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Downtown Pismo Beach has some amazing little gems, as far as restaurants to eat at after a surf.  Now whether this, “after surf,” is with the bros or with the whole family, Guiseppe’s Express Deli and Pizza restaurant is again, like all the places we feature on, a family owned restaurant, and a 10 out of 10.

The deli falls too, into the surfer realm, because it’s run and managed by one of the coolest guys in town, Paul Simplicio.  Paul, an insane body boarder, has traveled the world for surf, and his picture on the wall getting tubed in Bali hangs, along with the best surfers in Pismo Beach, on the entrance wall as you step inside the restaurant pizza/deli.  That being said, a surfer feels right at home when he/she enters.

As far as the food is concerned, it’s not that 30 min or less throw something together and market the heck out of it corpo stuff you see on t.v. from Dominos or Little John’s, rather, this is the “G.S.,” if you know what I mean.  The Good Sh$%!  Seemingly straight out of Italy, each bit into the thick Italian pizza crust sends my mind into a semi-stunned trance of tranquility and stoke.  It’s like there’s moments when I can remember walking the Italian Riveria, munching on small pizzas and enjoying a view of the Mediterranean Sea…

Alright, alright, maybe I’m getting a little carried away with my over-sensitized romantic language that I learned at Cal Poly in the English Program, but no joke, the pizza here is the best in the county…which is why we went there!

The pasta’s are all insane too, my favorite being the Capellini.  If you asked photo editor Jeff Pfost, who went and did this review with me, he’s all about the Lasagna and Pastrami Sandwiches.  I was able to finagle half of that sandwich from him…you know, I had to taste it to be able to write about it.  Anyway, that Pastrami Sando tasted like perfectly cooked, thinly sliced bacon, melting in my mouth with each bite.  If you’re a bacon or pastrami lover, I’m going to make the call for your next meal, Guiseppe’s Express!

Don’t think the desert was any slouch either.  Top quality, again, as if they were training Italian chef’s in the back and only putting the top five deserts of the competition out for the public.  I’m salivating like Pavlov’s Dog right now just thinking about it.  I think I know where I’m going to lunch…and maybe dinner too today.

All in all, between the family run business, the mellow surf atmosphere, the proximity to the beach, and 10 out of 10 food, it’s a no brainer where you should go when you’re in the mood for Pizza or italian in Pismo Beach.