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“Great vibe; Great food”
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.
Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

The only place you should eat if traveling through Pismo Beach. You will feel like you are at a family run restaurant in Italy... We waited at the wine bar next door and they called us there when our table was ready. Ate fabulous Oso Bucco in beautiful setting with superior waiters and even a little old man playing accordion.

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1  Thank elaine s
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Reviewed June 19, 2014 via mobile

This restaurant is definitely one of the best italian restaurants we've visited during 3 months in the US. Nice staff, excellent food and a great atmosphere. Be prepared for some waiting-time, but it's worth it.

1  Thank Rahel R
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Reviewed June 16, 2014

Great food, great ambiance, staff was very good. The wood fired pizza was great. Pastas were great, tiramisu was off the hook.

1  Thank Kelly B
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Reviewed June 10, 2014

Superior service that is rivaled only by the fantastic food! Eat here every chance we get because it is always a treat no matter what we order-and then there is the desert...the lemon cheesecake and the cannoli are the best I've ever tasted-so good you won't even feel guilty! Treat yourself to a wonderful meal!

1  Thank Mary H
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Reviewed May 31, 2014

We have been here several times, we love the vibe in Pismo beach and we make it a point to go to Giuseppe’s every time. We have been fortunate enough to be served by... cant remember his name :-(, he’s hard to miss, got a beard and a monopoly mustache haha. He really knows the menu, great personality and made some great recommendations that we probably wouldn’t have ordered but we loved it! Giuseppe’s has a great vibe, bar to wait in if you can’t be seated immediately, friendly staff and most importantly the food is to die for! If you are looking for a great Italian dinner in Pismo, don’t skip Giuseppe’s!

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Thank Aaron L
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