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DiCicco's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria- Escondido, Escondido, CA

DiCicco's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria- Escondido

4.3
4.3
180 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

In the spring of 1956, Mama and Papa DiCicco and their four sons opened the original DiCicco’s restaurant in Fresno, California. The four brothers, Nicola, Alberto, Frank, and Roberto would open the doors 7 days a week as the family worked together, singing Italian songs and tossing pizzas. DiCicco’s quickly became known as the place to go for great Italian food, family fun, and authentic atmosphere. Over the years, members of the DiCicco’s family have opened 19 restaurants across California’s central valley, many of which are independently owned and operated. Our newest location in Escondido is looking forward to carrying on the DiCicco’s tradition of serving great Italian comfort food in a warm and inviting atmosphere.

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Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Unspecified

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed 11:30 am–8:00 pm
    Thu–Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (858) 391-4422

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Kevin Childs

  • Catering

    Host your special events with DiCicco’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria Catering Service. Select from our specialty menus or create your own! Offering elegant preparations, tray passed appetizers, buffet style and plated dinners. Half Trays serves 8-10 Full Trays serves 16-20 All trays are available for pick-up or delivery. Orders must be placed at least 24 hour in advance. For more details about our catering services and our catering menu please visit: https://diciccospizza.com/catering/

  • Private party facilities

    Plan your next private event with DiCicco’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, fit for any occasion and accommodating groups of various sizes. Select from our specialty menus or create your own! Offering elegant preparations, tray passed appetizers, buffet style and plated dinners. There is something for everyone at DiCicco’s. DiCicco’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria features a completely private dining space with a long custom built banquet seating in combination with free standing tables set in the design style of the restaurant, a mix of modern luxury and classic elements. This space is perfect for medium sized groups up to 25 guest for the use of business dinners, meetings, mixers, or for special occasions such as birthday parties and anniversaries.

  • Neighborhood

    Escondido

  • Cross street

    Centre City Parkway, W 13th Ave

  • Parking details

    Large public parking lot with plenty of parking spaces for guests.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

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What 180 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. S

    Symilarian

    San Diego

    67 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    67 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience3

    Just an average Italian restaurant. The menu was limited. Music in the Bar area sounded good and the place was crowded at 6 PM. So go early if you want to eat in the bar. The service was very good. Our server Tatianna was attentive and delightful. They also have a wine cheese bar called Cork and Knife. We didn't go but it looked interesting.

  2. T

    Tami

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server, Nikki, was exceptional. Manager , Tim, was fantastic. Food was great. First time here with friends who recommended it. Will definitely be back soon!

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Was fairly bland - had the ravioli Marsala and sauce was way to sweet. Other dishes were bland or just ok. One person had spaghetti and meatballs and liked that - so cool old school place but stick to pizza and spaghetti don’t venture into much else.

  4. SS

    SandiS

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Chicken Piccata was delicious and so was the side salad. Portions was were pretty big so took home another meal. I'd skip dessert, it was underwhelming for the price (looks good, but was a let down). I would go back.

  5. RV

    RicchyV

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and good service.

  6. TH

    TomH

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We have enjoyed DiCiccos many times for dining, meeting up with friends, having a beverage or two, and enjoying the live music. The ambiance is wonderful and usually not a loud or raucous place. Perfect for enjoying a nice evening with friends or family. Great pizza, appetizers, and entrees…always good food!

  7. SB

    SueB

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Ate for the first time at DiCicco's on Easter Sunday. We sat on the patio and loved it. The service was very attentive - our server Monica was awesome as well as the manager Tim stopping by to check on us. My only disappointment was that the brunch choices were very few, yet they advertised an Easter brunch. We ate off the regular menu and there was no shortage of delicious food and bottomless mimosas (or as I had, a poinsettia). Our choices were fried zucchini, Chicken Piccatta, Spinach Ravioli, Calzone and pizza. No complaints - all were delicious. I would for sure recommend this place and we will be back. Thank you for making our Easter Meal so special.

  8. RO

    RichardO

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went to DiCiccio’s Easter Brunch. Had the choice of the full menu and/or the limited choice of breakfasts. Two of us opted for breakfast, 2 chose from the dinner menu. Everyone enjoyed their meal and the service was wonderful, given the fact that the waiter had to constantly refill our Mimosas.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5

    Frankly, we have had better service there in the past.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great time dining in the bar listening to the live music of Dave Scott and Bobby.

  11. DS

    DonaldS

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    The food was excellent, service very nice. The place is fun to eat at.

  12. GL

    GaryL

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food excellent Dave Scott FANTASTIC

  13. JS

    JohnS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    great restaurant….good food and service….very nice staff

  14. J

    John

    San Diego

    59 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Great neighborhood hang out with a lively bar area with live music.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Friday night live jazz!!! The band is great, which makes the ambiance awesome. An older crowd for the live music, but it’s great. You can tell who the regulars are. The food was a lot but delicious. True to form in Italian fashion. Definitely going back!

  16. SO

    ShellOfCarlsbad

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Love the warm old school ambiance. Nice family style with a touch of elegance. Highlight is Dave Scott & Bobby Lanuza playing in the lounge on Friday nights.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    The entries were very delicious but the salads had a lot to be desired. Service was good and the live music coming from the bar area was great! We cannot wait to go back!!

  18. RV

    RicchyV

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service was over the top... Our waiter was very knowledgeable and professional... Food was very delicious...

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service manager was friendly and nice our waiter was nice as well. Thank you

  20. BN

    BarbaraN

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    I came for the Frank Sinatra music, dinner & wine. Very entertaining, food delicious, wine good.

  21. KI

    KevinI

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Restaurant was spacious and food was top quality. Wife and I shared a combination plate of ravioli, lasagna and spaghetti and each had a side salad. Plenty of food with great flavor.

  22. L

    Louise

    San Diego

    25 reviews

    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    My husband and I love the unique flavor of DiCicco's spaghetti with meat sauce and meatballs and regularly bring guests with us so they can enjoy the food here. It's rather new and we try to eat there when we can because we want them to stay open.

  23. JP

    JenniferP

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5

    The food was lacking flavor and not worth the price that they were charging. The service was great though

  24. M

    Marycela

    San Diego

    30 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5

    We tried different dishes, but chicken taste like pressed frozen chicken. All our food was cold/warm and clam chowder taste like chicken soup. A least the wine was good

  25. LB

    LilBuc

    San Diego

    72 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Food was ok, Cesar salad was good, eggplant was too thick but tasty; piccata chicken was too thick and dry. Disappointed and surprised at previous ratings, unless it was a bad night for them.

  26. A

    Archie

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience2

    Service OK slow since we were the only customers. Just OK my main course was actually very good tasty. Its a wait and see if service gets better.

  27. KW

    KerriW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    This is a very good restaurant and we definitely want to go back again.

  28. G

    Guest

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    Appetizers not so good specifically the calamari. Caesar salad and pizza were good

  29. F

    Fred

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    The service is friendly yet efficient. Food is really good with flavors you would expect out of Italy. The ambience well. its an old Marie Calendars so it confuses the total experience but do not let that stop you. Support this restaurant it is good value and you want be disappointed. My wife and I will definitely be returning to try out more of the dishes.

  30. RI

    RITAO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great waiter, wonderful menu, good food and ambiance!

  31. F

    Friskie

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience1

    We were there for lunch and the restaurant was very cold when I said something to the waiter he brought out a space heater. Didn’t help much. Everything was very expensive and I will not be going back

  32. VO

    VictorO

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2

    The food and service were terrific. The live music in the bar was great. The building is an old Marie Calendars and so the ambience is not quite up to par with the food and service. I will definitely go back and have already recommended the place to several of my friends.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food, great music, friendly wait staff.

  34. f

    friday4

    San Diego

    28 reviews

    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Three of us had a good meal. The carbonara was not good. The service was not good. It took a long time to get our food. Once we were given our first drinks and placed our dinner order, our server never came back. We had to ask another server to ask our server to stop by. They did give us desert at no cost. We should have eaten in the bar, but there were no tables open. The entertainment in the bar on Friday is awesome! Next time we go, we will get there early and grab a table in the bar!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love the food! My favorite local restaurant.

    DiCicco's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria- EscondidoResponded on December 8, 2021

    Thank you for the feedback. Can't wait to have you come back again.

  36. D

    Dave

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall2food2service4ambience2

    The chicken entrees and salads were good. The veg Parmesan was flavorless and tough. The cheesy garlic bread was cold and lacking any flavor.

  37. BW

    BibiW

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience3

    The food was better than Olive Garden. However, it was expensive given the quality. Our waiter must have been new. He forgot our appetizer, brought one glass of wine when we wanted a bottle, delivered a salad which was not ordered to another table. There are other, comparable Italian restaurants in Escondido.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    One entree, seafood fettuccini, excellent. Fried zucchini appetizer very good Caprese salad not as fresh as it has been on other visits Excellent service and nice ambience as always

  39. K

    Kristid

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Must try ,great Italian food. Live music and good ambience

  40. DI

    DisappointedInVegas

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2021

    overall1food1service3ambience2

    Terrible food

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

DiCicco's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria- Escondido does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. DiCicco's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria- Escondido also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 391-4422.

DiCicco's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria- Escondido is rated 4.3 stars by 180 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 2 times today
Google Map for DiCicco's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria- Escondido

515 W 13th Ave. Escondido, CA 92025

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Centre City Parkway, W 13th Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Escondido

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed 11:30 am–8:00 pm
    Thu–Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Large public parking lot with plenty of parking spaces for guests.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Kevin Childs

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (858) 391-4422

  • Catering

    Host your special events with DiCicco’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria Catering Service. Select from our specialty menus or create your own! Offering elegant preparations, tray passed appetizers, buffet style and plated dinners. Half Trays serves 8-10 Full Trays serves 16-20 All trays are available for pick-up or delivery. Orders must be placed at least 24 hour in advance. For more details about our catering services and our catering menu please visit: https://diciccospizza.com/catering/

  • Private party facilities

    Plan your next private event with DiCicco’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, fit for any occasion and accommodating groups of various sizes. Select from our specialty menus or create your own! Offering elegant preparations, tray passed appetizers, buffet style and plated dinners. There is something for everyone at DiCicco’s. DiCicco’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria features a completely private dining space with a long custom built banquet seating in combination with free standing tables set in the design style of the restaurant, a mix of modern luxury and classic elements. This space is perfect for medium sized groups up to 25 guest for the use of business dinners, meetings, mixers, or for special occasions such as birthday parties and anniversaries.

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