When people talk about Little Italy San Diego, it’s impossible not to talk about the food. The growth in our pocket of San Diego is unprecedented, and as we grow up (literally up, with new towering condos all around us) there’s a new restaurant or dessert spot to temp your tum on every corner, and all the spaces in between. Little Italy San Diego offers options for the big spender foodie to the foodie on a budget, and with new breakfast spots like Morning Glory and Farmer’s Table, the food scene isn’t just alive at night. In fact, people cannot stop gushing about the two spots, Morning Glory with their exquisite cocktails and interesting options like Japanese Souffle Pancakes or Farmer’s Table with their to-die-for Tiramisu French Toast.
For lunch options or a quick bite, you can never forget older classics like Mona Lisa or Mimmo’s Italian Village, but it seems you can’t visit Little Italy San Diego without also visiting spots like Crack Shack for fried chicken, saying hello to Sam The Cooking Guy while popping into the Little Italy Food Hall, or enjoying some midday brews with lunch from any of the small vendors at Nolita Hall.
For dinner, your options vary from all price points, with plenty of spots available to accommodate parties walking up and others where a reservation is not just recommended but absolutely necessary. We can assist you with all those needs, like if you absolutely have to make sure you get into the uber swanky Born & Raised or now-veteran foodie favorite Juniper & Ivy. But there are plenty of spots for everyone– the lone traveler, the lovey couple, the BFF girls trip, the reunion of college pals. And we still love the Italian roots of our neighborhood represented with spots like Bencotto, Civico 1845, or Barbusa, we welcome spots like Cloak and Petal offering Japanese small plates, or King and Queen offering Mexican cantina-style fare.
Nobody needs to tell you that Little Italy is the spot for desserts, too, and of course our streets are lined with cafes and restaurants that offer all varieties of traditional desserts, but the line out the door of Salt & Straw is a surefire sign that their experimental ice cream flavors are hitting the spot for locals and visitors alike.
Ditch the Car
One thing you will notice while visiting Little Italy San Diego is that with all of the new housing developments and restaurant and food hall openings, our streets themselves are starting to take new shape. With pedestrian-friendly “bulb-out” curbs and new bicycle tracks on many of our streets, the neighborhood is perfect for visitors who hope to get around without a car. Walking, biking, or shooter-share are all options in this part of town. La Piazza Della Famiglia has proven to be a daily hotspot since its creation and other “pocket parks” are popping up for respite during your adventures. San Diego Metropolitan Transit System has advanced, too, with an easy phone app to purchase a $6 all-day pass, you can reach all parts of the City with a few taps on your phone if you find yourself wanting to explore beyond our little neighborhood. And as the seasons change, we might not feel a huge difference in our weather, but you’ll notice the seasonal streetscapes changing, whether that’s fall décor leading up to Thanksgiving or our classic holiday décor and tree-lighting in December, Little Italy will make you feel at home, even when you’re not.
Image Credits: Juniper and Ivy, iRide San Diego