A Guide to San Diego’s Little Italy

Where to eat, drink, and shop

As one of San Diego’s most vibrant and beloved neighborhoods, Little Italy boasts a bevy of fantastic restaurants, ranging from hip eateries helmed by up-and-coming culinary talent (like Herb & Wood from chef Brian Malarkey) to Filippi’s Pizza Grotto, a city institution that doles out classic red sauce Italian-American favorites, like pizza, lasagna, and meatball sandwiches. The Waterfront Bar & Grill, which opened in 1934, is another beloved spot famed for its hearty burgers and traditional pub fare. If you’re a craft beer fan, check out Ballast Point Tasting Room & Kitchen Restaurant and Bolt Brewery. And if retail therapy is more your speed, drop by Vocabulary Boutique for chic clothing and home goods, Rosamariposa for affordable jewelry sourced from all over the world, and Mona Lisa Italian Foods for gourmet meats, cheeses, and wines.


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