Ciccia
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Welcome to Ciccia Osteria, an exciting new concept in authentic Italian cuisine located in the vibrant neighborhood of Barrio Logan.

Ciccia is a term of endearment, similar to “sweetie”, that parents in Italy often call their children, and this love-child of renowned Chefs Francesca Penoncelli and Mario Casineri was born from the culinary artists’ experiences cooking in kitchens all around the world. In Italy, an Osteria is a restaurant serving simple food and wine, with the menu of traditional recipes based around daily availability of ingredients. Customers traditionally order and pay at the counter, and then sit at the table of their choice—there are no reserved tables. The osteria is usually run by l’oste or host, who sees to the satisfaction of the guests.

At Ciccia Osteria, we have embraced this concept to bring our customers delicious, affordable cuisine in a cozy, welcoming atmosphere. From our hand-crafted pasta to our perfect-ending desserts, our dishes have at their heart the time-honored recipes we learned in our mothers’ and grandmothers’ kitchens in our native Italy, interpreted with a modern touch. Our wines are carefully curated to enhance the enjoyment of every dish. We invite you to experience for yourself the simple pleasure of authentic Italian cuisine at Ciccia Osteria.



THE CHEFS

A Life dedicated to the art of modern Italian cuisine
Chef Francesca’s inspiration comes from a deep-rooted passion for food, a result of an Italian upbringing filled with warm memories of family dinners, picking fruit and vegetables from her grandmother’s garden and foraging for mushrooms and berries with her grandfather. Chef Francesca began working in the kitchen when she was just 14-years-old during holiday breaks from school, where she quickly picked up the basic skills she would later perfect during five years at culinary school in Piedmont, Italy.

After finishing culinary school, Chef Francesca went on to work in kitchens around the world, flourishing as a chef while embracing other cultures in France, South Korea, Lebanon, Dubai and throughout the United States. During her experience as Sous Chef at BiCE Ristorante in San Diego, Chef Francesca has gained a following as the mastermind behind the restaurant’s Italian imported cheese bar and remarkable dessert menu. In the BiCE kitchen, Chef Francesca worked closely with Chef Mario Cassineri to create fresh and flavorful dishes incorporating homemade pasta, sauces and more.

Chef Mario Cassineri who was born and raised in Milan, Italy, infuses a taste of cultural flare and tradition into each flavorful dish that he designs. Driven by a desire to both delight his guests as well as put a modern spin on contemporary dishes, Chef Mario credits his success in the kitchen to two defining attributes: palate and passion.



Dine In

Mario, Francesca and the rest of the Ciccia family are welcoming you to Dine in from Thursday until Monday every week. Our large patio is perfect for Al Fresco dining under the beautiful San Diego skies.

We recommend reservations BY PHONE ONLY(619) 674-4069 so we can be sure to have a table ready for you.

In the pursuit of a safe and healthy environment, we are following all COVID-19 guidelines closely. As such, a face covering is required while not seated at a table, and all parties must be complete in order to be seated.


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SPECIALS

Chef Francesca has daily specials, please check our social media accounts – Facebook and Instagram – for information on the specials. Those specials are available only through phone orders at this time.



TESTIMONIALS

Ciccia Osteria
4.8
Based on 187 reviews
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Fred Caminite
Fred Caminite
04:44 19 Nov 20
I’m reluctant to tell how great this place is, otherwise it will be overrun with new fans. The husband and wife owners are super friendly hosts and chef. Pizza Wednesday offers a selection not to be found anywhere else, on dough that takes 72 hours to make. We’ve been here more than a dozen times and are always amazed at the amazing food. Ciao!read more
Rachael Brown
Rachael Brown
15:01 13 Oct 20
This place has a lovely atmosphere and excellent food. The wait staff were friendly and attentive and we had a wonderful time.read more
Luana Caballero
Luana Caballero
16:56 06 Oct 20
Food was delicious! Nice alternative to Mexican in the area. Everyone was very kind.
Richard Holm
Richard Holm
19:47 03 Oct 20
This place is a true gem. We always love coming here and introducing friends to the incredible cuisine and flavors.
Ahmad S. Khan
Ahmad S. Khan
02:39 13 Sep 20
Beautiful low key laid back place with amazing food at a decent price. Anyone know if it’s Italian or Italian / Greek fusion? Somehow I got the fusion vibe in terms of the food.read more
Denisse Torres
Denisse Torres
03:43 07 Sep 20
What a beautiful experience! I absolutely loved everything about Ciccia Osteria. The atmosphere is so warm and inviting. The owners/workers are very attentive and kind. They have authentic Italian cuisine. A selection of wine and alcoholic beverages. Very reasonable prices. They have a vegan menu (for all my fellow vegans out there) as well as a GF menu. Did I mention they have delicious vegan desserts!? I highly highly recommend! Perfect for friend lunch dates, for family dinners, or a nice fancy dinner date with your significant other. You will leave with a happy tummy and a smile on your face I guarantee it!Thank you Ciccia Osteria for the wonderful experience!read more
India Milne
India Milne
01:57 30 Aug 20
From the food, to the ambiance, to the staff – everything is impeccable. This is true Italian food from friendly Italians who are passionate about their food and their customers. I come here every time I am back in town and it’s a regular for my parents. I’m drooling now just thinking about going back!!read more
Darcy Kovacs
Darcy Kovacs
03:12 23 Aug 20
Absolutely delicious! Took food to go, and ordered all vegan for the friends I was having over….so so so good.I recommend you try this place.read more
Monica Contreras
Monica Contreras
01:15 15 Aug 20
Amazing, cant go wrong with Francesca and Mario! Delicious food, great service!
Tim Mendeola
Tim Mendeola
04:28 10 Jul 20
The service was great here. The food was great. Nice atmosphere and a very welcome time outside of the house. I very much recommend this Barrio Logan gem.read more
Mallory Stratton
Mallory Stratton
18:43 26 Jun 20
Went here for the first time last night. We ordered the Fettuccine Bolognese and the Orzotto. Both were delicious! The onion bread they hand out was a nice surprise as well. I recommend sitting outside if the weather is nice. A great addition to this area!read more
xihunelt granados
xihunelt granados
06:38 17 Jun 20
This place is by far the best Italian food in San Diego. Barrio Logan is starting to build itself up and this is not your typical spaghetti and meatball type of place. Mario and his wife do an incredible job of entertaining, interacting, and making each guest feel important. If you have not eaten here yet, you are missing out. Great plates, cant go wrong with anything on the menu and the prices are more than fair. Also, they have a wonderful list of wines and Mario can help you pick out the perfect wine to go with your dinner and his wife, the head chef, will often come out and check on the guests and ask how the food is. GREAT PLACE and a MUST GO!read more
Serena Kim
Serena Kim
03:15 29 Mar 20
If you are a resident or visiting San Diego, this is a must-visit. It feels like a piece or Italy transported to San Diego. The food is delicious, the atmosphere quaint and the space so inviting. The love for the food and true Italian cuisine comes through in every dish. Try their mushroom flan and any pasta dish and tiramisu! Add it to the Date Night list, family dinner or birthday treat. Thank you Francesca and Mario, you’re the best!read more
Ryan Fay
Ryan Fay
01:36 15 Mar 20
Fresh and authentic Italian in a charming and intimate ambiance. Sei un mito! This place is amazing and does not disappoint. Highly recommend everything on the menu and to try a few of the specials they are delizioso! The owner and staff are amazing and a delight!read more
Water Heater Online NCWHS
Water Heater Online NCWHS
17:40 23 Feb 20
This is the real vibe of Italy.Excellent food delicious and service is great.Definitely we can recommend that please to our friends THANK YOU FRANCESCA YOU ORE AMAZING 😀read more
Natalia Majewska
Natalia Majewska
03:51 04 Jan 20
Absolutely delicious! Came here twice during our 5 day stay in San Diego. Everything was fresh and just tasted amazing. Service was also great – need to order at the counter but then can order dessert at the table.read more
Annie Lou
Annie Lou
19:42 31 Dec 19
My girlfriends and I all LOVE owners Francesca, Mario and the magical place they’ve created Ciccia Osteria!!!! Such a lovely business w warmth, liveliness and of course amazing food. You do order at the counter to start, but you can order more food and drink from the table once seated. A tiny change but you’ll hardly remember once you start eating their incredible dishes. Every time we come here, we enjoy it more than the last time 🙂 Thank you Ciccia Osteria for always providing such great service and an always overall beautiful experience. Everyone – Come eat here!read more
Emily Montoya Barnes, Las Vegas Harpist
Emily Montoya Barnes, Las Vegas Harpist
03:50 09 Dec 19
Wow! My family ate here for dinner tonight and we all loved it!! The staff are incredible, so friendly. And the food is amazing. We were especially crazy about the spreadable cheese that comes with the bread, I’ve never tasted anything like it. The food will blow you away and the prices are extremely reasonable. Highly recommend!read more
Maria Haase
Maria Haase
00:46 02 Nov 19
Love this place! Such a nice atmosphere and great food. Everything we tasted was absolutely delectable and tasted like back in Italy (the owners are Italians). Can’t wait to come back!read more
Joe Phillipson
Joe Phillipson
02:46 14 Oct 19
Absolutely fantastic from start to finish. The service is best ever but the food is to die for. Owner are very generous and gracious. Prices are very good much lower than you would think compared to the meals you get. Will be going back often.read more
Tony Turner
Tony Turner
04:48 12 Oct 19
Casual counter ordering, indoor and outdoor seating in garden patio setting. Three menus (Regular, gluten free and vegan). Excellent pastas and friendly staff. Modest and delectable wines. Affordable prices encourage you to return again and again.read more
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HOURS


Monday
4:30PM – 9:30PM
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
Closed
Thursday
4:30PM – 9:30PM
Friday
4:30PM – 9:30 PM
Saturday AM
12:00PM – 2:30PM
Saturday PM
4:30PM – 10:00PM
Sunday AM
12:00PM – 2:30PM
Sunday PM
4:30PM – 9:30PM

CONTACT DETAILS


2233 Logan Ave,
San Diego, CA 92113


TEL. (619) 674-4069



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