From the savory meatballs to the flaky pastries to the delicious wine, it's hard to find a reason not to enjoy San Diego's own Little Italy. Since the 1920s, this ethnic business and residential community has remained the home of more than 6,000 Italian families and numerous area businesses.
This little slice of heaven seeks to unite San Diegans and visitors alike with a slice of the home Italians have come to know and love, including pieces of their history, culture, and of course, food! Located just off I-5, Little Italy includes 50 Italian and non-Italian restaurants, cafes, and delicatessens. Expect places like Buon Appetito, Café Zucchero, and Filippi's Pizza Grotto as well as Glass Door, Indigo Grill, and Zia's Bistro, to name a few.
Foodies will enjoy dining on some of the most authentic Italian cuisine in town - not to mention the delicious wine and food pairings often found at many area restaurants. Enjoy extensive wine lists featuring both Italian- and Californian-made wines like Pinot Grigio, Chianti, and Prosecco among others.
As if food wasn't enough of a reason to visit already, this business district is home to a number of classic art galleries, cute boutiques, and specialty shops as well. Explore local and distinguished artwork at galleries like Kettner Arts and Pecoff, or pick up unique knickknacks at stores like Rosamariposa, Melodia Designs, and Carol Gardyne Boutique. There are also plenty of public art displays and amazing piazzas, too - perfect for a quiet evening stroll with that special someone.