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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: Late Night, 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
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I must say Giuseppe's is a gem in a college town and I wouldn't have appreciated it going to CalPoly a decade ago! We are glad we stopped here for lunch on our way to Monterey from San Diego...such a refreshing meal to help you carry on with a long drive. Ordered calamari as a starter and pizza and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I must say Giuseppe's is a gem in a college town and I wouldn't have appreciated it going to CalPoly a decade ago! We are glad we stopped here for lunch on our way to Monterey from San Diego...such a refreshing meal to help you carry on with a long drive. Ordered calamari as a starter and pizza and pasta... More 

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la qyinta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Come here every stop in Pismo. They have the best fried calamari! It's always so busy and our service is always good, but this time it was very slow. Our server was great but the kitchen was slow. Best bread dipper on the planet I would go just for that! Food is always excellent!

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Nottingham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The restaurant does not take reservations, so turn up, put your name down and be prepared to wait. There is a bar or various other local wine bars to go to. The food is definitely worth the wait. Delicious pasta dishes served by friendly staff.

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Stuttgart, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Pizza, Pizza, Pizza.........the best. Good service, good price, good wine :-) and the Tiramisu......a dream Enjoy it

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

My bride and I stopped for a late lunch/early supper on a Thursday afternoon. We were warmly greeted by the hostesses, seated quickly, and offered beverages right away. We went over the menu as it is printed daily and we had not been here for some time. When waiter Matthew G. arrived we had some questions for him. He appeared... More 

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Concord, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Went here during the week. Very busy with a line out the door. We had reservations, but still had to wait 30 minutes. They accommodated my wife's GF requests and the food was extremely good. The service was okay and the waiter seemed a bit pretentious or impatient, but they were very busy and we will go back for sure.

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El Segundo, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Stopped in for lunch for a very surprisingly enjoyable experience. Great food and atmosphere! We will be back again!

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ruthin north wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We where recommended to try this restaurant by our hotel and it was excellent food was very good indeed atmosphere was great,arrived and was busy had a seat at bar for a cocktail then moved to our table waiter was very friendly and fun and we had a lovely evening.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Very good Italian restaurant with good real Italian food. Friendly staff, who served us well and reasonable prices. There were a lot of people in the restaurant so it was a little bit noisy, which made conversation at the table a bit dfficult

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Amazing blue cheese/white pizza - the best since we were in Venice. Lots of homemade gelato and cakes - we could hardly stop from getting one of everything. Picked up at their express location and it was wonderful to enjoy a family night in with no waiting in line at a restaurant!

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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, Doing business, Special occasions

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?