"People who love to eat are always the best people" ~ Julia Child
My friend Jenn has some time to kill while she waits for her daughter to be finished with her gymnastics class so she asks if I would like to go to dinner with her. Originally, we were going to go to Taste of SLO on Broad St in San Luis Obispo however, it appears that Taste has officially caught on for the great restaurant that it is because they are packed and it is a 30 minute wait for a table.
(I will get to Taste and review them at some point, they are well worth it!)
Jenn and I decide that we are just too starving to wait, so we venture across the street to Nucci’s on Broad. Well, we ventured diagonal across the street if you want to be technical.
Nucci’s (pronounced “New-Cheese”) has been around SLO for YEARS and they have 2 locations: The one on Broad that we are about to eat at, and another across town on Foothill. I’d say the Broad location is a bit better for a dine-in dinner experience, whereas the Foothill location feels more of a quick lunch stop. Both serve the same delicious food, though, so you can’t go wrong at either.
The Nucci’s on Broad is located in a little strip mall with various businesses and restaurants surrounding it such as, Cool Cat Café (excellent burgers and shakes), an insurance business (I think??), a crepe restaurant (which I should probably add to the list of places to check out), a video store (What? Those things are still around?), and a liquor store. The ambiance of the restaurant is very simple; nothing fancy. There is a register where you can order or pick up your food to go (during the day you order your food, sit, and they bring it to you) and a couple of tables and chairs. There are a couple of tables for outside dining, but they do not do seating out there after it starts to get dark.
Our waitress for the evening, and I’m lame I didn’t catch her name, was very sweet and funny. She had a great personality and she was fun for us to joke around with.
Nucci’s menu includes appetizers (breadstix, bruschetta, and garlic bread), pizza (create your own or house combinations), pastas (including mac & cheese), salads, and sandwiches. The items that they are probably most known for are the Meatball Sandwich, Chicken Caesar Pocket Sandwich, and their Raspberry Salad. Their Raspberry Salad is pretty unique and includes lettuce, apple slices, glazed walnuts, bleu cheese and their housemade poppyseed dressing. Ordering one of their salads does include a breadstick (2 if you get the large sized salad). Their prices are very reasonable, especially considering the quality and quantity of food you’re getting. The prices range from $8 to $16, depending on the item and the size.
Jenn and I started off with a glass of Claiborne & Churchill’s Pinot Gris ($6.50) and an order of Breadstix ($4 for 4). Their breadstix are soooo good!! They were fresh out of the oven so they were hot, soft and fluffy. You can either get a side of ranch or marinara for the dippin’. We chose both because, why not?
The wine was very good too. I do enjoy many of the wines that C&C offers, especially their Riesling.
For dinner, Jenn ordered their house green salad with a side of their parmesan chicken. For $4, you can add their baked parmesan chicken to any dish, including one of their many salads, or even order it just by itself. It is delicious.
I ordered the mini chicken teriyaki pizza. It is a small 8” personal sized pizza for $9 and it is PLENTY!! The pizza arrived fresh out of the oven, was super cheesy, and also delicious.
Overall, our dining experience was great. Good food, good company, and good service. The prices are very reasonable in my opinion. My dinner came to $21, not including tip, which is pretty good considering I ordered a glass of wine and an appetizer. I would recommend swinging into Nucci’s (again, either location) as you won’t be disappointed. If you stop in for lunch, they do have some great lunch specials. Usually it’s a slice of one of their house combination pizzas and a salad (with a breadstick).
Stay tuned for my next restaurant review coming up…I actually found a good place to eat in Atascadero (shocking!) and it wasn’t Thai, Mexican or Fast Food (shocking again!).
Update: Review can now be found here - Street Side Ale
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