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“A Must”
Review of Giuseppe's Cucina Italiana - CLOSED

Giuseppe's Cucina Italiana
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $39
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations, 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.
California
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A Must”
Reviewed March 28, 2014

If you love Italian food this is a must while visiting Pismo Beach. The food is to die for, especially the parmesian cheese dip.

Visited March 2014
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Oroville, California, United States
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great Italian food”
Reviewed March 26, 2014

A great Italian dining experience. Had a seafood dish that was excellent. Our friends live there and go all the time. Parking can be a problem.

  • Visited March 2014
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Bellevue, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
144 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Romantic and delicious.”
Reviewed March 8, 2014 via mobile

My husband found Giuseppe' s while trying to book a casual place for my birthday. We were staying close by so it made it easy to pop in as they don't accept reservations. Got there at 5:30 and had a lovely dinner. The service was wonderful and the food delicious. I also thought the atmosphere was romantic, however after 6:00 the place gets very crowded.
I had a seafood pasta and my husband enjoyed the sirloin tip pasta. Caesar salads were crisp and tasty and with the nice bottle of red we were happy.

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Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great Local Spot”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

It has everything you can hope for in a good Italian restaurant. Great cocktails from a friendly bar staff, good food with varying specials every night, and traditional well prepared go to standby dishes. Wine list emphasizes local wines and they will allow you to bring one bottle without corkage fee. It is family friendly, and very busy on weekends especially in the summer. However, since we're locals we tend to go during the week.

Great wine bar across the street is Tastes of the Valley and if you have a few extra minutes before you're going to be seated you can step across the street and see a much larger selection of wines at good prices.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Pismojim
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Turlock, California
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Delicious food, great atmosphere!”
Reviewed March 1, 2014

The food was delicious! The atmosphere and the service were great! It's a larger restaurant, but the service you receive makes you feel like you're in a small, quaint restaurant.
I had the chicken picatta. Delicious!
It was also family friendly. I saw plenty of families there enjoying their meals!
I definitely would recommend stopping here!

Visited February 2014
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Thank Caroline33197
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