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“Go early!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Giuseppe's Cucina Italiana

Giuseppe's Cucina Italiana
891 Price Street, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
805-773-2870
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Ranked #5 of 93 Restaurants in Pismo Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $39
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert, Delivery, Late Night, Takeout
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.
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“Go early!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

An authentic Italian feel with some homemade pastas and a great Margarita pizza. Take home a rustic loaf of bread from the deli across the street, none better anywhere.

Visited May 2012
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“Very good Italian Food Take it from a New York City Italian - Excellent Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

Actually found this jem by walking the streets and talking to the locals, truth be told my wife did the talking. Anyway the man we met said he was a local and that he was Italian and when he wanted Italian food he went there. End result he was telling the truth. We had the Zuppa De Pesce and it was very good. Best we have had in a long time. Good bread nice wine selection and reasonably priced the only criticism was the portion of pasta could have been more otherwise excellent. They also have a deli acrosss the street for the quick bite

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Expected better.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

Arrived with great expectations after been recommended by locals. Starter was o.k. Then it went downhill. The main course was large but too large! The pork dish was enormous, enough to feed a family! Very off-putting! Lasagna was very good according to my daughter.
Service was o.k, I would not visit again.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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“Great Spot!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

Great spot, both the sit down and the take out are excellent.

Visited April 2012
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“Awesome food & atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

Loved the accordian player. Really felt like an Italian restaurant should. The service was great & the atmosphere was relaxing.
Food was delicious....

Visited June 2012
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