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“Open for breakfast on a street where few are.”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Cafe Zucchero

Cafe Zucchero
Ranked #245 of 4,716 Restaurants in San Diego
Price range: US$15 - US$30
Cuisines: Italian, Cafe
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Good for: Romantic, Kids, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Joe and Frank Busalacchi created this Italian Cafe'-style concept, and you'll find that this delightful setting gets attention around the clock. Casual and spirited food is served. Breakfast, Lunch and dinner are served daily. Diners enjoy lingering over coffee and sumptuous desserts created by pastry maker Frank who was trained by a Sicilian master. Whether you are in the mood for pizza, pasta, seafood, chicken, or veal, this is the place. Also, make sure you treat your sweet tooth to one of the sinful desserts.Here you'll find some of the most incredible delectables not found anywhere else in San Diego. You would have to go to Sicily to find items such as the cassata Sicilian, "the cake of Sicily," a beautiful creation of marzipan, sponge cake, ricotta, and fruits with a pretty floral design. It, like the pastries, desserts, and gelato, is made fresh on the premises.There's more: try the arancini, a fried golden brown rice ball filled with meat or mozzarella cheese, or sample the calzone or brioche filled with meat or peas. After your meal you also simply must try the homemade gelato, featured in flavors such as, pistachio, strawberry, hazelnut, chocolate chip, or limone.Cafe' Zucchero's menu lists fine panini (sandwiches) such as the Italiano with eggplant, mozzarella cheese, and extra virgin olive oil, or the pollo (with grilled chicken, onions, avocado, and tomato).There are a few pasta/risotto dishes - try the pasta with Italian sausage, capers, olives, and tomatoes. The contadina also is a good choice.
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“Open for breakfast on a street where few are.”
Reviewed 2 May 2014

We stayed at the La Pensione across the street and found this café, the only one, open at 7:00AM. Sit inside or outside, table service, or carry out, it is all wonderful food. The first morning I order just a breakfast (Mc)muffin, to find out for them it is a four egg omelet with cheese in a sandwich with sausage. Powering down the second morning ordering a la carte and still a challenge. Did I mention that the waiter, same one each day, owns your time when you are there, be prepared to participate. Highly recommended for food, ambiance, and charming service.

Visited April 2014
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Hayden Lake, ID
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“The competition is pretty fierce”
Reviewed 28 April 2014

Our salads were good but not outstanding. Unfortunately this is like being just okay in New Orleans. It's not good enough. You could do better, except for the focaccia bread, which was great. I ate too much of that!!

Visited April 2014
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Reviewed 27 February 2014

Excellent breakfast! starts at 7:30am. The orange sliced cannolies are awesome. The omeletts are yummy and huge.

Visited February 2014
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Watertown, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Best Desserts!”
Reviewed 1 February 2014

Cafe Zucchero was my favorite part of San Diego! When we moved to Boston, the first place I looked for was something similar to Cafe Zucchero.

Visited March 2013
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Detroit, Michigan
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“Great food, great location”
Reviewed 1 January 2014 via mobile

Oh my, the food was amazing! The menu has many options for lunch. The portions are large, so expect to take some home with you. They had an excellent win menu, however we did not order any.

The service was great. The host was very friendly. We were seated right away; inside and outside option. The location is right at the Little Italy sign on India St.

And I can't forget to mention the cannolis!! Oh my goodness...so delicious! Definitely save room for one.

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Frankie B, Public Relations Manager at Cafe Zucchero, responded to this review, 3 January 2014
Ciao Megnolia!

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such an awesome review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience with us! It is always lovely to hear that customers enjoy the food, service, ambiance and dessert!! Visit us next time you are in town!

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