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“Oldly, Worldly Italian”

Filippi's Pizza Grotto
Ranked #48 of 4,716 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Downtown
Bristol
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86 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Oldly, Worldly Italian”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

This is a great place.

You have to queue in the Italian Store before you enter the Restaurant.

It's like going back in time,

The Waitress recommended the Lasagne and it was not only huge but extremely tasty.

The Pizza's was enormous and we ended up taking half of it home in a doggy bag.

Good traditional food and well worth a visit.

  • Visited August 2013
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Tucson
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“Great Food.. Great Price... Fun Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2013

You enter through the grocery. WAIT IN THE LINE.. it's worth it and they move you through faster than you think you will.

Start with the house Chianti... Great price.

Order the "small" anti-pasta salad. It will feed 2-3 people, at a minimum.

From our pizza to what I was on other tables, the food is GENEROUS. Share share share! Pricing? Very reasonable.

Our pizza was great. It's a bit traditional in style (no silly 'modern' ingredients) but very good. For me, the crust was a bit thicker than I prefer, but it didn't stop me from enjoying the whole experience.

People watching is fun here... The wait staff absolutely knows what it is doing. Go back in time to real Italian eating... Before chain restaurants "re-invented" (or ruined) it.

  • Visited August 2013
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Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
1 review
“Please read this before you go here.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2013

You really need to read this review before you go to Filippi's, because I'll give you the straight shot.

My wife and I paid $30 for the sausage-and-meatball lasagna and the meatball rigatoni. Here's what you get for that: the rigatoni was a plate of noodles and tomato sauce, with one meatball about three inches across. The lasagna was a square about six by six by three inches, with a similarly-sized meatball and a sausage about four inches long.

Now, for taste: The food is bland. Seriously and deeply bland, like they've never heard of spices. The sauce (the same sauce was used on both the lasagna and the rigatoni) tastes exactly like stewed tomatoes. Maybe they have a big pot of tomatoes boiling in the back or something, and they just slather it thickly on everything. The meatball tasted like beef, egg, and plain bread crumbs, with maybe (maybe!) a hint of onion, and was a bit dry from the mass production earlier in the day. The garlic bread had barely any garlic at all, and was mostly just bread and butter. The only actual tasty part was the sausage, and that was probably due entirely to the fennel.

The only saving grace was that the portion sizes were generous, for a restaurant. So yeah, the food will fill you up and you'll have some to take with you, but you won't enjoy the taste.

Try this: When you go in, ask for a taste of their sauce BEFORE you order anything. If you don't like it, turn around and leave, because that sauce is what they put on everything.

  • Visited August 2013
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Mission Viejo, California
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“Real Pizza Taste”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

It wasn't the best and wasn't the worst. Maybe I was over thinking the idea of having a pizza in Little Italy. ( the true taste of Italy). The pizza was tasty but a little over done.

Visited August 2013
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Hazlet, New Jersey
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“More Atmosphere Than Food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2013

While strolling in Little Italy one night during our vacation in San Diego we couldn't help but notice the long line waiting to get into the Pizza Grotto. Although we didn't go in that night we did try it another night when the line was much shorter. The atmosphere was terrific. You walk through an Italian food market and into the restaurant located in the back. Once inside you quickly notice all the chianti bottles hanging from the ceiling. The service was very good. But let me be honest. I grew up on New York pizza and this does not come close to it. Maybe my standards are too high but the pizza was just OK. So based on this sample, and no matter what a recent Trip Advisor ranking may have indicated, the New York pizza is still #1 with me.

  • Visited August 2013
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