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Italian Dining in Old Town

Jack and Giulios
The view from the patio
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Old Town is known for its Mexican Food, but tucked away at the Southern end of San Diego Avenue’s run through the center of Old Town is one of the city's best Italian Restaurants. Long time San Diegan's remember "Giulio's" in Pacific Beach where "Nick's" now stands. Giulio’s was founded by Giulio Peveri in 1961. In 1963, Jack Peveri, his son, joined the company and the restaurant moved to Old Town as "Jack and Giulios."

Stroll down San Diego Avenue and you'll see a brick surrounded patio with an open iron gate.

Jack and Giulios
The bar inside
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Walk on in and you'll enter a bit of Italy, continue up the stone patio, past the fountain, and you'll be greeted by one of the genial staff or it's as likely that Jack or his gracious wife, Wendy will be thre to seat you. You can take up a spot on the patio or in one of the intimate booths or at a table in the center of the room. Or you can take a seat at the rich, dark wood and brass bar where you can be served a glass of Chianti or an entire meal. The full bar offers a great place to sip a martini or try Jack's selection of Italian wines. There is also a back porch ideal for large parties or more private dining.

Jack and Giulios
Tagliarin ala Jack
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Giulio will likely be in the kitchen. The specials are posted on a chalkboard above the small, narrow window through which you can see him at work.

So, now you’re seated and it's time to savor the menu. For a long time, I looked over the whole menu on each visit and then I ordered the "Swallow's Nest", pasta rolled with ham, cheese and tomato sauce and then baked. A basket of fresh bread will arrive just in time,dipping that in olive oil and balsamic vinegar will stave off the first wave of hunger that will hit you.

From the salads through the desert tray there are treats all over the menu. The Insalata California is a festive plate of Romaine, avocado, roquefort cheese, bacon, extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. A traditional Antipasto might be your choice, but you can also sample the J&G Special Salad of juliened romaine, chopped walnuts, parmesan and a special house dressing.

For soup? Two words: Shrimp Bisque. 'nuff said.

Ready for pasta? Try the "Tagliarin ala Jack", pronounced "tah-lya-reen", a mouth watering toss of noodles with fresh tomato, mushroom, chopped onions and smoked bacon; or one of my favorites, "Spaghetti New Orleans" where mussels, clams, shrimp and chunks of sea bass or swordfish are nestled among the perfectly prepared spaghetti pasta.

Think you can't do Atkins at an Italian restaurant, try the Filet Mignon in Cognac or the Scampi Alla Giulio. Now the scampi will set Giulio's reputation in stone for you. It's said that nobody knows what Giulio does that makes the food so good, but you’ll be so happy he does it.

For a tasty lunch or a night of fine dining, you’ll enjoy Jack and Giulio's in Old Town.

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  • City: San Diego
  • Phone: 619-294-2074
  • Name: Jack & Giulio's
  • Address: 2391 San Diego Avenue