San Jose >Food & Dining > DiCicco's
2509 S Bascom Ave, Campbell, CA | Directions 9500837.277567 -121.932515
Neighborhoods: Dry Creek, Willow Glen
No longer in business – Drove by the other day. It's gone. There is now a Griller's in the same place.
It's just a bit pricey (maybe too steep..."Date" for two w/o wine...$90!) – It's an OK place!
Workable for a date(but overpriced a tad), or bringing guests too, or a family ...nice atmosphere, better than average food and portion size(took home plenty in our "doggies bags" and the food held up well over the next few days).
Also, a well-varied food selection (great tasty salad) and solid presentation. Service was friendly, but a bit slow (Friday night and the joint was full, so that can be forgiven).
Over-all, I had a nice time with a nice gal and this place didn't do my "first date" with her any harm! Except, to my wallet!
It seemed that all the others there were having a good time and a nice meal too! I'd give it a "thumbs up" to anyone except those on a budget like me. But, I couldn't "skimp" on a "first date"...right girls?
understaffed, slow, decent food – i have to say 3 years ago this place used to be good, but now the food and the service has gone downhill. i went in last night 9/24/07 and ended up staying there for close to an hour because it took the server 10 minutes to come to our table and ask us what we wanted for drinks and it took hi 20 minutes to get our check. he was the only server that i saw on the floor. There were only around 6 tables, and 3 tables were paying, and 1 eating. i do not understand how it takes 20 minutes to bring out a check, let alone 10 before we can even order our drinks. good restaurants know to greet their customers and get drinks started within 5 minutes of beng seated. the food was nothing special. The spaghetti was good but the lasagna was hard and costed $15 for the dish which is not worth it in my opinion. Im not sure if i will come back to this place considering the fact that the management should know how to schedule more than 1 server. Stop being cheap and provide the service that the customers deserve!!!
Editorial Review by Citysearch Editors – Since 1956, the authentic Italian restaurant has served traditional dishes to families and locals.
Sweet and Simple – This is the sweetest place in town. It looks like a real place in Italy when you walk in. The food in excellent and the staff is very nice. I always love going here because it is nevver super crowded, it is dark with candles and you feel like your all alone with your special someone. It is also a great family place since it is so big inside and spread out you can bring the kids. I have had many things on the menu and every single thing I have had has been yummy. The fried calamari appetizer is huge and melts in your mouth. GO GO GO if your hungry and want to beat the regualar suckers at the mall or on blossom hill waiting an hour to get into chilis. And oh yeah the prices are reasonable.
Great Service! Friendly Servers! Laughs! – This place has been here forever, according to our neighbors. We have just moved here from the east and were unsure about 'California Italian'. This restaurant is different from all the trendy Cal-Ital (as we call them) places around town. It is the real Italian food we were raised on. The ambiance is old-world Italian restaurant - just like home! Really busy on weekends, We also ate here mid-week and got a table no problem. The menu is huge, making it a little hard to decide what to eat. I had Chicken Parmigiana once and the special Chicken Ceasar (not a salad, some sort of sauce w/brandy) and it was FABULOUS! My husband had lasagna the first time, and then a chicken dish with artichokes and prawns. He loved them both. The prices are right where they should be. You could order a $12.00 pasta or a $20 Cioppino. It's pretty casual inside. There were people in jeans, and others were dressed up.
I mention laughs, because we enjoyed a Dean Martin impersonator the Saturday night we were there. He was great. Everyone was having a great time - even the servers got into the act a little. Everyone was hysterical. It gave us a feeling of a real family kind of place. I wish I had saved room for dessert. I ate way too much bread and too much fried Calamari and the servings here are huge! My husband had a cannoli. I didn't think it would be a good idea.... the last place we went had frozen cannoli. This one was REAL - homemade, fresh, crispy cookie, rich cheese... the way they are supposed to taste.
I recommend trying this place. It is larger inside than it looks, and everything was wonderful. Including lunch the next day! It's different than one of those chains in the mall. Easy to get to and easy to park too. Friendly friendly friendly!
Good decent Italian food – Tried it for a Sunday lunch. Place was not crowded. Service was prompt. Pastas were good. Alfredo Fettucine was not too creamy. Dessert was good. Good value for money. Service was prompt.
Great Party Place – My bowling league had a wounderful party at DiCiccos! When we arrived everything was set up and ready for us. They were kind enough to make up a special menu for us with our league name across the top. Everyone was very impressed. The meatball sandwich is always a the best. And the bread, to die for. I highly reccomend if you are planning a function to look to DiCiccos for all of your party needs.
TERRIBLE SERVICE for mediocre food – Highly NOT recommended. Our experience was so bad with their manager that I signed up for citysearch just to write this review. We had a large party of 12 for a birthday dinner. We get the bill and there's a cutting fee for cake of $4 per person which we weren't notified of (so $48 plus tax total). When we try to reason with the manager, she proceeds to disrespect our party saying "When you go to a real restaurant you have a cutting fee, This isn't Chilis or Chevys, I have to pay people to wash the dishes..." All in all, average food plus terrible service = GARBAGE. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME HERE unless you're rich and don't mind all the extra fees piled over you (They charge an extra $5 for sharing, and they charge you for occupying a seat and not buying something).
I'm sorry that this customer was not happy with his evening ... but this does take a little explaining! The group of 12 arrived 30 minutes before closing, no reservation and were irritated when they had to wait for us to set a table of 12. We were more than happy to seat them, but suggested they order somewhat promptly if they intended to have appetizers. They were told of the cake cutting fee upon arrival & asked me to put the cake in the refrigerator! I explained that a cutting fee is like a Corkage fee - the man understood and agreed. It was he who expressed that this same group had gone to Chilis the previous week for another persons b'day celebration and were not charged a cake cutting fee. A "Split Charge" is noted in plain sight on our menu. This is a customary charge in most restaurants like ours. There service was impeccable that evening as one of our best servers was assigned to their table. We do NOT charge for occupying a seat, but we do assume that people will eat!
Quite good food, but I definitely felt like a 2nd class citizen due to treatment by staff and management – The new ownership leaves something to be desired. For eating in, the price and quality are good, though, as stated, the service is the worst I have EVER recieved. For take out, the trays are a bit pricey and the service is slow. If they state a time when the food will be ready, it should be ready. I ended up waiting (twice) about 10 minutes each time, and not because the restaurant was busy...the food was just not yet ready. Overall, if they decide to treat you well, I'm sure it would be an enjoyable experience, but it was always negative...I must have been feeling masochistic since it took me a few experiences to figure things out. I don't know the owners or staff in any way, this is not meant to be malicious but I cannot in all honesty give this restaurant a positive review. Even though the food is good, I refuse to support the business due to shabby treatment.
I'm sorry that this gentlemen felt that he was treated poorly. Since owning the restaurant we have taken pride in the fact that we have developed so many return customers! We tell customers on the phone that their orders will take 15-20 minutes, longer if we are busy, longer for pizza. I don't know why his gentleman's order took longer these evenings, but I will say that if he had made his feelings known we would have taken care of things long before he ever got this angry! I would invite this gentleman to give us a try, and I apologize if he was not treated as he expected to be treated!
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