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Nucci's Italian Cafe

) #15 of 195 Restaurants in Vista €€ - €€€ Italian
1580 S Melrose Dr, Vista, CA 92081-7470
+1 760-598-1005
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good27%
  • Average13%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“garlic knots” (4 reviews)
“caesar salad” (3 reviews)
“manicotti” (2 reviews)
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1580 S Melrose Dr, Vista, CA 92081-7470
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Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

Great family Italian restaurant. Perfect blend of casual, attentive (without being suffocating), friendly service. As in the title, great garlic knots....fresh, hot, with garlic and melted sliding off the sides. I had spaghetti carbonara....excellent. my wife had something she was enjoying but the carbonara was...More

Thank Chris O
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

Been coming here for years! The manicotti and lasagne are my favorites. If you need a large party there is a separate room. We have been to several sports banquets here over the years, the food and service are always great!

Thank Denise C
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Unlike prior visits with my sister, this one was a bummer. I went on a week night to support a fund raising event. I found out that I needed some slip from the church bulletin that I did not have, so not sure if the...More

Thank Paulette P
Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

Been coming there for years. The lasagne and manicotti are my favorites. The place could definitely use a decor update, but the food and local atmosphere are why you come here.

Thank Denise C
Reviewed 24 August 2016

The Nucci family provides a genuine Italian experience with a very large selection of pastas and entrees! Love the "senior" discount on Wednesdays.

Thank JudgeJim777
Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Large menu, fast service friendly owners. My go to place! They have the best garlic knots! Sandwiches aren't great since they are VERY stingy on meat. Everything else is great!

Thank Vivian W
Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

Was here for a dinner after work.the place looks nice and clean the food is good and the staff is friendly. Definitely I will be here once a week

Thank Alexandru C
Reviewed 14 August 2016

This is my go to restaurant for Italian food. Love anything with their rosa sauce. Yes they could remove some of the fake ivy but if you are looking for good food, this is the place. Soups are home made. The antipasti salad is a...More

Thank newellmom
Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

My chicken dish was perfect and very ample. My husband gave the lasagna a pass but the meat was only in the sauce that was on top not layered in the pasta layers. The soup was very nice as was the salad that came with...More

Thank lesiel
Reviewed 6 July 2016

My wife and I eat here a couple times a month. The food is very consistent, the people working there go above and beyond to make your experience a good one. It is a small local place feel but the food is better than most...More

Thank Mister M
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
I can't eat tomato, cheese or lemon! Can I order the veal parmigiana without those items? Do you still serve eggplant parmigiana?
4 March 2017|
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Response from Denise C | Reviewed this property |
Seems to me that any parmigiana sauce is tomato based. I think you're out of luck.
Why don't you have anything that is vegetarian or vegan, such as primavera spaghetti, pesto sauce, mushroom sauce without veal or shrimp?. Veal is the most horrendous cruel meat ever, baby cows treated under horrible circumstances, how can ethically serve this?
30 June 2016|
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Response from dml718 | Reviewed this property |
Suggest you call and ask to speak with the manager.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1580 S Melrose Dr, Vista, CA 92081-7470
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Vista
  • Phone Number: +1 760-598-1005
  • E-mail
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