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“Very Good 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: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, 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.
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52 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Very Good Food”
Reviewed July 9, 2014 via mobile

Wife, myself and children, 10 an 9, had a great meal with wonderful service here on our trip to Pismo. Would recommend to anyone.

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English first
Pismo Beach, California
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Little Italy”
Reviewed July 7, 2014

This is a popular little Italian restraint make reservations because it's always packed , with locals and people in town. Joe the owner is a great Italian cook and makes a mean meatball, and the whole staff is very friendly ( don't forget to get there great coffee martini ( called flatliner ) don't drink more than 2 there strong. Enjoy

Visited July 2014
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Atlanta, Georgia
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46 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“italian”
Reviewed July 7, 2014

This was a very popular, very crowded Italian restaurant in Pismo Beach. We were too tired to wait for a table so we opted to do take out instead and eat at our condo across the street. They were very accommodating. The food was tasty...a dependable choice I would say. Nothing extraordinary but very good. The market across the street also offers take out and the prices seemed a little less than the main restaurant...but reheated food. The gelato there was yummy!

Visited July 2014
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Goodyear, Arizona
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Excellent food and service!”
Reviewed July 2, 2014

This was one of the best Italian restaurants I have had the pleasure to dine it! I am a Italian transplant from NY to AZ and it is so difficult to find really good italian food so, when my family and I stayed in Pismo Beach and were craving Italian food we checked the review here on Tripadvisor. First, let me say it is rare to experience such excellent service these days. I am a former server and I am usually not very happy with the level of service in most restaurants- not here, I was so impressed with the service. The food didn't miss a beat, the pasta was cooked to perfect al-dente, the seafood was perfectly cooked and our daughter still thinks about the lasagna she ordered! If you are in Pismo- eat here.

  • Visited June 2014
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Fresno, California
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95 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
“Not one bad course!”
Reviewed July 2, 2014

We ate here for a wedding reception and had four courses served to us. This consisted of salad, ravioli, pasta with beef and a pesto type chicken. All of them were tasty. The outside garden area for large parties is nice.

Visited June 2014
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