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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, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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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  • 23
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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
Quiet little place

Nice little place. Good authentic Italian food. We had to wait for a table but its Spring Break in CA. Service was good as well

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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Good for:
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

Nice little place. Good authentic Italian food. We had to wait for a table but its Spring Break in CA. Service was good as well

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San Ramon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

We visit the central coast a couple times a year and Giuseppe's is a "must stop" for dinner during every visit. They have an extensive menu, to please many different palates! They have a covered patio which is really nice (not as noisy as the main room), but the main dining room has a view of the chefs making the... More 

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California
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28 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

i have been coming to Giuseppe's since it opened. Great ambience, including the art on the walls often by local artists. Eat at the bar or in the dining room with the pizza oven with the tile octopus. The wait staff are friendly, knowledgeable and the food is great. The lamb lollipops shouldn't be missed and any of the pastas... More 

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Yorba Linda, CA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

My wife and I ate here last Sunday evening. One of the reasons for picking Giuseppe's is their option for gluten-free pasta. The small touches here really make this restaurant five star. They start the meal with a blend of fine grated garlic and cheese to which they add olive oil and balsamic. Very tasty on the bread provided and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

You won't be desappointed when you go out for a nice evening dinner with your baby. Great food, great appetizers and the drinks always stiff. Just the way I like them. Awesome selection of wine.

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Pismo Beach, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We have enjoyed Giuseppe's many times. Excellent menu, lots to choose from - classic Italian and more. The lamb "lolly pops" on the appetizer menu is superb, as is the rack of lamb entrée. Amazing hand tossed pizzas and flatbreads are done in a wood fire oven. The wine selection is excellent. Full bar, excellent service.

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Fresno, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Great Pizza! We did a phone order and did take out. It was an option to not having to sit in a restaurant and get out an keep enjoying the ocean.

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Santa Clarita, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Chicken parmesan was not that great-but their pizza is amazing. and their bread is great-with the awesome dipping sauce!

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Rohnert Park, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This was the best Italian food we have had in a long time. The waiter was attentive but not intrusive. Great selection of wines!

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We read reviews of this restaurant and thought it would be amazing. I 've had better Italian food at the Olive Garden. Our server seemed more interested in the people by the front window then he did us. The young man filling water and getting us bread was in la la land. I had to ask 3 times for lemon... More 

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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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