Crudo – Little Italy

10,000 square feet, capacity 675

Crudo emerged from a joint venture between Michael and a gentleman named Joe Busalacchi, a large multi-unit restaurant operator in San Diego’s Little Italy. The Little Italy District was founded as an Italian fishing village along the bay a century ago. Located equally close to the airport, Harbor Drive, and the downtown hotels and business districts of San Diego, Little Italy was a really nice local neighborhood with a growing community of condominiums, apartment homes, and waterfront high rises. Together, Michael and Joe brought life to an empty warehouse building by creating the first entertainment venue and sushi bar in the area.

Crudo in Italian means raw so they featured a sushi and raw bar with a spectacular array of fresh seafood. Much of the catch was brought in fresh daily from the re-emerging local fishing industry. In addition to the sushi and raw bar, dinner patrons and late night club-goers enjoyed Crudo’s imaginative and savory Asian-inspired dishes.

Crudo’s sleek decor swept from the outdoor patio seating, around the large sushi bar, to the sealed concrete dance floor embellished with the restaurant’s koi fish logo, to the elevated booth seating around the perimeter of the room. Vaulted ceilings were used to incorporate sound, light, and video, and the large dance floor converted to banquet space for larger events. Local event planners really loved introducing guests to yet another hip spot, in a slightly different historic neighborhood of San Diego.


“What a wonderful addition to San Diego. Only Mike Viscuso would attempt to build a sushi bar and club in the heart of Little Italy – brilliant!”
– San Diego Reader