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Busalacchi's A Modo Mio
Busalacchi's A Modo Mio

Busalacchi's A Modo Mio Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.busalacchis.com
  • Phone: (619) 298-0119
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: M-F 11:00am - 2:00pm

    Sat and Sun: 2:00pm- 10:00


    Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm,

    Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Sicilian, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Joe Busalacchi
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a newly remodeled upstairs dining that seats up to 65.
  • Private Party Contact: Joey Busalacchi (619) 298-0119
  • Entertainment: Live music Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pennsylvania
  • Public Transit: Bus stop within 2 blocks.
    Taxi stand 2 blocks away.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking
A word from Busalacchi's A Modo Mio
We opened this restaurant in 1986 for Joe to showcase his culinary talents and to have a place for our customers to come to have a fine meal and always feel "at home." We carefully select our staff so that they become a part of our family and then in turn, you do too!

After spending much time in our restaurants, our son Joey decided that he, too, wanted to become a part of them. We feel so confident in his skills that we have now turned the management of Busalacchi's over to him.

Please enjoy your time with us, and if there is anything at all that we can do for you please do not hesitate to ask. We want you to have a memorable dining experience at Busalacchi's.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Loved everything about my experience here! The server was very knowledgeable and polite. Food was outstanding! I suffer from celiacs disease and they catered to my need for gluten free food."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "This has quickly become one of my favorite restaurants."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Our favorite restaurant in SD...we bring family and friends there conatsntly!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We hadn't been here in years, but we'd be having drinks down the street and thought dinner here might be a good fit. The patio is very nice on a lovely summer evening and really made our night. Service was capable but not particularly thoughtful or friendly. The food was only marginal... short ribs were good, salmon with gnocchi was acceptable, shrimp was only okay. The wine list is overpriced. Dessert was good -- we all shared a nice cannolli... how can you go wrong there? A table full of crying babies didn't enhance our stay and we left earlier than we had planned. Just wasn't thrilled - not sure why others think it's so great - seems to be full of "regulars" with their own little name plates reserving tables which is cool."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "A fun place to go in hillcrest for great Italian food."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Busalacchi's A Modo Mio is a favorite of mine. The service is always spot on; Joey B. is out and about making sure everything is just right. Besides the fact that every dish is delicious, you never leave feeling overstuffed. Great place for a birthday dinner - ask Mario to sing Happy Birthday in Italian. One of my favorite Italian restaurants in the city!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The atmosphere was wonderful and the food was excellent. Superior evening."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Our favorite restaurant in Hillcrest. We recommend it to all our friends."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Best Italian for me in San Diego! We always take out of town guests"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite restaurants in San Diego! Always the best of everything. Always feel very welcome."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "this was my first visit to Busalacchi's, and will not be my last. I will definitely return anytime I am in San Diego. the atmosphere was very elegant, the staff was friendly and the waitress I had was extremely knowledgeable about the menu. my food was exceptional, enjoyed every bite!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great service. Thank you Mario! Food had great taste and a romantic outside patio"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Busalacchi's -our first visit a few weeks ago was a spur of the moment stop for dessert, service and food in the main dining room were great (made at another Busalacchi restaurant, Cafe Zucchero in Little Italy, where we have dined 3 times and loved both the food and the welcoming staff). We chose to sit on the patio, and our server made us feel rushed and committed one of the cardinal sins of service-mentioning how busy he was dealing with a large party at another table. Our entrees were excellent, and the patio is a beautiful place to dine. We'll probably give it another try based on our first visit, but the contrast between the service in the main dining room and the patio was pretty glaring ."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The food, service were very good. We especially enjoyed the appetizers. The food quality is out"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Great little restaurant with excellent food, quiet and romantic. Well worth a taxi drive!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "We took a friend from out of town here for an early dinner and were rewarded with a beautifully presented and fine-tasting meal, along with service that felt personal and intimate--like we were neighborhood friends. I enjoyed an Italian greyhound, a specialty vodka drink with grapefruit juice, while my companions liked the house chardonnay. We started with the crusty bruschetta, just perfect to the tooth and garlic-aromatic. I had a Caesar salad with anchovies, parmesan, and an oil-and-vinegar dressing, while our guest enjoyed a kale salad with pine nuts. For entrees, we enjoyed butternut squash, veal limone with mushrooms and capers, and a stuffed pork special. We shared a chocolate cake with white chocolate frosting for dessert. Fabulous!"
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Great staff. Very helpful. The meal- seafood pasta was superlative. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "We came to celebrate my birthday mid-week, so the place wasn't super busy. The waiter was friendly, but a bit slow. I was drinking martinis, and twice I watched while the bartender poured my drink and it sat on the bar getting warm for ten minutes before the waiter brought it to our table. However, the food was good and the other staff were pretty attentive, so overall it was a pleasant experience."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Had my daughters 17th birthday dinner at Busalacchi's and it was excellent. Service was more than competent and the food was outstanding."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "I go to Busalacchis all the time. I love the place, the food is amazing, and the service is excellent. So I do recommend this place and I hope my review helps."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "I always feel welcome and special at Busalacchi's... Had the best Carbonara I have ever had and will continue to come back, bringing new people as oftern as possible."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "In town to visit family and wanted a good place to enjoy a well prepared food with personable service that had ambiance. Busalacchi's was the perfect place."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "A classic Italian restaurant with the wonderful ambiance and food to create a special evening. THE Osso Buco should not be missed!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Drove down from North County with friends for dinner. Really enjoyed it."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Little did we know that all appetizers & wines by the glass were 1/2 price on Sundays! A nice surprise for our group of 7. Waiter Oscar was fantastic as were all of our selections. 3 Had the lasagna with 4 cheeses & spicy sausage & all raved but my wife confessed, the lasagna that's made with short ribs is even better. 2 Veal orders were wonderful as was the Short Rib order from #6. I stuck with my favorite - Spaghettini Granchio. Incredible! At half-price, the Bruschetta & the Costatine apps were wonderful. Salads were nicely chilled but the Hearts of Romaine were old & limp. We shared 2 "Lava" cakes.....very chocolatety...but far from "lava" warm....they were actually cold which was disappointing. - John & Beth"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "There are not enough wines in the $25-$35 per bottle range, and many are overpriced"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We went for a birthday dinner for my boyfriend. It was our first time at the restaurant. The ambiance was romantic and warm. The food was incredible. We were very happy with the experience. Our server Mario went above and beyond for us and made the night perfect."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "This is the new location for a well-known restaurant in the Hillcrest area. Great outdoor seating area and wonderful service. Food is not your regular Italian fare, but very reasonably priced. Started with flatbread with carmelized onions, blue cheese and panchetta with a drizzle of olive oil that was gently toasted. Wonderful!!! My husband had his favorite, Spaghetti Carbonara and was not disappointed. I had the nicely spiced Spaghettini Granchio, crab pasta served with a brandy saffron cream and topped with a crunchy fried soft-shell crab. So very good!! Finished with a expresso mousse cake that was equally as good. Wait staff is exceptional. Near the end of our early dinner, a soft jazz trio arrived. A wonderful evening!!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Impressive service! We had 5:30 reservations, it was raining heavily so we were a bit late, I mentioned that we needed to be at a local event by 7 they said no problem. Our waiter kept a good eye for our progress and brought our selections promptly, but without rushing us or being obtrusive. The Carbonara was delicious! The tiramisu was moist and rich but not heavy, even had time for coffee. Truly a great experience!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We hadn't been to Bussalacchi's for years and when we wanted to take some friends out, we decided to revisit the restaurant. We made reservations for 6:00 and when we were unable to get there by that time, a call to the restaurant to see if we could get in a little later, they were very accommodating and took care of our needs. Not a long once we arrived and our server was exceptional. She was friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. We all enjoyed delicious meals. I would certainly recommend Bussalacchi's Mio Modo to anyone, it is a great place to dine."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Even though we had reservations, we were seated in a table in the middle of the room, in an awkward spot. The moment we sat down, we were asked for our drink order, before we even had a chance to look at the drink menu. We eventually placed our salad and dinner order, and our server seemed as if he was listening to what we were saying, as he appeared to be writing something down. Our entrées arrived and we were perplexed, as we had all ordered salads to precede our dinners. We asked our server, and he exclaimed that 'he had not even written any salads down'. As a concession, he offered to pay for our desserts. Perhaps they were having an off night; Busalacchi's has a great patio space and they have live music on Friday and Saturdays."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The restaurant is quite well decorated and has a wonderful romantic ambiance. It was mine and my boyfriend's first time at the restaurant and it was Valentine's day. I imagine it would be a very different experience on just about any other night of the year. That said, we enjoyed ourselves very. Definitely a great place for a date and an anniversary."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This was our 1st visit and we were pleased we chose Busalacchi's for dinner. (Monday night) We absolutely loved the Lobster Bisque- rich, creamy and LOBSTER! We also loved the Bruschetta for an appetizer- the bread it was served on was "oh so yummy". Suggestions- Happy Hour menu should give discount on hard liquor as well as wine. When family w/small children come in later- you should not seat them next to an adult couple having dinner when there are plenty of other tables... (we love children but had come for a romantic dinner experience) Thank you again"
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "Dined with 4 other friends and were sat in a private room right off the patio....it was perfect intimate room for our group. The restaurant has happy hour specials throughout the week. Thursday, we happened upon 1/2 off glasses of wine all night and were pleased with the quality of the wines offered by the glass. Dinner consisted of beef carpaccio - seems to a have needed a tad more acid and fat to balance it out, Caesar salad with white anchovies (love white anchovies), lobster bisque was pretty good, braised short ribs were flavorful and tender. We would order all these items again with the exception of the carpaccio....just a personal preference on that one. Quality of the the ingredients was evident. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "looking for a place in the hillcrest area and saw this on open table. Have always wanted to try it and now i'm sad i haven't gone earlier. We able to get a table later in the evening, the service was great and all of us had clean plates. The portion size was perfect and i love when a restaurant is capable of doing that so you can share apps, have an entree, and then still enjoy dessert. I also loved how they followed up via telephone to see if our dining experience was good. I thought that was really following through. will be back!"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "We both have the same dish it was veal Parmesan extremely paper thin slices of veal extremely dry tasting a thin strip in center of Parmesan and sauce on it way too thin piece of meat way over cooked the worse we both ever had. The chef does not know how to make this dish properly I suggest he goes to good Italian restaurants and gets some tips. Waste of $ the cannoli was the size of my tiny pinky. Would not go back"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Food was reliably good, service friendly and attentive. Live music can overwhelm conversation unless one is seated far enough away from the source (we were). Staff handled Restaurant Week crowd flawlessly, and the menu of Restaurant Week items was varied enough so there were sufficient choices for everyone in our group."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "All four of us in our party enjoyed the food and wine."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "I went to this place because of a BOGO coupon I found in one of the San Diego booklets. I ordered the ribs with risotto, which was flavorful at times and bland at others. My date ordered the veal, which he seemed to like, but left the gnocci, since he said there was no flavor. I will say that the people next to use ordered the chick and the steak, both of them cleaned their plates, so maybe we just ordered wrong. The wine menu was nice. The best thing about this place is the location. It is a little dark inside, but if you are looking for something romantic and lively, your best bet is to request outdoor seating. They have individual table heaters, so you are never cold and each table is lit by candle light. Very romantic."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "I went there about 30years ago and the food was GREAT! This time I'd honestly have to say it was ok. The Veal Parmigiana was almost TV dinnerish...."
    Dined on 1/17/2014