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“Authentic feel but not food”
Review of Cafe Zucchero

Cafe Zucchero
Ranked #15 of 151 Dessert in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$30
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Reservations
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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37 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Authentic feel but not food”
Reviewed 15 July 2014

This looks like authentic Italian with Italian guys sitting in front and the owner singing for intertainment but the food was mediocre at best. Marinara sauce was out of a can and the bread was dry pizza crust. The chicken parmesan was dry and tasteless. Try the restaurant next door.

Visited July 2014
Thank DrDianaSacramento
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Very tasty”
Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

Was looking for a nice snack after a day at the beach. We definitely found it here. The pastries were fresh and the flavors were great.

Thank Janine W
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A Taste of Italy”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

The gelato was as good as you will find in Italy. The pastries are both beautiful and delicious. The atmosphere is very welcoming and the staff was very friendly.

Visited June 2014
Thank Gayle S
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Riverside, California
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“If you like Italian Cookies and Pastry - This is the place...”
Reviewed 12 June 2014

Growing up in Brooklyn New York, there were many Italian Bakeries.

In California, I have found very few who come anywhere close to Brooklyn.

Café Zucchero is one of the those places with great Italian Cookies and Pastry.

I have been here three times, and it was wonderful each time.

Until I read the other reviews I did not know Café Zucchero had real food, I come for the deserts and coffee.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank John B
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Dana Point, California
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Yummy Breakfast”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

The food is really good and our waiter was very friendly. Would love to try this place for dinner. They have a nice patio as well.

Visited May 2014
Thank SCbeachbum123
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