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“Just great!”
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: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, 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 August 13, 2014

Pismo as a town appears to have two sides, the roads nearest the beach ( at the pier ) aren't served by the best looking resturants, bars or multiple tattoo parlours, but, step bak a block and you're transported to price street. Lined with sandwich bars during the day and a wide choice of restaurants in the evening. Guise peps looked to be the best and did not disappoint. 20 minutes waiting for our table was spent at the friendly bar, where you can pre-order. The food was great, family friendly and a wide choice of wholesome italian food. Great service from Dustin and a very reasonable bill. 3 mains, 2 deserts and 2 bottles of wine $115 before tip - a great final meal before we moved onto the next stop of our holiday.

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Thank Jegmot
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Reviewed August 11, 2014 via mobile

If you stop on US1, this is probably the best Italian place you can go to. Every course is a dream. The special pizzas are worth asking what is recommended. For dessert, the Cannoli are as good as those I had in Italy.
On top, service is A+. The kind of service you tip 20%, because they are worth it.

Thank armintoepfer
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Reviewed August 10, 2014

The restaurant was very busy but they managed to get the 5 of us seated in 10 mins. JT our server was just exceptional, the best on our two week holiday, informally attentive making us feel relaxed and special in equal measure. The food is great Italian fare, we had a good mix between the 5 of us and it was all first class. The spaghetti meatball dish initially looked like quite a small serving, but it was so filling that my husband struggled to finish it! However he did and he loved it. We all thought it was reasonably priced and very good value for money, and would not hesitate to go back.

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Thank Anne-Marie66
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Reviewed August 10, 2014

Overall, this was worth the hour wait for our table. The bread was a bit on the crispy side, but the parmesan olive oil dipping sauce was excellent. Mom had the della citta salad; she said it was the best salad she ever ate! The roasted golden and red beet salad was on the sweet side, but fresh,unique, and delicious. The butternut squash ravioli was amazing...rich but not overly sweet- a worthy indulgence. The baked eggplant was also delicious, too...accompanying rigatoni could have been more al dente, though. We had the mud pie dessert. Unfortunately, it was forgettable. The restaurant's interior is a tight space, but it is charming and comfortable. Our waiter was polite, helpful, but not intrusive. We'll return.

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Thank HorseTrippin
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Reviewed August 9, 2014

Service and food was really good especially the pizza. They do a great thing with the bread and Parmesan cheese which is a free starter in its own right. However beware that they do not take bookings and we waited 40 mins for a table. They were really slow clearing and setting up new tables which was frustrating. Shame cos the food was good

Thank Alistair G
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