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“Handmade Gnocchi -yum”
Review of Giuseppe's Cucina Italiana - CLOSED

Giuseppe's Cucina Italiana
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $39
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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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“Handmade Gnocchi -yum”
Reviewed November 13, 2010

Stopped in here for their pizza, but ended up having the gnocchi, glad we did. Two types are served, potato gnocchi in a tomato based sauce, and spinach gnocchi with cheese. It made for a colorful plate and was very delicious. Started off our Weekend right!

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Sacramento, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Simply The Best”
Reviewed September 17, 2010

Nothing on the Central Coast (or anywhere else for that matter except where my other half is from - Napoli) can compare to the authenticity, bounty of portions, and sheer noisy fun of Giuseppe's, including the bread!! Take it all in and what you cannot finish, take out for a later treat.

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Encinitas, California
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Worth the drive”
Reviewed July 29, 2010

We first went to Guiseppes 15 years ago and have stopped in several times since. Always great food, suggest the Rack of Lamb and pizza. The prices are more than we would typically spend for dinner but this is our "splurge" and well worth it!

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Miami, Florida
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Delicious Pizzas, good ambiance, great service”
Reviewed July 28, 2010

Enjoyed very much delicious pizzas & salad.
Service was above average and very good ambiance.
Highly recommended.

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Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“hope you like accordion music”
Reviewed June 5, 2010

Great service, fast and courteous. Place gets full quickly (by 7pm) on the friday we went.
Food is fine but a little on the expensive side compared with other resorts we've been to.

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