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Our Story

Roberto Vigilucci is passionate about food. He prides himself on unparalleled Italian home cooking reminiscent of his childhood in Milano, where families are raised in kitchens and food is a centerpiece of the culture.

Upon visiting the U.S. in the mid-1980s, Roberto fell in love with San Diego and decided to call it home. Long sensing a need for classic Italian cuisine in San Diego, Roberto opened his first restaurant, Vigilucci’s Trattoria, in 1994 in downtown Encinitas. The Trattoria was an instant success and quickly became one of San Diego’s most popular dining spots. The restaurant moved to a larger location in Leucadia in 2004.

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Cucina Italiana

Italian goodness! Nestled in the heart of downtown Carlsbad, Vigilucci’s Cucina Italiana is the perfect spot for a night out, with fabulous food and award-winning service. Enjoy a delicious lunch on our outdoor patio or start the evening off at our full-service bar then enjoy a classic Italian dinner and a great bottle of wine.

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Trattoria Italiana

Vigilucci’s Trattoria Italiana, located in Leucadia, is not only a favorite of North County diners, but also Italians across the country who liken the fare to that served in Italy. The authentic Florentine wood-burning brick oven creates pizzas much like one would find in Italy. A favorite among locals, the Trattoria has a dog-friendly patio.

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Seafood & Steakhouse

Located directly across from the tranquil waves of the Pacific Ocean, enjoy breathtaking views of the evening sunset while our chefs prepare the most exquisite cuisine in North County. Our menu features only certified prime steaks and the freshest seafood, all with a signature Italian flair. We also feature an award-winning wine list.

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Plan an event

Host your holiday party, milestone celebration or corporate event at one of our unique restaurants, and we’ll make it a very special occasion. Vigilucci’s restaurants are renowned for award-winning cuisine, superb service and precise attention to detail. We offer authentic homemade pastas, prime steaks and fresh seafood in casual yet upscale surroundings. Private and semi private event rooms are available and our staff will be happy to customize your menu, whether it’s for a cocktail event, buffet, multi-course dinner, wedding reception, or private dining.

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