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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
  • Email: info@busalacchirestaurants.com
  • Phone: (619) 298-0119
  • 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: 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Went to Busalacchi's A Modo Mio for lunch. There were a couple of tables in the restaurant, so it wasn't busy. The restaurant was out of the wine we ordered. The Caesar salad was the only high point: tangy dressing, crisp lettuces, delicious. The two mains were thoroughly unmemorable: lobster ravioli special was unmemorable, the Granchio had a generous portion of Dungeness crab but was otherwise bland. It was a surprise that two pasta dishes with such potential could fail so spectacularly. We won't be returning."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Not only does Busalacchi's have great food and ambiance, but if you go there enough, you are embraced, literally, by the staff and the owner. You become part of "the family". The only way my first time experience can be exceeded, is to become one of their regulars."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "This was our second time to Busalacchi's; first time at the new location. The first time we were surprised by the quality of food, the excellent service and the ambience. This time the food was poorly prepared and lacked presentation. The pasta and fish did not smell fresh and the lobster bisque was over salted. Adding to this, was a poorly managed staff that was more interested in each other and their friends than the customer. This lack of attention was further demonstrated by mistakes made with orders. I saw three go out with the wrong food, ours was one of them. I got the impression from the staffs' reaction that this happens often. Long story short, we left disappointed with the food and the quality of service."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "This is my second visit to this restaurant. Both times I was very pleased with the food ... awesome rigatoni with spicy sausage! The entire experience from food/wine to service is definitely top notch."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Love this place. We go here for birthdays, graduations, and holidays. I can't find a negative thing to say. The food is great and the service is consistently good."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Another great experience at Busalacchi's. Good wine and cocktails and appetizers, and amazing entrees to choose from. Will definetly be going back, and would highly recommend."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Arrived at Busalachi's a little late. No problem. It was an evening where appetizers were 1/2 price and a list of wines were also half price. Had a Sangiovesse which was super. Our calamari appetizer was great. The romaine salad was fresh and crisp with a delicious dressing. The staff as usual were always there to assist and are so friendly."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "We dined there for our 30th Anniversary dinner. The hostess acknowledged our Anniversary and the waiter did also. We received a complimentary dessert and the plate had Happy Anniversary written on it. The food was wonderful, the service was fantastic and the atmosphere was great!"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "We had a friend who loves this restaurant so we decided to try it. We were disappointed with all our dishes. The bread was tasteless, the pulled pork appetizer lacked any finesse and the special of the day, seafood with black linguini was really awful. The veal marsala also terrible - very sweet and it was served with three pumpkin raviolis that were also too sweet. So sorry we wasted our money"
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "When the waiter asked us for drinks--I said we would like the sangiovese--he said he doubt3d they had it and went to see. To me--wrong attitude--then came back with the bottle and I said I was surprised. We said hold another if it was short stock--he said they had several cases--and I said when you first told me it was doubtful that it was in stock I started looking for another wine. He said he was sorry about what he said. The food was great. The wine prices are way too high though."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "From check-in to receiving our bill. The overall experience was pleasant! I highly recommend Busalacchi's for any special occasion."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Food was excellent. Prices were good and happy hour was a real find. However, the staff was not very attentive, in fact, it felt like they had no time for us. There were very few people there since it was early, but still no one said a word to us, not even "hello" for FIVE minutes. The bartender walked right past us 3 times without a word and it is a small bar. Once seated (after having to close the bar bill before sitting for dinner, which we waited to do) the waitress was great the first time we saw her, but then she didn't return. An expediter took over from there. We never saw her again."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "we were celebrating a birthday and it was just perfect. food was great and loved the live music! would definitely return."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "i always forget about this place because it is such a gem. it has amazing food with a neighborhood atmosphere. service is amazing everyone is sooooo nice and knows the food and drinks!!!! Need to go here more!!! and they have a happy hour menu that rocks!!"
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "WOW WOW WOW, came in Wednesday night with some friends to try the new menu and it was delicious. We had the salmon entree, the carpaccio, the caprese salad, the beet salad, the ahi appetizer, the short rib on potato pancakes and the eggplant and they were all delicious. Great service too"
    Dined on 10/23/2013
  • "1/2 price Qupe Maxtap wines by the glass. Great deal with a well cooked bowl of pasta. Nice experience with good friends."
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "Everything was good, seated on time. Food was prepared well and timely. Pasta dish was very small, about 1 cup including sauce which was noteworthy. At least we had room for dessert!"
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "Selective menu. Friendly and informative wait staff. Food is worthy of Boston's Italian North End."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "There are many nice things about this restaurant but the food isn't really great. I haven't eaten there in some time but they used to have outstanding traditional Italian food. The pro's: great atmosphere-beautiful dining room and outside patio, good wine and bar, great service. Our server brought us warm bread and bruchetta, which was delicious. I ordered a veal marsala and my hubby had the seafood pasta special. Our dishes were just okay - nothing special. The marsala sauce was disappointing because it was too sweet and the seafood pasta was very bland. With so many choices for Italian food in San Diego, I'm just not sure I would give it another try."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "I picked this place for one of our girls' weekly dinners and was pleasantly surprised. We got there about 30 min before happy hour ended and ordered martinis and appetizers all which were really yummy!! For the dinner portion, I had the spaghettini with crab which was cooked to perfection! Will definitely be coming back here!"
    Dined on 10/16/2013
  • "Don't know what's happened here but.... Started off in the bar which was really just fine. The bartender was really nice and sweet and no complaint. Then we had a birthday dinner reservation in the dining room. Apparently we had a "new waiter", someone who had graduated from bartender. He was terrible. Then, the menu was did not parallel what the online menu listed so there was definitely disappointment. The food we did get was NOT amazing. The garlic bread was the highlight. For a special occasion it was less than acceptable."
    Dined on 10/15/2013
  • "Try the Veal Scaloppini, it is the best you will find anyplace. The wine list is good, even by the glass and everything is very reasonably priced. Service is attentive but only when you want it. A true Italian neighborhood gem."
    Dined on 8/29/2013