As always, the food and service was excellent! Love this place and visit it frequently.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
An excellent experience
I really enjoyed the veal. Cooked to perfection. The ravioli were tender and delicious. We had a reservation but had the whole restaurant to ourselves.
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Each of the four of us ordered
Each of the four of us ordered different things; each of us was delighted with our food
It was a great location for an early Mother's Day lunch.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
What a great surprise!
We wanted to stroll to a restaurant nearby and decided to try Busselacchi's. What a great surprise! Service was amazing, the sangrias yummy and the food delicious and great value for money! We ate so much but couldn't stop as everything was so good (appetizers were 1/2 price so we had 4 between the 2 of us!!)
We will be back!!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love this place. We come down
Love this place. We come down from LA for special events. I normally have a party of 8 - 12 and we are always treated well. The food is great and the atmosphere is fancy... without the fancy price. We will return.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a wonderful experience.
We had a wonderful experience. Our first time at Busalacchis. The restaurant was referred to us by good friends. We have been fans of Po Pazzo for a long time. We will definitely return soon.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went to A Modo Mio to celebrate
We went to A Modo Mio to celebrate our Mom's 91st birthday. We had a group of 10 people and we were seated in the private dining room which was a perfect fit for the occasion. Mario, our waiter, enchanted us all with his Italian singing and charm. We would recommend A Modo Mio to everyone.
6/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was wonderful. Our
The food was wonderful. Our service was also great because we had a waiter that knew everything that was on the menu and was able to explain to us what the items on the menu were. I felt like I was in Italy. It was a little loud in the restaurant because they had a charity event going on but it gave it a little more energy to the restaurant.
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this neighborhood gem. Great food and wonderful wine and bar selections. Alberto the waiter is FANTASTIC!!!
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun for a change!
Looking dor a new place to experience for my sons birthday we decided to head to hillcrest. We really enjoyed the food, although we do not reccomend getting the canoli dor dessert.
The canoli shell was burnt and difficult to eat. Definately suggest the lobster bisque and polenta appetizer
We were looking for a six o'clock reservation but could only get 6..., this was a bit
Confusing since we were the only ones in the place
6/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Italian in Hillcrest
Been here many times and never disappointed with the experience; food or service. Be sure to check out their "happy hour" items and the days for 1/2 wine and 1/2 martini's. This is a must try Italian in Hillcrest area.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bringing a Group Next Time!
Always a treat! We come from Escondido because we love this place! Service is excellent....thanks Mario! And Joey meets and greats every guest like they are a long-lost friend....with sincerity. He knows how to work the room PLUS he jumps in when the kitchen needs help. Dad taught him well. Third time in a row for the Short-rib Lasagna for my wife. She loved it...once again. The garlic bread is fantastic. Modo Mio sauce is my favorite but it wasn't as spicy as in the past....almost as if there was no Serrano pepper in it....but all-in-all, we loved it. Told some neighbors about Busalacchi's last night and everyone's excited to try it. We'll be back soon with a crowd! - John & Beth
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Busalacchi's is becoming one
Busalacchi's is becoming one of our favorite places... overall amazing experience.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Memorable Dining Experience
I recently returned home from a deployment in the Middle East and I took my wife out on a dinner date without the teenagers coming along. I reserved a table with ease using OpenTable and we were seated immediately by the hostess upon arriving at the restaurant. The food was fantastic and the service outstanding. Even though the teenagers were absent, we know they will absolutely enjoy the cuisine here. Thank you for making our date night memorable!
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food and great service. We sat inside bot had to move more towards the entrance because of a loud boisterous party at the bar and the air codnditionng was blowing right down on our table. We like the half priced early bird appetizers befor 630pm.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Busalacchi"s. The food was great, the service outstanding. We were seated in the window seat and were able to watch the sun set on the eclectic neighborhood. We will certainly return.
My wife ordered the Trout- it is hard to find fresh trout on menus- the Busalacchi's coating on the trout was melt in your mouth good. I ordered the free range organic Chicken with marsala sauce and it was unbelieveable! We went on a Thursday night and our wine was half price all night.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place - i keep coming back
Consistent great service, food quality and ambiance makes this a top favorite
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of our favorites
We've been coming here since it opened, and we love it. The granchio is delicious, spaghettini with crab meat in a spicy pink sauce, with a soft shell crab on top. WOW! Service is fantastic -- we love Oscar and Mario!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for live music on the patio
The music was very fun and relaxing on the patio. The ambiance was comfortable and the service was good. I really liked how they offered valet parking. The food was a bit pricey for what I felt that I got. The portion was good, but the flavors didn't meld together.
The prosciutto chicken was tasty, tender, and juicy and all of the sides (roasted tomato, boiled greens, and sweet potato) didn't work well together. The sauce for the chicken was a bit grainy and the sweet potato mash was not to my taste.
The short ribs were tasty and fall-off-the-bone tender but I wasn't a fan of the sauce. The risotto was too strong and overpowered the rest of the dish. Asparagus was perfectly cooked.
Will be back again for the music on the patio!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food ,service and
Excellent food ,service and atmosphere on the patio
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food with soul with soul music
Took my wife and 35 year old daughter to dinner and we greatly enjoyed the experience. Friendly staff, excellent food and great music.....the wine was good and varied!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fine Italian meets popular prices
We started at the indoor-outdoor bar with a signature martini, cocktails, or half-price wine by the glass (a happy hour special). Moving to our table, which was against the banquette, we had ample room to separate us from customers on either side. We ordered more wine and a trio of half-price appetizers -- bruschetta, calamari, and polenta -- and were well pleased by each. My friends ordered various pastas -- a chicken parmigiana with pasta, clams with pasta, soft-shell crab with pasta -- while I enjoyed the veal piccata served with spinach and a broiled tomato. We were too full for dessert but the decaf cappuccino was good. I chased it with a snifter of the rare, herbal Green Chartreuse; only 3 monks know the formula. Excellent restaurant!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
one of a few
The restaurant has specials that make it more enjoyable for early dining. The food is delicious, well prepared and served to perfection. My only complaint, the server forgot to service our table with cheese when the food was served. The waiter had to remind the server that this is something he has to do. Appetizers are outstanding and what we think is one of the highlights of the overall menu. Good food with good service makes for an enjoyable evening.
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
lunch at Modo Mio
We had never been to this restaurant before, but will sure to go back. Everything was perfect, the food, the service, the ambiance. The Granchio was exquisite. I had high hopes for this dish and it was all that I had imagined and more! The Blueberry Lavender Lemonade cocktail was divine.
I could go on, but how many times can you say the same thing..delicious.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
It had a great Italian kick!
I loved this place. It was our first time, although it was a little too loud, the food and servers made up the whole ambiance. Everything we ordered was very delicious. I love Italian dish and so far, this is my top one at the moment. I will surely come back.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
seated promptly, pay parking available or valet-hard to find street parking. great outdoor patio with a piano man. great roasted beet salad and lobster bisque.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
A fabulous Sunday dinner.
The menu is wonderful with variety and flavor. Sat out in the patio and it was delightful. I'll be back!
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Italian in Mission Hills
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.
8/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Took my girlfriend there for her birthday dinner. We left super full and we were both very pleased with everything.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Food, Staff, and Ambiance
We live in the neighborhood, this is our favorite dining establishment for many reasons. It appears to be very well managed, that is, there is consistency at every level. The hostess Nicole is always smiling, kind, and willing to find you your desired seat. The bartenders Louis andCharles are terrific at not only making drinks but remembering your name, they create a very classy but yet "neighborhood" feel. Oscar, who manages the dining room is always helpful, nice, and knowledgeable about the food. The food is fantastic, we especially like how you can choose your own homemade pasta and then choose your sauce. Their veal, fish, and lasagna are also top notch.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good as ever
We went to the old location for years and then they closed for a long time and we found other favorites to go to. We finally got around to trying the new place. We got there at 7:30 on a Sunday night and the staff looked pretty wiped out. It sounded like they had had a really busy day. So we had good service but they all looked like they were ready to call it a night. We really liked the patio and the bar. The new restaurant is beautiful. The food was different but just as good as we remembered. We miss the old staff, but they've probably retired by now. Will try again.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
As usual this restaurant surpasses
As usual this restaurant surpasses all others in the neighborhood. The food preparation and service are always spot on and the specials always interesting. The outdoor terrace is a nice Oasis in an otherwise busy restaurant neighborhood.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very nice romantic restaurant
Had a really great experience with Busalacchi's. Was there for a first date and they set us up very nicely. Very good wine selection and both the indoor and outdoor seating are both very nice for a special occasion. Food was delicious and portions were good for the prices. Great bar as well
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hip and trendy take on a classvenue
Excellent food and a great atmosphere!! I love the young and modern feel of the whole place but the pleasant surprise of classic authentic Italian food!
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Where Food is Good
I love this restaurant. This week I took 3 friends for Restaurant Week and we all loved our meals. We were eating out of each other's plates. Constine with potato latke and short rib beef is simply amazing. All pasta is fresh and fish never smells fishy. Make a reservation to sit outside, near a heater and you will feel like you are in Italy. Try it, you'll like it!
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nuova Cucina Italiana
The cuisine had hints of traditional Italian cooking, but with a new refreshing twist. The eggplant imbotitti was an interesting, lighter twist on eggplant parmigiana. The service was both friendly and efficient. We went throught a lot of water, but the water bottle never ran dry.
A definite 'thumbs up'!
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic Dining Experience!
Thank you, Busalachhi's, for a gratifying dining experience. Restaurant week menu was exquisite - the eggplant dish + butternut squash ravioli, wine suggestions from our delightful server, Diego, and the dessert bites, were above the quality and flavor than we expected. It was our first visit to a Busallacchi's restaurant, and we had recently had a terrible dining experience for SDRW with a downtown "celebrity chef" owned restaurant. You made us believe in quality again!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really nice dinner
We decided to dine here for Restaurant week, we walked in and it was really cozy, we actually choose Monday 9/23/13 @ 6:00 p.m.and it was nice and quite really friendly environment. however I'm not sure if they are use to Mexican's coming in to dine their, but I found it odd that we were seated in a small table in the corner, and when another couple came in they got seated in a nice big table and great location, our waiter was friendly at first, but I guess my undecided mind upset him, he kept insisting I order a bottle of wine, it was kinda rude about it, finally I had to say it , look someone has to stay sober and drive and he back off, I kept telling him I am ok,
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
It wlas my first visit, and
It wlas my first visit, and I'll definitely be back. An all around excellent night.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
been here several times, no let down-food always great, service great , place great.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have eaten at Modo Mio
We have eaten at Modo Mio twice recently. The outside patio is stylish and comfortable and a great place to eat night or day. The food and service are excellent. Inside it is a bit noisy. The bruschetta is a treat and there are several wonderful home made pasta dishes. Great Italian wine selection too!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
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!
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
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!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
North End Dining
Selective menu. Friendly and informative wait staff. Food is worthy of Boston's Italian North End.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
The new menu is DELICOUS
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
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing deal on wines on Thursday
1/2 price Qupe Maxtap wines by the glass. Great deal with a well cooked bowl of pasta. Nice experience with good friends.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
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!!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
we were celebrating a birthday and it was just perfect. food was great and loved the live music! would definitely return.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
From check-in to receiving
From check-in to receiving our bill. The overall experience was pleasant! I highly recommend Busalacchi's for any special occasion.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
When the waiter asked us for
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.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM