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Busalacchi's A Modo Mio - Permanently Closed

4.2
4.2
650 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

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.

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Menu

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  • California Caprese$13.00

    Creamy Burrata, tomatoes, Avaocado, Balsamic Reduction

    • Truffle Grilled Cheese$10.00

      Sourdough, Truffle Butter, Aged Manchego

      • Tartifo Fries$9.00

        Truffle, Garlic, Parsley, Parmigiano

        • Calamari Misti$12.00

          Fried Calamari & Green Beans

          • Bruschetta$10.00

            Hummus, Tomatoes, Garlic, Grilled Rosemary Ciabata

            • Seared Ahi$14.00

              S & P Seared ahi, Roasted red pepper relish

              • Costatine

                Short Ribs, Chives, Potato Cake, crème fraiche

                • Juliettes Pesto Crepes$11.00

                  Pesto Crepes, Cream Sauce

                  • Busalacchis Famous Garlic Bread$5.00

                    From the original hillcrest location

                    • Parmigiano$10.00

                      Eggplant Parmigiano

                      • Carpaccio$13.00

                        Beef Sliced Thin Served Raw, Arugula shaved parmesan, evoo

                        First Course Salads

                        • Busalacchis Caesar$7.00

                          Anchovies, Parmigiano Reggiano

                          • Beetrioli$7.00

                            Cucumber, corn, Avocado, Golden Beats, Tomatoes, Gorgonzola, Lemon Vinaigre

                            • Kale & Spinach$7.00

                              Toasted Pine Nuts, Dried Apricots, Citrus dressing, Goat Cheese

                              • Hearts of Romaine$7.00

                                crispy onions, apple smoked bacon, teardrop tomatoes, crumbled gorgonzola dressing

                                • Lobster Bisque$9.00

                                  Served with a crostini

                                  Pasta is Made Daily in House

                                  Pasta additions chicken $4; Shrimp $5; Meatballs $4; Gluten Free Pasta $3

                                  • Imbottiti$14.00

                                    Sliced Eggplant, Three cheeses, pesto, Bucatini, salsa di pomodoro

                                    • Ravioli$17.00

                                      Butternut Squash Ravioli, Sage Cream, Toasted Hazelnuts Shave Brussels & Red Cress

                                      • Spaghetti Carbonara$14.00

                                        Shallots, Crispy Pancetta, Egg Yolk, Grana Cheese

                                        • Rigatoni Palermitana$15.00

                                          Spicy Italian Sausage, Olives, Capers, Tomatoes

                                          • Bolognese alla Nonna$18.00

                                            Fettuccine, veal, beef & Pork Ragu with a Sausage & Meatball

                                            • Pesto Gnocchi$13.00

                                              Nonnas' Marinara Sauce

                                              • Spaghettini Granchio$19.00

                                                Dungeness crab, Crispy Soft Shell Crab, spicy Serrano chili, Shallots, Brandy Saffron cream, Tomatoes

                                                • Lasagne Del Giorno$15.00

                                                  Chef Choice

                                                  • Fettuccine alla Vongole$17.00

                                                    Clams, Garlic, Pinot Grigio, Italian Parsley, E.V.O.O

                                                    Land & Water

                                                    • Stuffed Salmone$23.00

                                                      Seafood Stuffed Chopped Romas, white wine Sauce House Made Gnocchi & Asparagus

                                                      • Gamberi Busalacchi$23.00

                                                        Shrimp, Pinot Grigio, Meyer Lemon, Caper berries, Baby Zucchini & Mashed Potatoes

                                                        • Pollo Alla Chef$22.00

                                                          Chicken Breast, Prosciutto, Eggplant mozzarella, cream sauce, Bourbon Mashed & garlic Spinach

                                                          • Vitello Marsala$23.00

                                                            Veal Loin Medallions, Florio Marsala, Mushrooms, Ravioli & Asparagus

                                                            • Beef Short Ribs$24.00

                                                              Braised Short ribs, pearl onions, sweet demi glace, Gorgonzola Ristto & Asparagus

                                                              • Filetto Con Tartufo$28.00

                                                                6 oz Filet Mignon Truffle Butter Mashed Potatoes & Green Beans

                                                                Meat Plate

                                                                Fruit Compote Crostini $17

                                                                • Parma Prosciutto

                                                                  dry cured ham

                                                                  • Soppressata

                                                                    dry cured salami

                                                                    • Bresaola

                                                                      air dried salted beef

                                                                      Cheese Plate

                                                                      Crostini, fresh fruit $ 15

                                                                      • Gorgonzola Dolce

                                                                        blue veined, soft, sweet

                                                                        • Parmigiano Reggiano

                                                                          hard, granular

                                                                          • Provalone

                                                                            medium, compact, picante

                                                                            Rosso

                                                                            • Red Blend

                                                                              Conundrum

                                                                              • Glass$12.00
                                                                              • Bottle$42.00
                                                                            • Merlot

                                                                              Modo Mio

                                                                              • Glass$10.00
                                                                              • Bottle$38.00
                                                                            • Cabernet

                                                                              Reserva Serie Riberas

                                                                              • Glass$12.00
                                                                              • Bottle$44.00
                                                                            • Pinot Noir

                                                                              Laroche

                                                                              • Glass$13.00
                                                                              • Bottle$49.00
                                                                            • Baby Amarone (Ripasso)

                                                                              Allegrini Palazzo Della Torre

                                                                              • Glass$13.00
                                                                              • Bottle$49.00
                                                                            • Super Tuscan

                                                                              Santa Cristina

                                                                              • Glass$12.00
                                                                              • Bottle$46.00

                                                                            Bianco

                                                                            • Sparkling

                                                                              Gloria Ferrer (89pts)

                                                                              • Glass$10.00
                                                                              • Bottle$38.00
                                                                            • Pinot Grigio

                                                                              Canaletto

                                                                              • Glass$9.00
                                                                              • Bottle$34.00
                                                                            • Sauvignon Blanc

                                                                              Groth

                                                                              • Glass$13.00
                                                                              • Bottle$49.00
                                                                            • Chardonnay

                                                                              Vinum

                                                                              • Glass$11.00
                                                                              • Bottle$43.00
                                                                            • Vermentino

                                                                              costomolino

                                                                              • Glass$13.00
                                                                              • Bottle$59.00
                                                                            • Riesling

                                                                              Xnxw (88pts)

                                                                              • Glass$10.00
                                                                              • Bottle$38.00
                                                                            • Moscato

                                                                              Nivole

                                                                              • Glass$12.00
                                                                              • Bottle$42.00

                                                                            Birra Beer

                                                                            • "Green Flash" Double Stout$6.50

                                                                              • "St. Archer" Blonde$6.50

                                                                                • "Saint Archer" Pale$6.50

                                                                                  • Avery "White Rascall" wheat$6.50

                                                                                    • Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout$6.50

                                                                                      • Karl Strauss Wind N Sea Wheat$6.50

                                                                                        • Stone Levitation Amber$6.50

                                                                                          Italian Brews

                                                                                          • Moretti$6.50

                                                                                            • Peroni$6.50

                                                                                              Domestic

                                                                                              • Bud Light$5.00

                                                                                                • Coors Light$5.00

                                                                                                  Non Alcoholic

                                                                                                  • Buckler NA$6.50

                                                                                                    Happy Hour

                                                                                                    Monday - Wednesday 3:00 - 6:30; Friday & Saturday 4:00 - 6:30

                                                                                                    • Wine

                                                                                                      • Mondays

                                                                                                        • 1/2 price

                                                                                                          • Wines Bottles

                                                                                                            • Martini

                                                                                                              • Wednesdays

                                                                                                                • 1/2 price

                                                                                                                  • All martinis

                                                                                                                    • Social

                                                                                                                      • Thursdays

                                                                                                                        • Happy Hour

                                                                                                                          • All Night

                                                                                                                            • Relax

                                                                                                                              • Sundays

                                                                                                                                • Happy Hour

                                                                                                                                  • All Night

                                                                                                                                    House Cocktails

                                                                                                                                    • Autumn Tyme$10.95

                                                                                                                                      Absolut, blackberries, tyme, peach bitters

                                                                                                                                      • Strawberry Kiss$10.95

                                                                                                                                        Plymouth Gin, aged balsamic, strawberries, st germain foam

                                                                                                                                        • Italian Fizz$10.95

                                                                                                                                          Bullet Rye, soda, honey ginger syrup, orange bitters

                                                                                                                                          • Sicilian Greyhound$10.95

                                                                                                                                            Absolut, aperol, grapfruit juice, soda, rosemary suger rim

                                                                                                                                            • 5th & Penn$10.95

                                                                                                                                              Makers mark, sweat vermouth, Campari, lemon twist

                                                                                                                                              • Lemon & Basil Gimlet$10.95

                                                                                                                                                Absolut or Plymouth gin, basil lemon lime sparling soda

                                                                                                                                                • Apricot Margherita$10.95

                                                                                                                                                  Avion Tequila, Apricot marmalade blueberry juice, ginger beer

                                                                                                                                                  • Coldcock Ginger$9.95

                                                                                                                                                    Coldcock herbal whiskey, ginger beer, fresh lemon, organic honey

                                                                                                                                                    • Get behind the Mule$9.95

                                                                                                                                                      Jamesonor Absolut, Ginger beer, fresh lime juice, bitters

                                                                                                                                                      • Sangria$7.95

                                                                                                                                                        A modo mio House Sangria white or red

                                                                                                                                                        • Famous Cucumber$10.95

                                                                                                                                                          Rose Vodka, cucumber, mint

                                                                                                                                                          • Bluberry Lavender$10.95

                                                                                                                                                            Lemonade, blueberry Vodka lavender Syrup

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                                                                                                                                                            What 650 people are saying

                                                                                                                                                            Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                                                                                                            4.2
                                                                                                                                                            4.2 based on all time ratings
                                                                                                                                                            • 4.3Food
                                                                                                                                                            • 4.2Service
                                                                                                                                                            • 4.2Ambience
                                                                                                                                                            • 4.1Value

                                                                                                                                                            NoiseModerate

                                                                                                                                                            89% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                                                                                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                              San Diego

                                                                                                                                                              73 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                              4.0

                                                                                                                                                              73 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 27, 2017

                                                                                                                                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                                              Buen restaurant, excelente comida. The service is fine.

                                                                                                                                                            2. C

                                                                                                                                                              Chris

                                                                                                                                                              San Diego

                                                                                                                                                              27 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              3.0

                                                                                                                                                              27 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 3, 2017

                                                                                                                                                              overall3food3service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                              A good experience

                                                                                                                                                            3. MA

                                                                                                                                                              MaryandAndrew

                                                                                                                                                              Orange County

                                                                                                                                                              8 reviews

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                                                                                                                                                              3.0

                                                                                                                                                              8 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 3, 2017

                                                                                                                                                              overall3food3service5ambience2

                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                            4. KK

                                                                                                                                                              KritiKare

                                                                                                                                                              Sacramento

                                                                                                                                                              135 reviews

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                                                                                                                                                              4.0

                                                                                                                                                              135 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on April 28, 2017

                                                                                                                                                              overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                              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!

                                                                                                                                                            5. MG

                                                                                                                                                              MarcG

                                                                                                                                                              San Diego

                                                                                                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              4.0

                                                                                                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on April 22, 2017

                                                                                                                                                              overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                            6. PN

                                                                                                                                                              PeggyN

                                                                                                                                                              Central Coast

                                                                                                                                                              41 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                              41 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on April 14, 2017

                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                            7. NY

                                                                                                                                                              NYC2

                                                                                                                                                              Tahoe

                                                                                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on April 6, 2017

                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                                                                                                            8. EF

                                                                                                                                                              ErickF

                                                                                                                                                              Hawaii

                                                                                                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              4.0

                                                                                                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on March 31, 2017

                                                                                                                                                              overall4food4service5ambience4

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

                                                                                                                                                            9. OT

                                                                                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                              San Diego

                                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on March 31, 2017

                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                            10. MB

                                                                                                                                                              MissB

                                                                                                                                                              San Diego

                                                                                                                                                              31 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                              31 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on March 3, 2017

                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                            11. OT

                                                                                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                              San Diego

                                                                                                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              4.0

                                                                                                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on February 27, 2017

                                                                                                                                                              overall4food5service4ambience3

                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                            12. S

                                                                                                                                                              Schmoo

                                                                                                                                                              San Diego

                                                                                                                                                              21 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                              2.0

                                                                                                                                                              21 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on February 24, 2017

                                                                                                                                                              overall2food2service4ambience2

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

                                                                                                                                                            13. OT

                                                                                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                              New York Area

                                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on February 18, 2017

                                                                                                                                                              overall5food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                            14. OT

                                                                                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                              San Diego

                                                                                                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              4.0

                                                                                                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on February 15, 2017

                                                                                                                                                              overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                            15. MM

                                                                                                                                                              MaureenM

                                                                                                                                                              San Diego

                                                                                                                                                              6 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                              6 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on January 28, 2017

                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                                                                                                            16. OT

                                                                                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                              San Diego

                                                                                                                                                              11 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                              11 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on January 22, 2017

                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                              Service. Lengthing my review.

                                                                                                                                                            17. BX

                                                                                                                                                              BrandX

                                                                                                                                                              San Diego

                                                                                                                                                              15 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                              4.0

                                                                                                                                                              15 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on December 31, 2016

                                                                                                                                                              overall4food2service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                            18. OT

                                                                                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                              San Diego

                                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on December 31, 2016

                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                              Large portions moderately priced and full of flavor!

                                                                                                                                                            19. c

                                                                                                                                                              customer4u

                                                                                                                                                              San Diego

                                                                                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on December 24, 2016

                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                              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

                                                                                                                                                            20. V

                                                                                                                                                              Vera

                                                                                                                                                              San Diego

                                                                                                                                                              7 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              4.0

                                                                                                                                                              7 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on December 24, 2016

                                                                                                                                                              overall4food3service5ambience3

                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                            21. K

                                                                                                                                                              Kirchners

                                                                                                                                                              San Diego

                                                                                                                                                              37 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                              4.0

                                                                                                                                                              37 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on December 20, 2016

                                                                                                                                                              overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                            22. OT

                                                                                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                              Phoenix

                                                                                                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              4.0

                                                                                                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on November 26, 2016

                                                                                                                                                              overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                            23. LO

                                                                                                                                                              LindaO

                                                                                                                                                              San Diego

                                                                                                                                                              15 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              4.0

                                                                                                                                                              15 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on November 19, 2016

                                                                                                                                                              overall4food3service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                            24. p

                                                                                                                                                              porcheflipflop

                                                                                                                                                              San Diego

                                                                                                                                                              40 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                              2.0

                                                                                                                                                              40 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on November 5, 2016

                                                                                                                                                              overall2food1service3ambience1

                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                            25. OT

                                                                                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                              San Diego

                                                                                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on November 5, 2016

                                                                                                                                                              overall5food4service5ambience5

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

                                                                                                                                                            26. ML

                                                                                                                                                              MissLT

                                                                                                                                                              San Diego

                                                                                                                                                              8 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                              8 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on November 2, 2016

                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                              Absolutely delicious. Lovely patio dining. Great service.

                                                                                                                                                            27. OT

                                                                                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                              San Diego

                                                                                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on October 29, 2016

                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                            28. OT

                                                                                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                              San Diego

                                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on October 24, 2016

                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                              Great! Everyone was so nice

                                                                                                                                                            29. MR

                                                                                                                                                              MaryR

                                                                                                                                                              San Diego

                                                                                                                                                              6 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              3.0

                                                                                                                                                              6 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on October 14, 2016

                                                                                                                                                              overall3food3service4ambience2

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

                                                                                                                                                            30. DI

                                                                                                                                                              DIDI

                                                                                                                                                              San Diego

                                                                                                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on October 14, 2016

                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                                                                                                            31. M

                                                                                                                                                              Mitto

                                                                                                                                                              Palm Springs

                                                                                                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              2.0

                                                                                                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on October 2, 2016

                                                                                                                                                              overall2food5service5ambience2

                                                                                                                                                              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

                                                                                                                                                            32. GR

                                                                                                                                                              GailR

                                                                                                                                                              San Diego

                                                                                                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on October 2, 2016

                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                            33. OT

                                                                                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                              San Diego

                                                                                                                                                              18 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                              18 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on September 30, 2016

                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                                                                                                            34. CS

                                                                                                                                                              CamilleS

                                                                                                                                                              San Diego

                                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on September 24, 2016

                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                                                                                                            35. OT

                                                                                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                              San Diego

                                                                                                                                                              91 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                              91 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on September 21, 2016

                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                              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!

                                                                                                                                                            36. L

                                                                                                                                                              Linda22

                                                                                                                                                              San Diego

                                                                                                                                                              12 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              4.0

                                                                                                                                                              12 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on September 17, 2016

                                                                                                                                                              overall4food4service3ambience2

                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                            37. S

                                                                                                                                                              Snowtrekker

                                                                                                                                                              San Diego

                                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on September 16, 2016

                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service4ambience4

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

                                                                                                                                                            38. LT

                                                                                                                                                              LindsayT

                                                                                                                                                              Chicago

                                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                                              4.0

                                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on September 8, 2016

                                                                                                                                                              overall4food5service1ambience5

                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                            39. D

                                                                                                                                                              Diane

                                                                                                                                                              San Diego

                                                                                                                                                              7 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                              3.0

                                                                                                                                                              7 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on September 7, 2016

                                                                                                                                                              overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                            40. e

                                                                                                                                                              emmemmell

                                                                                                                                                              San Diego

                                                                                                                                                              22 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              3.0

                                                                                                                                                              22 reviews

                                                                                                                                                              Dined on September 2, 2016

                                                                                                                                                              overall3food3service5ambience3

                                                                                                                                                              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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