Jack & Giulio's Italian Restaurant
Jack & Giulio's Italian Restaurant

Jack & Giulio's Italian Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.jackandgiulios.com/
  • Phone: 6192942074
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Giulio
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room
  • Private Party Facilities: Our balcony is available for private parties.
  • Private Party Contact: Jack 6192942074

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Arista
  • Public Transit: Centrally located in Old Town within walking distance from Trolley Station.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available, as well as in our private lot.
A word from Jack & Giulio's Italian Restaurant
Jack and Giulio's Italian restaurant has remained a favorite of San Diegans for many years. This popular restaurant, formerly known as Giulio's of Pacific Beach, has proudly served the "Best Scampi" since 1961. In addition to this popular dish, this family-owned and operated restaurant offers many homemade pastas, veal, poultry, beef, and seafood specialties.
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Jack & Giulio's Italian Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
27 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (19)romantic (14)fit for foodies (13)special occasion (11)neighborhood gem (11)good for groups (4)notable wine list (2)scenic view (1)great for lunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Rolowalkin
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The food was excellent, the service was great, I highly recommend Jack and Giulio's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JACK & GIULIO’S
    DonF
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    One of my favorite restaurants in San Diego. I have been coming to this restaurant since the early 1970's when it was located in PB. Its current location in Old Town is even better since it is quite close to where I stay in Mission Hills.. The Scampi alla Giulio is the best ever and I defy anyone to find a better entre when ordering shrimp.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for a nice business dinner
    MsDine
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Had a chance to talk since it wasn't noisy. My dish was supposed to have a side of pasta. I asked for gluten free. They only had 'tubes'. Brought me a whole bowl of them along with my chicken Marsala. Had to ask them to put on one dish. Treat yourself to the chocolate mousse. Yum! Booths are a bit tight to put four people at (normal size people).
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Favorite
    Emley
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We met friends at Giulio's and had a perfect corner table where we could see the lovely lit patio. I had the Valdostana di Vitello and my husband had their other specialty Scampi alla Giulio. Both were amazing. The scampi was perfectly cooked and the sauce was light and not overpowering. (I'll order that next time.) Every bite of my Valdostana was delicious. We were going to share our meals, but we each enjoyed them so much there was no passing! For desert we had the ricotta cheesecake which rivaled what we had enjoyed at a hill top town in Italy. Guilio still works in the kitchen insuring each dish is perfect. A very nice man. Extremely enjoyable evening. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful!!!!!!
    Tallgirl
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I went to this restaurant almost 20 years ago. I was worried because Yelp gave the place a bad review. I was there with my mom and brother. I believe Gabriel was our server. He was excellent and attentive. I came down from Temecula, which was an hour away. We were not disappointed. Even when I called to cage my reservation from 530 to 600, the hostess was very pleasant on the phone. She even told me to drive carefully. Will be going back with hubby.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MollyDooker
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    When I go to an Italian restaurant I try the osso bucco or cioppino in this case I had the cioppino and I must say it is one of the better places to have it. Not too heavy on the tomatoes and enough seafood flavor served over spaghetti al dente. I would recommend this cioppino to anyone. The kicker were the baby lobster tails. I would recommend the valpolicella wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    exceptional food was fantastic service was exemplary
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Remember the customer
    LizzieB05
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The food was good. The service needs a dose of reality. I have marked this down over that one thing. The menu had a Veal Escaloppe with your choice of pasta or vegetables. I asked to have spaghetti. I was shown a section of print at the bottom saying 'no substitutions allowed' he said it was Rigatoni and as the owner was the chef, there were no exceptions. Then they served Penne, not Rigatoni! LOL. They also brought my husband's starter of bruschetta after the main courses had arrived. Really though, it was arrogant service totally out of place in America where we have been blown away by the service. The chef may be the owner but it is the customer who keeps the restaurant afloat, bills paid and the owner in business.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Food was very good and menu broad. They had gluten free options but do not make other changes to dishes. Service was a bit rushed - they wanted to give us our main courses half way through our appetizers. Authentic Italian feel & the live music was a nice touch.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bus boy incredibly rude
    lovegreatfood
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I have always liked Jack & Julio's. However, the service we got from the middle aged busboy (whatever he was) was awful. My chair needed to be wiped off. This man seemed annoyed at my request and made a big fuss of wiping off the chair. The table was next to a large plant which prevented a friend from siting. This waiter/busboy started breaking branches off the plant and throwing them on the ground. Then he decided that our table needed to be moved to allow more room for the waiter. This brought attention to the fact that one of our party was a large person. Our table should have been moved to begin with and this whole uncomfortable episode could have been avoided instead of making my birthday celebration unpleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Great salads and Scampi. Food was excellent and setting is very romantic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • J and G's
    rish3
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We have been going to Jack and Giulio's since they were in PB. We were thrilled to learn that they moved to Old Town. We have been to J and G's many times and never fail to have a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 265 reviews are from the Jack & Giulio's Italian Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Great . . . again!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We took a friend visiting from Arizona. He loved it as much as we do. It's our go-to place for special occasions--and fantastic food!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dinahVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    The food is fine but not exceptional or special. The service was most attentive.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not happy
    Unhappy
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    First let me start by saying we have been to Jack and Giulios almost everytime we visit San Diego but we will not be returning. Our server did not interduce herself to start. The food was horrible. This has never been the case when we have visited. The buschetta had no taste to it at all. The chicken fettuccine was bland as well. I had ordered wine for dinner that I was very pleased with but our server never came back to ask if I would like another glass wich I would have decently taken. Before arriving my fiancé and discussed using Jack and Giulios for our wedding rehearsal dinner but unfortantly will not be returning.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exquisite restaurant
    Kovy
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I used to be a regular at this fine restaurant and often brought family and clients there. Business took me away for 8 years. When I came home I very pleased to find that Jack & Julio's had maintained the excellence that I remember. I will be a regular again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Absolutely delicious pasta
    sharethebestVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Really enjoyed Jack and Guilio's for a pre-marathon dinner We had a lot of delicious food, i think the best of which was the Angel Hair pasta and the Lasagna…. very fresh and fabulous! Jack the owner was very nice and he made us feel like we were personal guests. The waitress was sweet and meant well, but seemed inexperienced. We sat outside and it was a very nice evening,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Viva Italia
    ItalianFanatic
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Have visited Jack and Giulio's over past 45 years, and have always been very pleased with the quality of food. I highly recommend the Veal Scalopini Marsala.. The best I have ever had of ANY Italian restaurant. They have a good selection of Wine, to go with any dish served. While pricing of the selections seems a bit higher than many expect for an Italian place, the location demands a higher operating cost, and I do not mind paying the small amount more.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Jack & Guilio's Restaurant
    LifeIsGood
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We go there for birthday celebrations. The food and service is great -- their shrimp scampi is outstanding. I have also had the veal piccata which is very good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinnerontime
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We have been dining at Gluio's since they were down at the beach. Now that we live in Phoenix, we make a trip over at least once a year so that we can get our Scampi Giulio fix. Our daughter's rehearsal dinner was at Jack and Julio's a number of years ago and it was lovely. We'd recommend the intimate, friendly setting, elegant food and great wine list. Patio dining is perfect when the weather permits as the noise level is a bit lower than indoors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Since I was a kid!
    kiki
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We started going to Giulio's in Pacific Beach when I was a kid. In all these years, the quality has remained consistently outstanding, and it's a family favorite for special occasions. It's my Mom's favorite restaurant, so there's never any doubt about where to take her for Mother's Day!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not as good as it used to be in PB
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Scampi was OK. Veal & eggplant parmesan was dry. Minestrone was bland and not Italian.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OK
    FoodEval
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    I expected much better when I saw that Zagats gave it 27 out of 30 for food. It was OK, and old-line. Very traditional Italian food from restauratns from the 70s and 80s. In fact, I see the place started in the 60s. I had a seafood stew that was good, though a coupld of the tiems we some overcooked. I went to Solare in Point Lomo and liked it much better.
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  • Yummy pasta & wonderful waiters
    Lovethewine
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    My daughters and I had a great dinner here. Our waiter was friendly and fun. It was a great place, cute comfortable feeling.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great experience
    nydad
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Although this was our 1st visit, my wife & I were welcomed like old friends. The service was wonderful, the wine recommendation was spot on. The food brought back memories of the meals our mothers served when we were young, the deserts were great. We were visiting San Diego, if we lived in the area this would be a place to go on a regular basis.
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    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • STILL ONE OF THE BEST IN SAN DIEGO
    SteveCVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    My wife and I have been coming here for several years whenever we are in the area for a visit. We originally found this place by accident and we have never had a bad meal here. The check can be a little pricey if you have drinks and dessert however, everything on the menu is outstanding and the service great. While most would probably describe the menu as gourmet Italian food, I am not a fan of gourmet food in general and yet this place is the best! I highly recommend trying the Tortellini Verdi as it is outstanding.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Scampi to Die For
    DVonB
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    For well over 30 years we have gone to Jack and Giulio's for SCAMPI GIULIO'S. It is so rare that you can continue to get this awesome dish time after time over that long a period and it still pleases every time. I'm not sure that scampi could be done better anywhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Improved Menu
    bigmattVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Has been a while since previous visit. Menu has undergone updating, much improved. Additions to our liking; veal & eggplant parmigiana was my choice an dit was very good; will have again next visit. My lady always has the shrimp scampi and did again, she loved it. Wine list has also been revised, most new labels I'm familiar, but reasonably priced. Nice alfresco dining area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Memorably consistent
    MaryLiz
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    We have been going to this restaurant for almost 40 years for its signature " Scampi Giulio" and it has NEVER disappointed. The dish itself is outstanding ( giant butterflied shrimp, lightly breaded, in a champagne, mushroom, butter sauce) that you devour and then reach for a piece of bread to slather and capture any remaining sauce. The chef owner, in his 80's , learned to cook from his father in a restaurant in the shadows of the Milan Opera House, and carried his recipes with him to San Diego. It's a treat to share this delight with anyone who comes to our city for a visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old Town Restaurant
    JazzLoversVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    This restaurant has a very relaxed atmosphere. The sauce used on the spaghetti was exceptional. It had a very rich, deep flavor. The Caesar salad portion is plenty to split between a couple. Our waiter was very attentive, making sure to keep our wine glasses filled. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for something other than Mexican while in Old Town.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing!
    ParentsWeekendYr2
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Hostess, bartender & our waiter were all very friendly! The food was "average" at best! Although restaurant is located in Old Town, we were hopeful this restaurant would surprise us. It didn't! We will not return..
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  • Food was good! really liked
    Nannok
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Food was good! really liked the Scampi , which is their speciality. ...This restaurant was recommended by a friend.and didn't disappoint ! Service was a different story. ...waitress was surly with us ans was already getting her tip since we were a large party.....hire some friendly staff. .
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was very good
    christeve
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    1. Arrived there earlier than the reserved time (like 30 minutes early) but wasn't able to accommodate us to have a table early. At least we were offered to sit at the bar first while waiting. 2. Service was slow and not attentive (ex: slow at taking our order, bringing plates, and hot water was empty for a while but no one come to give us refill or ask if we needed more water). It was not easy to get attention from a waiter/waitress but finally we got our hot water refilled. 3. Food was excellent! Size was good too.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • In the mood for excellent Italian?
    CheryB371
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    If you are, this is the place to go in Old Town. Everything we had was fantastic. The staff was extremely friendly & accommodating. We will definitely go back on our next visit to San Diego.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was great! Parking in
    JoeTVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Food was great! Parking in the area is challenging.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Bizz
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    After reading other reviews, I was disappointed in the food here. My husband & I split the house salad of romaine, Parmesan, walnuts and tomatoes with a house dressing. The lettuce was limp and cut in small pieces rather than torn. The grated Parmesan cheese was almost non-existent and only a few grape tomatoes graced the salad. My husband enjoyed his veal Marsala that had lots of mushrooms and nicely slices of veal. I ordered the house special, Scampi Giulio, which consisted of 6 large but overcooked, rubbery, butterflied shrimp in an undistinguished brownish sauce that lacked lemon and garlic. The dish was accompanied by some overcooked string beans. The waiter was attentive but the place could use some updating.
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  • J & G's first time dining - GREAT!
    KevinVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    I found this place on Yelp! ...and followed the reviews right to the front door, and the pics right to the plate of delicious Cioppino. Excellent service, very enjoyable meal.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Not what we expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went to this restaurant on Valentine's Day. Other reviews suggested that it was a long time neighborhood restaurant. Their website was good and the menu was great. Unfortunately the website did not mention that The Valentine's menu would be severely limited. My husband ordered veal piccata. He has had this at many fine restaurants, and the dish was definitely NOT piccata. The only aspect that was similar was veal, and that was tough. When he asked the waiter about the dish the waiter insisted that the dish was indeed piccata. To be sure my husband looked piccata up on his iPhone and showed him that it was not even close. His response: well that's the way we've always made it. There are plenty of good italian restaurants in SD. Not this 1
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  • Valetine Special
    johnchachi
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Jack and Giulio's is always a pleasant experience for us...they are very attentive and we feel by using OpenTable that we get a great table at the restaurant with the reservation. The food is consistently outstanding and we know that whatever we order it will be perfect...hat's off to Giulio who was cooking this night for us...great restaurant, great food, great service...you can't ask for better than that...outstanding evening for us!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Day at J&G
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Jack & Giulio's is hands-down our favorite restaurant. We got engaged there and have celebrated many special events in their establishment. Normally, we stay home for Valentine's Day, but we had tickets to the Globe and thought we'd go all out. It was busy, but not packed, but our service was not what we're used to. Won't deter us from going back. Even greatness has its moments. Tortelloni Verde rocks!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.