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“Tuesday night is Chippano night”

Rosa's Italian Restaurant
Ranked #11 of 105 Restaurants in Pismo Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Rosa's Italian Restaurant in Pismo Beach, CA culminates 50 years of restaurant experience in regional Italian cuisine to create a family operated dining destination by the sea. The combination of Chef Doug MacMillan's Northern Italian cuisine apprenticeship with the Southern Italian family recipes he learned from his mother, Rosa, produces multiple award winning entrees with the freshest and finest quality ingredients. Classic and specialty Italian dishes such as Tortellini Con Quattro Formagio, Veal Piccata, and Pasta California will excite your taste buds and keep you returning time and time again. Our history begins with Rosa, whose journey to the Central Valley of California started in Avellino, Italy, located between Naples and the Mediterranean Sea. After moving to America and marrying Bill MacMillan, the two opened up their first restaurant in 1966. In 1988 when they moved the restaurant to Pismo Beach is when their son, Chef Doug, took over the kitchen. We are customer service oriented, and each of our dishes are made with the same care as if you were in our kitchen at home. In addition to a full menu for dine in a takeout, we offer a full bar with cocktails, beer, and an extensive wine list available to order by the glass and bottle. Our Happy Hour is Sunday through Thursday nights from 4PM - 6PM where we offer $2 off wells, cocktails, and drafts. Our professional staff is ready to welcome you. Come join us for fine Italian dining in a relaxed atmosphere and let us show you the tastes of Italy.
Turlock, ca
Level 6 Contributor
129 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 214 helpful votes
“Tuesday night is Chippano night”
Reviewed January 28, 2012

Sounds crazy but we try to travel to Pismo especially for Rosa's chippino on Tuesday night. To die for and I have had chippino in many countries and this is among the best I have had in years. Just notice how many "locals" eat at Rosa's...Is your mouth watering yet?

Visited January 2012
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Newport, Oregon
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Food is A+ : Staff is B+”
Reviewed January 18, 2012

In all, this place rates an *Excellent* but the hostess station can be a bit spotty (and unattentive/unfriendly) at times. But the food and waitstaff more than make up for it. The best veal piccata we've ever had, with both capers and caper berries, and an unbelievably rich and satisfying sauce, really wonderful stuff, and at around $17, pretty affordable for good veal served in tender slices. Their whole mini-loaf table bread is dense and crusty and light all at the same time. Don't leave Pismo without trying it. Dinner service during prime time is busy busy busy, so plan accordingly...

  • Visited January 2012
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california
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great Italian Dinner with Wonderful Service”
Reviewed January 6, 2012

In driving my daughter back to Cal Poly, we stayed once again at Pismo. At the recommendation of the hotel's front desk, they suggested Rosa's. It was wonderful! Food (I had calamari appetizer and salad, my daughter the Fettucini Chicken Alfredo). Their wine was wonderful and the service perfect. Even on New Year's Day, there was a packed house, but we got in within 5 minutes. Atmosphere with white table cloths was lovely. Dinner was $40, so good price too! Will defintely be back to Rosa's.

  • Visited January 2012
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Gold Coast, AUS
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
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“Classic Italian..!!!”
Reviewed January 5, 2012

My wife and I recently visted Los Angeles. We are from Australia. We rented a car and drove to Pismo Beach specifically to spend the night in a most beautiful California mid-coast town and to go to Rasa's. The lasagna is spectacular. Always a great night. Rosa's hold very special memories for me. I'll definitely be back.

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San Francisco, California
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3 reviews
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“Excellent Food!”
Reviewed December 17, 2011

The food was excellent! Loved the service! The pasta was home made and the tiramisu was delicious!

Visited December 2011
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