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Nicolosi's Italian Restaurant

7005 Navajo Road, San Diego, CA 92119
(619) 287-5757
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Ranked #2,089 of 4,041 restaurants in San Diego
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Jackson Drive
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English first
San Diego, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012

Like many locals, we have consistently visited Nicolosi's over the years for sentimental reasons. Their food has always been pretty average, but since their move to Navajo, the food, the service and the atmosphere have all changed for the worse. This Friday, I was actually excited about stopping in for baked ravioli, which I happen to like. We walked in... More

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Monterey, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2012

The food in this restaurant we found to be tasteless.... absolutely tastless. As for their long standing reputation as Italian savory...well maybe in their anchor restaurant, ..not this one. Would you beleive we had a can of tomato sauce dumped ontop of one of the lasagna's because they ran out of their blended sauce. The place is souless with Stepford... More

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El Cajon, California
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116 reviews 116 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2011

For sentimental reasons, I'd love to give these guys a great review, but....I wouldn't be true to myself if I did. :-( When I was a kid, we used to go to the location on El Cajon Blvd and it tasted good...to a kid. Then a few times to the location off Waring Rd. It wasn't too bad, but I'd... More

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San Diego, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2011

Having heard so much about Nicolosi's over the years, we were thrilled that it was reopening in our neighborhood at its new location at 7005 Navajo Road. The mediocre service was a warning. I had the linguine and white clam sauce and my wife has the homemade ravioli. The clam sauce was watery and the raviolis were non-descript in a... More

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2010

You can't go wrong here. Nicolosi's is a San Diego legend and almost closed when the owner decided to retire but luckily another family member is continuing the tradition. It's a tough decision every time we go whether to get pizza, sandwiches or pasta, so we usually do all 3 and share a bite of this or that. The Special... More

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San Diego, California, United States
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50 reviews 50 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2010

I ordered the spaghetti, he ordered the ravioli. I thought it was a pretty noveau approach to make the ravioli look like won tons but apparently, the sauce for the ravioli was much too sweet or the cheese was much too sweet. The spaghetti was all right. But then again, how difficult is it to mess up a basic dish?... More

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San Diego CA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2009

My family and I have gone to Nicolosis for over 50 years. It was always the place for celebrations. Over the past few years the older waitress staff have left and newer ones have replaced them. They are very unfriendly and not at all attentive (until they bring the bill and expect a good tip). Won't be going back. Prices... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2008

everything was great until we tasted the food.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2007

Love their subs.

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San Diego, CA
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2005

Excellent Food; Excellent Service--their only fault is that they allow kids to stay in the bar area--not cool.

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