Little Italy
Little Italy
4.5
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Check out Little Italy in San Diego for a taste of Italian cuisine and culture. The district boasts some of the most authentic Italian restaurants in town—take a food tour of the area to find the best spots and learn more about Little Italy's history. Be sure to check out the weekly Little Italy Mercato Farmers’ Market, the largest in the city. The nearby Waterfront Park and San Diego Maritime Museum are worth a visit, too. Visit in the evening to enjoy an al fresco dinner and see Little Italy come alive with twinkling lights. – Tripadvisor
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Kelly B
Boise, Idaho, Usa155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
In San Diego, there are so many things to do...but don't overlook Little Italy. The area is loaded with restaurant and bar choices. It would take a year to go to every one. The air smells like heaven. There is a spot for every budget. Go for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert. Plan to EAT! The neighborhood is quaint and very romantic. Many, many outside patios. The vibe is buzzing with activity or quaint and romantic. Choose your experience. Wear walking shoes, Little Italy is big enough to walk off your decadent meal!
Written October 2, 2020
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Mateo R
Mexico City, Mexico120 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
There is some good food, though there are so many restaurants it's hard to choose where to go. On weekends it is pretty crowded, you can barely walk on the sidewalk.

By reading reviews online I was under the impression that Little Italy was somehow "fancier" than Gaslamp, but I found the opposite, I would describe Little Italy more "cozy" since everything is more tight together and crowded. Gaslamp is more spacious and most restaurants feel like a better a level up from Little Italy.
Written May 29, 2022
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SusieinHouston
Houston, TX18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Lots of places to enjoy the Italian lifestyle- lunch, dinner, wine and dessert. We enjoyed the farmer’s market on Saturday (crowded by neat) which runs morning to early afternoon. We ate dinner at Fillipi’s and lunch in the “food hall” by the piazza area.
Written February 9, 2020
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lifeisanadventureboo
Roseville, CA33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This was a poppin' neighborhood of trendy cafes, restaurants, boutiques and music. Pasta! Pasta! Pasta! We were able to enjoy authentic Italian food sitting at an outside patio with the sun starting to set, near perfect weather, and people watching galore. This was the cherry on top of our "San Diego Day of Play".
Written August 6, 2022
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Michael D
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
I agree overrated and over priced. Everything closes at 9pm. NOT ITALY. All I wanted at 8:30 pm on a nice San Diego evening was an espresso for me and my wife and some gelato for my son while walking the streets of America's finest city NO NO NO not one place or if they did have espresso and gelato they were closing. Save your money and just visit Italy. I like Rome (late night espresso) but Fiorenza is .Bellissima
Written April 20, 2023
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Beth K
Shawnee, KS1,634 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Plenty of great food choices in this neck of town, along with some photo ops. Parking can be tricky, so be patient. We also visited on a day when the open air market was taking place. Plenty of vendors, local food, succulents, and musicians performing. Be sure to stop for lunch. We loved Filippi's Pizza Grotto and it was delicious. They have a little Italian grocery store in the front of the store and the restaurant is in the back.
Written March 2, 2020
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Mike M
Jacksonville, FL69 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
Lots and lots of American Italian food! Kinda of bummed that it has been Americanized! Wish it was more authentic. I know that most owners are legit Italian, but they are still arranging their menus to meet the American taste buds.
Written July 30, 2023
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L_K1509
London, UK1,626 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Little Italy is mainly centred around India street and is a few blocks of restaurants and bars. We picked a couple to go into randomly and they were ok, we thought service and beers were good in Bolt brewery and the pizza ok is a nearly restaurant.

I would recommend going at happy hour for the best prices. Plus less crowded.
Written February 22, 2023
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surfercharlie
Glendive, MT1,146 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We happened to visit Little Italy on the day of their Farmers Market. The place was packed and there were some interesting booths. The shops and restaurants in the area looked interesting. Some of the history of the area, and the decline of tuna fishing is quite interesting.
Written January 1, 2020
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Jeri B
14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We stayed really close but didn't discover it till we were almost leaving! Saturday morning though there was a 3 block open market that was really fun. Morning Glory is a breakfast/lunch retaurant that is in Little Italy and is very popular and a very fun place to go and eat. You may have a bit of a wait. But it is worth it.
Written March 10, 2020
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