Looking for Fun San Diego Activities?
Spend the Day in Little Italy!
By: Elisa Boorman
There are plenty of San Diego activities when you vacation here, but one that most everybody loves to do is discover a new town or area!
As one of the oldest neighborhoods in San Diego, Little Italy’s award-winning restaurants, art galleries, quaint artisan shops, a top-notch Saturday farmers market, and unbeatable location make this city a must-see for tourists and locals alike.
With changes in the fishing industry over the years, these families have seen a rise and decline in business. Today, the famous India St. thrives off the scores of people flocking to the urban center to discover a new restaurant, deli, café, or pub, minutes away from San Diego’s waterfront.
Dining in Little Italy
Any foodie will agree; it’s hard to pick just one restaurant when there are so many good options to choose from. If you are looking for a fun family establishment with tasty food options, Filippi’s Pizza Grotto transports you to the middle of Roma.
It has an authentic Italian specialty store at the restaurant’s entrance, Chianti bottles that decorate the ceiling, and a pizza so tasty, you might not be able to save any for leftovers.
For a more intimate dining experience, take your date to Davanti’s Enoteca, where you will find an enchanting atmosphere, excellent service, and an incredible array of authentic specialty dishes. Craft and Commerce is a popular hipster favorite with fun vibes, tasty food, and great drinks. (Editor’s note: Temporarily closed and currently under renovation as of 2/2016)
We also suggest visiting Bencotto’s for their must-have prosciutto san daniele, a premiere prosciutto sliced directly from the red wheel. We recommend pairing it with their gnocco fritto, a lightly fried puffed bread dough which literally melts in your mouth.
Underbelly serves up delicious homemade Ramen and local craft beers on tap in a cool “underground” environment. The award-winning Indigo Grill is an incredible dinner destination and Napizza offers a delicious lunch menu. We suggest the truffle porcini pizza and the seared ahi salad. Café Zucchero offers a huge selection of delicious desserts in a romantic environment.
Bottlecraft is simply a bottle shop, but the atmosphere is relaxing and hip. You can enjoy any cold beverage purchased on the premises as you mingle with the local after work crowd. The Waterfront Bar and Grill is the oldest bar in San Diego, and draws a diverse crowd to enjoy their tasty “beyond bar food” and strong drinks.
Mona Lisa’s authentic Italian deli subs can’t be beat, and Café Italia offers you cannolis, pastries, and traditional espresso drinks which make you want to sit and enjoy the company you’re with, along with the sweeter things in life.
By: Elisa Boorman