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Nucci's Italian Cafe

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1580 S Melrose Dr, Vista, CA 92081-7470
+1 760-598-1005
11:00 - 21:00
Closed now
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Sun 16:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 16:00 - 22:00
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Carlsbad, California
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
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18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
Vista, California
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53 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
Vista, California
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles 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 meal in itself. All the servings are very large and can easily be shared.

Thank newellmom
Oceanside, California
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97 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 the meal, and the bread was hot and garlicky. This was the first time we... More 

Thank lesiel
Temecula, California
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 high end Italian places I have eaten. I do know Italian food being from the... More 

Thank Mister M
Oceanside, California
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

We arrived and the owner was there to greet everyone. We were seated quickly, and I was surprised how full it was for 5:45 PM. After ordering drinks, we were served garlic bread which was really tasty. I usually don't load up on carbs before a meal, but I had easily 2-3 pieces of these addictive appetizers. All of the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016 via mobile

Atmosphere perfect for a date night larger portions, friendly staff order the pizza better than the pasta

Thank Quin G
Oceanside, California
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2016

Well prepared authentic Italian meals served with pleasant wait staff at very reasonable prices. Love it!

Thank Andres H
Carlsbad, CA
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91 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

I joined a couple of friends for lunch. Nucci's atmosphere reminds me of the old fashioned Italian restaurants that I used to occasionally eat at growing up in Los Angeles. Can't remember what my friends ordered, but I selected an Italian sub panini and Caesar salad combo. They started off our meal with a basket of warm bread and butter.... More 

Thank dml718

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, 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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?