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

Busalacchi's A Modo Mio

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.busalacchis.com/
  • Phone: 6192980119
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: M-F 11:00am - 2:00pm


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


    Dinner:

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

    Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian, Sicilian
  • 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 6192980119
  • 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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Busalacchi's A Modo Mio reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (26)fit for foodies (19)romantic (18)special occasion (18)neighborhood gem (18)good for groups (11)late-night find (8)notable wine list (6)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (3)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • sophia
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This has quickly become one of my favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Best!
    JdinsdVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Our favorite restaurant in SD...we bring family and friends there conatsntly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Patio
    Babs4316VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    A fun place to go in hillcrest for great Italian food.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disappoints.
    Rose
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superior
    luvgreatfood
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The atmosphere was wonderful and the food was excellent. Superior evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • JdinsdVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Our favorite restaurant in Hillcrest. We recommend it to all our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Best Italian for me in San Diego! We always take out of town guests
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JdinsdVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This is one of our favorite restaurants in San Diego! Always the best of everything. Always feel very welcome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian
    Lee123VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yum!
    TRev75
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Great service. Thank you Mario! Food had great taste and a romantic outside patio
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, patio service...not
    KenW
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    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 .
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant !!
    Luigi
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The food, service were very good. We especially enjoyed the appetizers. The food quality is out
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem outside Little Italy
    LoveToEat
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Great little restaurant with excellent food, quiet and romantic. Well worth a taxi drive!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, personal service
    TheGoldenGeek
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time there
    BigD
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Great staff. Very helpful. The meal- seafood pasta was superlative.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 422 reviews are from the Busalacchi's A Modo Mio reviews archive.
  • Good food, slow-ish service
    MPT1
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Had my daughters 17th birthday dinner at Busalacchi's and it was excellent. Service was more than competent and the food was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    LovefoodVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Restaurants
    JdinsdVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find for a Frequent Traveler
    Much2Compare2
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic Italian
    MangiaBene
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    A classic Italian restaurant with the wonderful ambiance and food to create a special evening. THE Osso Buco should not be missed!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Drove down from North County with friends for dinner. Really enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Surprise on Sundays!
    JohnKVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wine prices
    Green1
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    There are not enough wines in the $25-$35 per bottle range, and many are overpriced
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    Sunandsand4me
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Dining Experience
    Yanboy
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very accomodating
    YiaYia
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was Valentine's Day!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Lobster Bisque ever!
    ohlinda
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and food
    ch8ngo
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • drop in successful
    Imspicey
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had much better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was reliably good, service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La buona vita...
    BMac
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    All four of us in our party enjoyed the food and wine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic location but food...eh
    jennyleesd
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food is ok
    dpkraftVIP
    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....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate