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Nicolosi's - El Cajon
Nicolosi's - El Cajon

Nicolosi's - El Cajon Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.nicolosis.com
  • Phone: (619) 444-0303
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch

    Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm

    Happy Hour

    Daily: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


    Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 8:30 pm; Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizzeria, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Gino Rocca
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Nicolosis catering is your one stop for large party take out, in house events or complete catering at your site. We offer a great selection of our family's recipes for your special event.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a large private room for your special events and are happy to work with you to tailor your menu to your style and budget.
  • Private Party Contact: Chris (619) 444-0303
  • Special Events & Promotions: We specialize in special events! Whether an onsite banquet in one of our private rooms, a large take out order or a full catering program, we can put together a menu to fit your vision and budget. Give us a call today and let Nicolosi's help make your event truly special.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: W.D Hall
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is street parking and a public lot in the back with easy access to the entrance.
A word from Nicolosi's - El Cajon
Welcome to Nicolosi's Italian Restaurant in Downtown El Cajon. Nicolosi's has been serving authentic southern Italian cuisine in San Diego for over 60 years. Our old country recipes as well as new favorites have made us a local favorite. Come try our housemade Lasagna, our hand made Ravioli or our Sicilian Six-Cheese Mac and Cheese. Find out what San Diegans have come to love with our famous torpedo sandwiches, meatballs, awesome pastas and delicious salads. Our pizza has consistently been voted best in San Diego and you can choose from one of our many traditional or unique combinations. A delicious basket of housemade bread comes with every meal.

Our welcome atmosphere features attentive service, a full bar and banquet facilities. Our family hopes to welcome you to Nicolosi's soon. Mangia!
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Diner Reviews
  • "We had a Mother's Day brunch here and everything was outstanding!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This is our favorite of all the Nicolosi's restaurants, starting with the first one that my husband frequented once or twice a week for their famous meatball sandwiches. We greatly enjoyed the lasagna...4 had the regular lasagna with marinara sauce, and luckily for me, the picky eater.... "I can't eat tomatoes or any acidic food"...the chef made his Sunday night spinach lasagna with (yummy) Alfredo sauce for me on a Tuesday night. Our 6th diner loved the chicken Marsala, but wasn't too overjoyed with the potatoes that came with it. Our waiter....also bartender, host, etc., Chris, gave us excellent and fast. The restaurant was very clean, right next to a park, and had lots of 2 hour free parking in front, which was a nice plus. We'll return!"
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "We had a delux (hold mushrooms) and it was filling, took a piece home. Good food, good value."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We came for their Vakentine's special and it was ver good. I've been at Nicolosi's before and their pizzas and pastas are fabulous."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Nicolosi's compared to our other restaurant that we frequent has much better tasting food. Our waiter could have come back more often to see and ask if there was anything else that we might need or want."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had a very nice time at our Christmas lunch this year at Nicolosi's. I will plan to go back and others in our group of 6 said they would too. The food was very good and the sauces were especially tasty and clearly homemade.. One of our guests was served her dish very late and the portion size was a bit smaller than another person who ordered the same thing. I think it was due to the banquet group in the back room. This didn't negatively impact our experience. The price was also very reasonable."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "LOVE LOVE LOVE to come here especially on a Friday night ... the wait isn't too bad!! The Food is always GREAT but the service is lacking a lot of times!!! Seems like you have to flag a server down and the place really isn't that big :/"
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "We started with salads and soup. salad had good variety of greens. Soup was clam chowder and it had good flavor, but maybe not enough clams. wife is gluten free so she ordered off that menu. she got the spaghetti/ravioli combo. she devoured it. kids ordered sandwiches: meatball was too big to finish (that's a good thing), torpedo (delicious), aflredo with chicken was so good and savory that we had to take it home for leftovers (which are even better baked a little on the re-heat). I had the spinach lasagna and I ate all of it because it was really good. Our server was attentive, and the food came out quick. Overall, it was a nice bday dinner."
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "Have loved the Special Torpedo for more years than I can remember. Have sent orders to friends as far as Alaska (dry ice and dressing on the side). Can't imagine living for a year without my fix. Took four bags to relative and friends on my last visit. Love it!!!"
    Dined on 8/29/2013
  • "Been eating at Nicolosi's since it was on 40th went on Friday night in El Cajon great location, with the park behind. Had one of their pizzas and it was as good as always. Nicolosi's is San Diego pizza and Italian food."
    Dined on 8/23/2013
  • "I have been going to Nicolosi's since I was 5 (I'm now 59). I was pleased when they re-opened their restaurant on Navajo, and even more pleased to have them right here where I live. The food is excellent, and I like the new location. Very friendly atmosphere, too. I will definitely be going back for more."
    Dined on 8/18/2013
  • "They had our reservation and the table was ready for the 5 of us. The food was very good and was a good value for the price."
    Dined on 7/5/2013
  • "The food was wonderful! Lobster mac & cheese, out of this world!! Chicken picatta, awesome! It was busy but the waitress was on top of it. Very friendly & thoughtful. Already planning a return trip!"
    Dined on 6/16/2013
  • "We had a great dinner and meeting in the semi-private dining area they reserved for us. They allowed us to pre-order enough food for a nice family-style dinner. 3 large antipasto salads, 3 large pizzas, and 6 lasagnas was our order. There was plenty of food, it was all wonderful, and the service was great!"
    Dined on 6/3/2013
  • "I've been dining at Nicolosis since it was located at 40th and El Cajon Blvd. Love it!"
    Dined on 4/13/2013
  • "A little expensive for location, but the food was really good and service was excellent."
    Dined on 4/5/2013
  • "Food was something to be desired, Seemed to be frozen and luke warm at best. Very small portions for the price. Also they stated on the menu that you where to get 1/2 size portions (not even close.) Well, we will go back One more time and try the pizza and report back. Big C- for the price and quality...."
    Dined on 3/31/2013
  • "We went to Nicolosi's for a family dinner. The waiter was great - friendly and very knowledgeable. He made a recommendation for me (Gonzola Crazy Chicken Pasta) that tasted amazing. My wife is gluten-intolerant and frequently has difficulty finding good meals when dining out. One of the things that drew us to Nicolosi's was their extensive gluten-free menu. She ordered the gluten-free Chicken Marsala and loved it. All in all, everyone had an extremely relaxing and enjoyable meal. Last but not least - I loved being able to go online to be able to make the dinner reservation myself."
    Dined on 3/30/2013
  • "Pizza was great, service was good except we ordered house cabernet wine and when the bill came we realized we were charged $7.50 a glass for the house wine. From my experience when you order the house wine it is usually a little less then the wine on the wine menu. Not in this case. Somewhat dissappointing."
    Dined on 3/9/2013
  • "Nicolosi's has been our favorite Italian restaurant since they were located up @ El Cajon Bl. & 40th Street! Wherever they have gone, we have followed. We are SO glad to have a location close to our home."
    Dined on 3/3/2013
  • "Fun, good food but nothing outstanding. A bit pricy for what you get. I think I'd go back for lunch instead of dinner."
    Dined on 3/1/2013
  • "Way too exspensive!!!!!!! 18.00 for lasagna. Miss mangio bene."
    Dined on 3/1/2013