Jack and Giulio's Italian Restaurant

Old Town is known for its Mexican fare and we have ventured here for delicious meals as well as Taste of Old Town samplings. After I won a gift card to Jack & Giulio's Italian Restaurant, our curiousity was piqued. Can this Italian restaurant hold its own in Old Town? We had to check it out.

Jack and Giulio's Italian Restaurant

Jack & Giulio's is only a few blocks away from the heart of old town so parking can be difficult during peak dining hours and weekends.

Jack and Giulio's Italian RestaurantJack and Giulio's Italian Restaurant

Sitting inside seems romantic with the candles though people can also take a seat at the bar. The large open patio area definitely appeals to visitors, especially in the summer time. A little bit of shadow cast by the building does keep it a little more breezy and 'cold' than usual.

appetizer bread at Jack and Giulio's Italian Restaurant

It seemed like a lot of people worked there; we saw at least 4 waiters, all switching out and helping each other even with few guests. One brought out a simple bread and butter appetizer. I can't remember if this was before or after we ordered food.

We examined the menu but nothing really stood out. We decided to go with the recommended customer favorites. Coincidentally they were also the most expensive items.

valdostana di vitello at Jack and Giulio's Italian Restaurant

First up was Valdostana di Vitello (23.95). It was a veal cutlet, folded, filled with ham, fontina cheese, mushrooms, finished in white wine sauce

valdostana di vitello at Jack and Giulio's Italian Restaurant

A quick cut revealed the multiple layers inside. The fontina cheese was melted in a thick layer on top , followed by an alternation of ham and veal. I loved the concept but the the flavors were a little bit dull. There was no wow factor to this dish, at least for us.

scampi alla giulio at Jack and Giulio's Italian Restaurant

Our other entree was the Scampi Alla Giulio (25.95). It was butterflied shrimp, sautéed with mushrooms and white wine sauce, served with the pasta or vegetable of the day.

These shrimp were huge and there were about five! They had a thin fried crust but lost the crispiness from soaking in sauce. The thick cut mushrooms were nothing fancy, if anything like an afterthought.

pasta side at Jack and Giulio's Italian Restaurantvegetable side at Jack and Giulio's Italian Restaurant

The choice of sides were the pasta of the day or vegetables. The pasta portions were small but hey, it's a side. The veggies were cooked a little on the raw side, a bit crunchy and the natural flavors came through. It tasted as if it barely touched the pan at all.

We preferred the shrimp dish though both meals were filling. We didn't have too much interest in dessert...

Jack and Giulio's Italian Restaurant

The service was nothing out of the ordinary but the "favorites" aren't calling me back. The portions were plentiful but this meal would have cost 50 without the giftcard. I like that there are non-Mexican options in Old Town but I'll stick to Italian from BiCE, Solare, etc instead. Or maybe there's still a hidden gem around a corner to find nearby...

Jack & Giulio's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Jack & Giulio's Italian Restaurant
2391 San Diego Ave
San Diego CA 92110
(619) 294-2074

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Soo @ hungryones's picture
Submitted by Soo @ hungryones (not verified) on Sat, 11/07/2015 - 9:00am

Hmmm... The bread looked real good! I like walking around Old Town and smelling the scents in the tea shop. :-)

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Submitted by lynn on Mon, 11/09/2015 - 9:25am

hehe funny how the bread appealed to you. not shrimp or veal or pasta or veggies. what tea shop are you referencing? i should take dennis there.

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Submitted by Soo @ hungryones (not verified) on Mon, 11/09/2015 - 9:46am

I like meat but not covered in sauces. The bread on the other hand was pure and unadorned just the way I like it. :-)

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I love how they store all their loose leaf tea in the glass jars and you can sniff it and ask for a cup to test out before you invest in a bag. It's the only place I've found cream earl grey. :-)

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Submitted by lynn on Mon, 11/09/2015 - 3:42pm

i like my sauces to be on the side. i sort of do that with tacos too because i want to see how amazing the meat is on its own. i will bring dennis into the tea house next time we're in old town.

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Submitted by Nicole @ Foodie... (not verified) on Thu, 11/12/2015 - 9:16am

Ha, well it was worth a shot - especially if you had a gift card! I haven't been down to Old Town in awhile, but if there's one type of restaurant that I'd go to in an area known for something else, it'd be Italian. It's my favorite cuisine! But I'm also kind of picky about it because I'm from an Italian family, and was born & raised in a state know for its Italians and their cooking (NJ)!

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Submitted by lynn on Tue, 11/17/2015 - 9:36am

we should meet up at an Italian place one of these days. i would love to understand a little more about the foods that I'm eating! :)

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