Buen restaurant, excelente comida. The service is fine.
A good experience
What happened to the great wine list?? An Italian restaurant that has 4 bottles of Italian wine?? (They were sold out of three).
It's been about 10 years and the old location that I visited last, but needless to say it has gone downhill. Service was great, appetizers were good, but the seafood fettuccine was truly lacking, as were the butternut squash raviolis and the pork tenderloin. I should've just ordered the bolognese.
We had amazing service by Mario on a very quiet Friday night. The pace that Mario set for our meal was perfect for a quiet conversation for a friends meet-up. He did not rush us despite being one of the only tables seated. The food was great and well prepared- fantastic meatballs as an appetizer started the home-cooked pasta special and tasty salads. I would definitely go again when back in San Diego!
Always a nice evening! Service is friendly and attentive. Food is very good but inconsistent. My favorites are always enjoyable but often prepared variably.
No live music tonight because they were out of town... no back up plans?
Nonetheless a very nice 4 instead of 5... I'll come back again soon.
Had the pizza appetizer and meatball appetizer both great. Party had crab pasta, chicken piccata and veal piccata. Three meals were fantastic. Followed up with three desserts. Go for lava cake or lemon cheesecake. Service top notch.
Friendly greeting by Nicole, warm and inviting atmosphere, great menu, delicious food, excellent service. Very nice surprise dessert (attractively plated) for our Anniversary!
We all had great meals. Excellent family atmosphere. Delightful staff that make you feel at home.
We went here for my Fiancé's birthday. It was a great experience! The staff was attentive, good humored and professional. A very delicious meal was prepared in a timely manner and served beautifully.
This is one of our favorite Italian restaurants - Spaghetti Carbonara and Fettuccine a la Nonna were excellent, with fresh pasta and great sauce. The dining room is comfortable and quiet enough to talk.
The restaurants' predecessor resturant (same name) website was misleading. The "old " website listed masacholli as an entree - no such thing at the current restaurant. Wine list was misleading. Monday is half off bottle of wine-----over $40 night. I thought I heard the saver say it was half off.
We had a great dinner, but it was rather costly.
Loud live music and marginal food quality-this place has so much potential with it. Location and design but it's really low brow.
Went for an early Saturday dinner, so only locals at the bar. Waiter was very pleasant, kitchen accommodated mix-and-match requests, and food was very good. Happy hour appetizers were both tasty and cheap. Merits a return visit on a nicer night.
I always have such a fantastic time here. The food is wonderful and the staff is friendly and attentive. On weekends they have live music on the beautiful patio-- so fun! This is definitely a great spot for a romantic date night or for a family and friend celebration. Be sure to make reservation because this place can fill up. Patio is heated and cozy and indoor dining is romantic.
I have never had a bad meal here. Food is excellent!
Service. Lengthing my review.
Was there for NYE and pricing was reasonable, place not crowded. We were greeted warmly and got to choose our table. Service attentive. Thoughtful enough to wrap our take home in plastic so it would not leak enroute. Garlic bread was great but the rest of the meal was just good to somewhat disappointing. Halibut piccata with mushrooms was not seasoned well enough and the fillet was too dense to be fresh (probably frozen). Pork osso bucco was very tender but surprisingly bland and the bed fettucine was overcooked to my taste. The lemon cheese cake was good with a nice presentation. Overall, a relaxing meal in an attractive, European-styled setting that begs for a better chef at the helm.
Large portions moderately priced and full of flavor!
Great Christmas eve dinner for six. This is the second time I've been there in several
months, and both experiences were top notch. Loved the saltimbocca, and I wish I
could make salad dressing so light, yet flavorful. The waiters were efficient, congenial
and humorous. Now my son-in-laws favorite place to go! Thank you
Lasagne was over-sauced and very loose. It was not worth the price. The sauce on the Pasta Pomodoro was also off and over-sauced. The table next to us was very loud. We had a choice of a table next to young kids, table near the bar, or next to the loud family. The food was off. Usually have liked this place, but I was turned off this summer when the caprese salad contained cardboard tomatoes. The short rib appetizer was delicious as was my pasta with clams. Service was EXCELLENT.
This is one of our favorite places. I wish that it got more business. Although the last few times we have gone have been during the week. So it quiet. I think weekends the have live music and a nice HH. I get the same thing every time because it's a great value and very good. The Granchio. The sauce it good and they give you so much lump crab meat and a soft shell crab. They also have really good bread with marinara.
We enjoyed a meal before the theater. Location was great and parking was fairly easy with the bank lot next door open after business hours for $5. Our meal we delicious and the service was excellent. The only thing that would have made it better is table cloths covering the older wooden tables. That is just a pet peeve of ours as we have noticed more and more restaurants moving away from using table cloths.
Enjoyed our meal--special wasn't prepared exactly as I had hoped, but it was still good (seafood pasta dish). My friend's eggplant was wonderful. Service was a little slow, but only for the entrees. Salad and appetizer were delivered quickly, so we didn't mind waiting for the meal. Server (Mario) was delightful and even paid for our drinks (1 each) when he realized that the special had not been prepared with cappellini as I had asked. So, we will definitely go back.
I've been to Busalacci's 5 or 6 times and each time it seems like it's been slowly going down hill. This last experience was the last time I go there.
The service is very polite and timely so no complaints there, but the food wasn't good at all. The calamari was under seasoned and under cooked...ugh. The seafood pasta entree tasted fine but the chicken piccata was again bland, and the pasta bolognese was weird: they served it with the traditional meat sauce but also sausages on the side. And according to our dining companion, the sausages were "gamey" and "disgusting". I don't know if they were trying to get rid of old meat or if the kitchen just didn't know what traditional bolognese is.
Either way it failed badly. We won't be going back.
My friends surprised me with birthday dessert, and the waiter sang Happy Bday to me, what a voice!! And wonderful surprise!
Absolutely delicious. Lovely patio dining. Great service.
We visited Busalacchi's after purchasing their Groupon. My husband and I love Italian food and thought his would be a great place for our anniversary. They offer seasonal plates, which we tried and loved. They have a central fire pit that you can eat around, and have a great bar. Live music every Saturday.
It was a great place to eat and the staff was wonderful. We stayed for dessert and coffee because we were enjoying ourselves so much.
Great! Everyone was so nice
Very disappointing. Food was bland. Lobster bisque had no lobster. Fettucine was some other kind of pasta. My friends poured salt on their food.
Great good and server goes out of the way to ensure a welcoming and memorable dining experience.
As always, the food was GREAT, the service was EXCELLENT, low noise level, .....
but lost my appetite everytime the dog (not a service dog) shook himself at the next table
I went with friends before going to the theater. We sat on the patio ... very nice, comfortable. The service was excellent as was the food. Would gladly recommend to friends. In fact, one of us had her first date with her husband of 15 years that this restaurant. Obviously a perfect a place to be with friends.
We have been here several times and will be back as soon as possible.
Was able to accommodate a large party last minute. All staff very friendly and everyone enjoyed their food
Despite the fact that we make it here only every few months, our waiter always remembers us. And the food is always worth a return visit!
We were celebrating our sons new job, the service was ok, our waiter never checked back and we never got drinks refilled. That was our first time and the interior is ok but needs a little facelift.
good Italian food. Appetizers are a meal themselves. Happy Hour is economical with half price appetizers and $5 house wine.
The bar tender was amazing, the food was on point, but our waiter was very grouchy and he didn't want to serve us. We think it's because we had a groupon, but we felt very out of place. I would go back because I think the restaurant is great, but I think they should really think about their staff. If I find out that we are in his section, we will definitely ask to move.
Happy was until 6:30, although we came for dinner. We arrived at 6:25 and were served at 6:35 and told we could not order a happy hour drink.
Then my friend and I asked to split two entrees. The said they'd have to charge for it. Left a bitter taste in our mouths.
The calamari was overcooked and chewy. The very tender shortrib, tasty rigatoni and yummy cannoli we ordered made up for that. Also, Alfredo was a great server, fairly attentive.