent. Everything from the calamari and bone dry KettleOne martinis (up, two olives), to the lamb and veal paired with the owner's personal Pinot Noir, completed with well prepared pasta and warm, crusty bread, our experience sitting at the bar was memorable. The service was impeccable, not intrusive. Thanks to the suggestion of the bartender... More 

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Oakland, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Made to order Italian old school, excellent service, superb wine selection. You will want to come again!

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Novato, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

We had an absolutely superb meal at Giuseppe's on April 16th, 2015. We didn't know anything about the restaurant, choosing it for dinner when we arrived to Pismo Beach for a 3-day visit. The meal was outstanding, and the service was absolutely flawless. Highly recommended.

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Long Beach, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Food was great though the noise and wait (50 min) were not enjoyable. As they do not take reservations this one is a hit or miss in my book.

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Carson City
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41 reviews 41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

You will end up standing outside waiting to be seated, as the inside is small and crowded. We went to the bar, got two glasses of wine and just waited. The wait was worth it. We were lucky enough to be seated in the patio area next to the parking lot, which really was nice. It was MUCH quieter there... More 

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Fontana, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Every time we visit Pismo Beach, we eat here. Good Italian food and atmosphere. Giuseppe's offers great choices for entrees and sides, as well as, a nice wine list.

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San Jose, California
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127 reviews 127 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

It's true. Everything here is really good. I don't have much to add beyond specifics of what we ordered. My branzino was the best I've ever had. Really. Flaky white flesh, wonderful accompaniments. My partner's lasagne was great, too. It was firm yet moist, and certainly not runny. We really appreciated that they split (2 plates) the caprese salad. It... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

this used to be one of my favorite restaurants. started off w/stale bread, great fried squash blossoms, mediocre orcheiette w/braciolle w/too much salt. disappointed for sure

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West Pennant Hills, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We ordered salads (Caesar for me/ Italian antipasto for my husband) and shared a pizza. They have a stone pizza oven so the crust was perfect. The toppings for the margeruite pizze were very nice. All in all a very enjoyable meal.

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Grover Beach
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10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Finally tried the one in Pismo and it didn't disappoint! Great wine and nice service. I definitely recommend the butternut squash ravioli! Yum!!

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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 0 - 39

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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