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“Food remains good but service is slipping” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Vigilucci's Cucina

Vigilucci's Cucina
2943 State Street, Carlsbad, CA
760-434-2500
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Ranked #8 of 264 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Doing business
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Carlsbad Village Dr.
Bend, Oregon
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45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Food remains good but service is slipping”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

I gave it a great review last year but this year I had to take it down a notch due to poor service. We had to wait a long time for the waiter. He seemed more intent on getting tables their checks than waiting on new tables. My wife prefers butter for her bread instead of the oil and we had to ask three times to get some. The food was still very good.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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OFallon
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102 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Excellent pasta, service uneven”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013 via mobile

I was seated in back dark area although place was empty; couple after me were given a lovely window seat, and received much better service. I was not told lunch specials. My pasta - excellent, well seasoned succulent rock shrimp & garlic spaghetti - was outstanding but the bread & dipping oil came after I was halfway through my meal. Too bad as the bread was very good: moist with a nice crust, and just right for enjoying the fine olive oil.
I also ordered the Italian lemon tart which was not very good. The lemon cream was bland with no lemon flavor that I could discern although it was very attractive. It almost tasted a bit stale.
Good place for a business lunch. I doubt if I will return as I was underwhelmed with my welcome here.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Jacksonville, Florida
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121 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Nice For Italian food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Good service. Nice atmosphere. Food was good and portions plentiful. We really liked the vegetable role that came with dinner. Also, yummy bread.

Visited January 2013
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Meridian, Idaho
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A Wonderful, Casual Trattoria”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

This is a wonderful, casual Italian restaurant with delicious food, homemade pasta and very attentive service. There are several sidewalk tables for people watching. My nephew, his wife and I arrived for a late lunch. The main dining room had only two other occupied tables; one table of 12 and another of 6. Nevertheless, the two waiters took great pains to see that each table was well served in a polite and professional manner.

My nephew ordered Spaghetti ai Gamberetti, which was heaped with shrimp and enjoyed immensely. His wife and I had the Capellini alla Checca. The angel hair pasta was al dente and the tomatoes were fresh and sweet. Each of the three dishes were prepared after we ordered and were served piping hot. The Italian bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar served as a delicious appetizer while we waited for our entrées. Each waiter returned to our table to check on our order and to ensure that it was to our liking. Both were polite and courteous. They enjoyed my Italian and were surprised by my Tuscan accent. I had learned Italian at school in Florence several years in the past.

The check was brought only when we asked for it, as us customary in Europe, and our luncheon was very moderate in cost. Each of the waiters thanked us with big smiles as we left their restaurant. We will definitely be back!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Seattle, Washington
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52 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Best meal of our trip!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

Service was excellent, and this was surprisingly kid friendly. The pasta tasted homemade, and everything was decently priced. We stayed at La Costa, and this was a easy, convenient location for us to visit. For a smaller restaurant, they had an extensive menu and nice seafood specials. Would highly recommend it and I found it much better (and more affordable) than the restaurants in our resort.

Visited January 2013
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