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“Perhaps we ordered the wrong entrees” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Giuseppe’s Cucina Rustica

Giuseppe’s Cucina Rustica
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $31
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Monterey/ Morro
Description: Welcome to Palazzo Giuseppe’s, downtown San Luis Obispo! Our Italian regional specialties are indicative to the Pugliese region in Italy, particularly Bari, a seaport on the Adriatic Sea from which most of our recipes originate. We hope you will enjoy and appreciate our great loyalty to the distinctive dishes, all of which we prepare with genuine and natural ingredients and methods. Our bread is baked from scratch every day in a wood-burning oven imported from Italy. Each loaf is made by hand, allowed to rise four times and slow-cooked to achieve the truly rustic appearance and taste you would find in a Baresi seaside village. DiFronzo is dedicated to producing & growing as many heirloom, organic vegetables, & fruits from his family farm as possible. Gelato, pizzas, & specialties including his estate grown Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, & Syrah. All of this takes time but to us it is an art and a labor of love. We are truly committed to bringing you "cucina genuina."
Monrovia, California
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40 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Perhaps we ordered the wrong entrees”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2012 via mobile

We tried dinner on the recommendation of a winery. Unfortunately our skirt steak entrees were subpar. Dry and drenched in a marinade or sauce served with shriveled potatoes. Not appetizing or worth the price. Appetizer salad with pears and beets was ok and my husbands clam chowder was average. The desserts were good but overall, the food did not measure up to the warm ambiance. I suppose we would have had better luck had we ordered pasta. But, we did ask the server if the steak was worth ordering and she said it was. She should have been honest.

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Thank Dots32729
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Orinda, California, United States
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158 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Authentic Italian Food in a welcoming restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

We enjoyed a wonderful meal of salad, and pizza. It was authentic, just like we recently enjoyed in Florence, Italy! The server was attentive and charming, and the atmosphere welcoming and warm, on a drizzly evening. The owner made rounds through the restaurant sending leftover bread bread home with the diners, a nice touch! We ate there mid week, and although the restaurant was busy, it wasn't loud or crowded. Baseball fans enjoyed a play off game in the restaurant's bar area, creating a lively atmosphere. A great meal!

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Virginia R
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Bandon, Oregon
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Superb!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2012

There is nothing not to like about Giuseppes, the food was great, lots of selection on their food and wine menu, The service was excellent. Lots of atmosphere, Indoor or outdoor seating. Great location. We love SLO, the students add so much vibrancy to the area.
Lots of terrific restaurants in the area.

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank yiena
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32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Good Italian fare”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

Dinner at Palazzo Giuseppe's was an overall good experience. The wait staff are super friendly and most efficient.....a good combination. We sat indoors which my husband thought to be a bit pretentious.....red walls, dark furniture.....but I thought it was was just right. Both our salads, the Della Citta arugula & the Mista, were delicious although I could do with less dressing. My entree, Ravioli di Zucca, were plumply filled ravioli with really fresh butternut squash in a very light creamy sauce. His was linguini with clams but he said the clams were a bit gritty and the sauce was flat tasting. Although the service and the atmosphere were wonderful the food just didn't have the excellent degree I was looking for.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Seapjm
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North Hills
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580 reviews
472 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 292 helpful votes
“Excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2012 via mobile

Our server, Courtney, was excellent and so were the guys who bussed the tables. The three of us each ordered a different appetizers. All three were excellent. They offer a very good selection of wine and we enjoyed a couple of bottles a local Pinot Noir. My entree was the Tompano, which was superb and very filling. One of the others ordered the Flank Steak, which was also excellent. The third member of our group ordered the Frutti de Mare. Also excellent. All on all, a 5 out of 5 rating.

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