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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 - 22:00
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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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Naperville, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 church got the promised percentage. The waiter said it would, but I was not convinced.... More 

Thank Paulette P
Vista, California
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4 of 5 bubbles 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
Carlsbad, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 credit card Amex Card Member Review

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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 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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69 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 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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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 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

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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
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats
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?