About Us

The Vigilucci’s Story


Restaurateur Roberto Vigilucci is passionate about food. The Carlsbad resident hails from Milano, Italy, where families are raised in the kitchen 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. In early 2014, the company relocated the Trattoria just north, to the quaint town of Leucadia and transformed it into a neighborhood gem which included the addition of a piano bar. Since opening the doors to the Trattoria, Vigilucci has successfully launched additional restaurants and a gourmet market which also serves as a catering hub. While each location is unique they share the same vision of exceptional ingredients, an authentic Italian experience, superb service and attention to detail.

Vigilucci’s Cucina Italiana which opened in 1999 on historic State Street in the Carlsbad Village. The Cucina’s authentic Italian cuisine and award-winning wine list provide a unique and memorable escape to the flavors of the Tuscan countryside.

Vigilucci’s Seafood & Steakhouse – on the corner of Tamarack and Pacific Coast Highway overlooking the Pacific Ocean – truly offers dining excellence in San Diego North. The restaurant features only certified prime steaks and the freshest seafood with an Italian flair, topped by 180- degree ocean and sunset views. A delicious Brunch is featured on Sundays.

Cherished dinners with family and friends brought the idea of Vigilucci’s Gourmet Market and Catering to life. Located on State Street in the Village of Carlsbad and specializing in a wide selection of imported and domestic salami and cheeses and hard to find boutique wines. Also offered are freshly made take and heat restaurant quality meals to serve in your home and hot or cold panini, lasagna and daily specials. The pasta is made fresh daily.

Vigilucci’s also offers full scale catering services and can provide fully customized menus for every occasion and group size. Impressive semi-private and private dining spaces are certain to please planners and guests alike, as is evidenced by their list of clients who host events with them year after year.

Vigilucci’s is passionate about giving back to the community and building relationships within the communities in which it operates. The restaurant group has been title sponsor of Vigilucci’s Beach Bocce World Championship since 1994. The tournament benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Carlsbad.