Permanently Closed - Busalacchi's A Modo Mio

4.2
650 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Sicilian, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner:

Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm,

Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm

Banquets available everyday and night
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Phone number
(619) 298-0119
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Joe Busalacchi
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Private party facilities
We have 4 separate areas that can all be used for private dining .

Wine Room 12 ppl
Main 75 ppl
Front Room 16 ppl
Patio 60 ppl
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Private party contact
Joey Busalacchi: (619) 985-3117
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Catering
We do inside and outside catering.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Pennsylvania
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Parking details
Valet parking rates of $7 and street parking
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Public transit
Bus stop within 2 blocks.
Taxi stand 2 blocks away.
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Entertainment
Live music Saturdays.
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Special events & promotions
We can host any event up to 200 ppl.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
San Diego
40 reviews
4.0Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Buen restaurant, excelente comida. The service is fine.

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C
San Diego
21 reviews
3.0Dined on May 3, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

A good experience

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MA
Orange County
5 reviews
3.0Dined on May 3, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

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.

Bummer.

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KK
San Francisco
105 reviews
4.0Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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!

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MG
San Diego
3 reviews
4.0Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

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PN
Central Coast
22 reviews
5.0Dined on April 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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NY
Tahoe
2 reviews
5.0Dined on April 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly greeting by Nicole, warm and inviting atmosphere, great menu, delicious food, excellent service. Very nice surprise dessert (attractively plated) for our Anniversary!

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EF
Hawaii
2 reviews
4.0Dined on March 31, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We all had great meals. Excellent family atmosphere. Delightful staff that make you feel at home.

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San Diego
1 review
5.0Dined on March 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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San Diego
23 reviews
5.0Dined on March 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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San Diego
3 reviews
4.0Dined on February 27, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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.

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S
San Diego
18 reviews
2.0Dined on February 24, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Loud live music and marginal food quality-this place has so much potential with it. Location and design but it's really low brow.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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San Diego
1 review
4.0Dined on February 15, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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San Diego
2 reviews
5.0Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never had a bad meal here. Food is excellent!

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San Diego
5 reviews
5.0Dined on January 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service. Lengthing my review.

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BX
San Diego
15 reviews
4.0Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

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.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
5.0Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Large portions moderately priced and full of flavor!

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c
San Diego
2 reviews
5.0Dined on December 24, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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V
San Diego
2 reviews
4.0Dined on December 24, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

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.

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K
San Diego
22 reviews
4.0Dined on December 20, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

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Phoenix
4 reviews
4.0Dined on November 26, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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LO
San Diego
12 reviews
4.0Dined on November 19, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

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.

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p
San Diego
38 reviews
2.0Dined on November 5, 2016
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

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.

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
5.0Dined on November 5, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My friends surprised me with birthday dessert, and the waiter sang Happy Bday to me, what a voice!! And wonderful surprise!

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ML
San Diego
3 reviews
5.0Dined on November 2, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious. Lovely patio dining. Great service.

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San Diego
2 reviews
5.0Dined on October 29, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
5.0Dined on October 24, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Everyone was so nice

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MR
San Diego
3 reviews
3.0Dined on October 14, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Very disappointing. Food was bland. Lobster bisque had no lobster. Fettucine was some other kind of pasta. My friends poured salt on their food.

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DI
San Diego
3 reviews
5.0Dined on October 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great good and server goes out of the way to ensure a welcoming and memorable dining experience.

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M
Palm Springs
2 reviews
2.0Dined on October 2, 2016
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 2

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

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GR
San Diego
3 reviews
5.0Dined on October 2, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
San Diego
11 reviews
5.0Dined on September 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here several times and will be back as soon as possible.

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CS
San Diego
1 review
5.0Dined on September 24, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was able to accommodate a large party last minute. All staff very friendly and everyone enjoyed their food

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OT
San Diego
54 reviews
5.0Dined on September 21, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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L
San Diego
10 reviews
4.0Dined on September 17, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

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.

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S
San Diego
1 review
5.0Dined on September 16, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

good Italian food. Appetizers are a meal themselves. Happy Hour is economical with half price appetizers and $5 house wine.

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Chicago
1 review
4.0Dined on September 8, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

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.

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D
San Diego
5 reviews
3.0Dined on September 7, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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.

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e
San Diego
18 reviews
3.0Dined on September 2, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

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.

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