Ciccia
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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.



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 151 reviews
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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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