The rumors are true! After 56 years of serving San Diego, owners Larry and Victoria Tomicich and long time staff of Old Trieste Restaurant will be retiring. Although the property will be sold, the business will remain with the family and will not re-open. The last day of service will be Thursday,...

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6 months ago
Larry and Staff...Thank you for the years of superb dinning experiences... the iconic Memories ... You will be sadly missed. Shelley Webster
- Shelli W
6 months ago
best lamn and calamary in town!!! our family really enjoyed the old fashion admosphere!
- linda T
a year ago
I have been thoroughly ENJOYING the B E S T Italian food here since 1994....first served by Larry's parents...and now Larry (owner) ... who IS the Que essential host/server/etc./etc......LOVE the music (Dean Martin, Sinatra, old Classics...)...LOVE .. LOVE...simply LOVE the delicious Italian food!........Victor, the assistant server, IS wonderful (35 years serving here!!)....the chef has been here for 38 years!!!.....LOVE absolutely EVERYTHING about Old Trieste .....Take ALL my best people HERE .....NO WHERE ELSE ....SERIOUSLY! :) :) :)
- Roy Z


Old Trieste was founded in 1963 by Ramiro 'Tommy' Tomicich. The restaurant is named after his birthplace, Trieste, Italy. Tommy, as most people knew him, had a no nonsense concept which he applied to his culinary expertise and his attentiveness in the dining room. He was known for enforcing a strict dress code requiring women to wear dresses and men to wear jackets and ties. As a famous story goes, after being denied entry to the restaurant, a woman in a pant suit returned to her car, removed the pants to her suit and returned with the knee length coat. Tommy then seated her without a problem. In 1970, Tommy relaxed his dress code permitting dressy pant suits for women. 

The restaurant is now run by Tommy's son Larry and his family. Most of the current employees have worked at the restaurant for 45 years or longer.

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