Decades-Old Northern California Chain DiCicco's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria Ending Run In San Diego's North County

January 11, 2023

Northern California's six decades-old DiCicco's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria is closing its sole area location in San Diego's North County after only a short run.

In 1956, Mamma and Papa Di Cicco and their four sons opened the first DiCicco's Italian Restaurant in Fresno, CA. Over the years, members of the DiCicco's family have opened nearly 20 restaurants around California, many of which are independently owned and operated. For the San Diego location, Sandy DiCicco partnered with San Diego's Grand Restaurant Group (Bellamy's, Nick & G's, Giaola Italian Kitchen, Cork & Knife, Alejandra’s Fine Mexican Food & Cantina) to bring her family's legacy to Escondido.

In December 2020, DiCicco's opened in the nearly 10,000 square-foot standalone building previously occupied by a Marie Callender's Restaurant & Bakery in Escondido. The restaurant will close after end of service today. Neighboring Cork & Knife specialty gourmet shop and wine bar will also be closing. There is no word on what will come of the expansive space.  

DiCicco's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria is located at 515 W 13th Avenue in San Diego's North County community of Escondido. For more information, visit