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Pappalecco

Certificate of Excellence
Downtown
Italian, Sandwiches, Dessert, Ice Cream
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1602 State St, San Diego, CA 92101-2512
619-238-4590
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8:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri 7:00 am - 10:30 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Good for:
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 80
    Excellent
  • 41
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent food and cafe - not so good service

I went to Pappalecco because it has excellent reviews in TripAdvisor. The food, deserts and coffee did not disappointed us, but the service... I have to admit though, that the coffee was sooo delicious and their panini are great and fresh, with sharp and deliciuos ingredients and their deserts are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
Dacil C
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
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130 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

I went to Pappalecco because it has excellent reviews in TripAdvisor. The food, deserts and coffee did not disappointed us, but the service... I have to admit though, that the coffee was sooo delicious and their panini are great and fresh, with sharp and deliciuos ingredients and their deserts are glorious too, that we just ignored the attitude of the... More 

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San Clemente, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

How dulce it is. The gelatto was as sweet and creamy as you'd expect. My friend also ordered a pair of thick, soft, and gooey chocolate chip cookies. I don't know if they were fresh out the oven or reheated, but they were soooo good going with my milk and chocolate gelatto on a waffle cone. Gelatto is thicker than... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Excellent service, yummy pizza, salads and paninis. You definitely need to get gelato if you come here, so tasty! My son kept going back for more free samples haha! (He's 2 so they thought it was hilarious.) The workers were super friendly and it was in a nice location to sit outside and just watch people walk by!

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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Simple good food, coffee and gelato. It is super affordable and very delicious. Don't miss this place if you are in little Italy.

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San Diego, California
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I have known about this place (both in Little Italy and Hillcrest) since it first opened. The owners, brothers from Pisa, Italy certainly know how to make gelato. I haven't been to either one in a while, so can't speak of the current atmosphere. I just know that when I need a gelato fix, this is the place I go... More 

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San Diego, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I live across the street from Pappalecco and the food and Gelato are awesome, but the service is the worst in town, the owners are never there and the place is like a school with no adults supervising! This is a perfect example: This past Sunday, I went in (Even though my wife will not set foot in the place... More 

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San Diego, California
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

So many options for treating oneself to great gelato! The food options are good too. Highly recommend to check out this gem of a place.

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San Diego, California
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is a good go to spot, good quality sandwiches, gelato, and coffee, but all the food is heavy and a lot of bread. So be ware if not gluten friendly.

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San Diego, California, Usa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is a great place for a after dinner treat. The gelato is wonderful!! and we like to stroll around Little Italy, gelato in hand and feel like we are really in Italy. Also on Saturday mornings we go to the farmers market but first a trip here for a cappuccino and croissant.

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San Diego, Ca.
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I saw this store shortly after returning from my trip to Tuscany. I hit the brakes, parked and saw the same wonderful display of gelato I sampled while touring Italy. The flavors, and creaminess were wonderful. Having lovely Italian folks behind the counter just added a little extra flavor. The memories came back with each spoonful. But you don't have... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1602 State St, San Diego, CA 92101-2512
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 619-238-4590

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Sandwiches, Dessert, Ice Cream

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?