Nino Zizzo, is executive chef of all three of the Busalacchi Restaurants locations. Here, he is seen in the kitchen of Barbusa, a modern Italian food place, located in Little Italy.
Photo by Jamie Scott Lytle

Nino Zizzo, is executive chef of all three of the Busalacchi Restaurants locations. Here, he is seen in the kitchen of Barbusa, a modern Italian food place, located in Little Italy. Photo by Jamie Scott Lytle

BUSALACCHI RESTAURANTS

President: Joe Busalacchi

Revenue: Between $8 million and $12 million in 2018

No. of Employees: Approximately 200

Headquarters: Mission Valley

Year Founded: 1984

Company Description: A family-owned restaurant group that currently has three restaurants in the Little Italy neighborhood.

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After 14 years in business, Po Pazzo Bar and Grille, the Busalacchi family’s steakhouse, was converted into Barbusa, a modern Italian food place, in 2016.

Well before San Diego’s Little Italy became a hotspot in the early 2000s, Joe Busalacchi, founder and president of Busalacchi Restaurants, saw its potential...

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