Once home to San Diego's flourishing tuna fishing industry and generations of Italian families who made their living on the sea, Little Italy is a quaint and lively neighborhood filled with patio cafés, restaurants, pubs, art galleries, shops, hotels, and the beautiful Amici Park.
India Street is lined with restaurants featuring cuisines of both Southern and Northern Italy, including Sicilian dishes served with a modern flair at Trattoria Fantastica and sophisticated Italian food with a cozy ambiance at Buon Appetito. Filippi's Pizza Grotto features an old-fashioned Italian dining experience along with a delicatessen and market, which offers everything from prosciutto to mascarpone.
Caffe Italia offers street-side tables and a serene courtyard atrium along with panini, salads and a wide selection of Italian gelato.
Breaking out from Italian style, Indigo Grill and Chef Deborah Scott, offer artisan food with an International flair and Extraordinary Desserts offers a menu that is an innovative melding of the owner's classic French background and her experience in the tropics of Hawaii and Mexico.
Since 1934, the Waterfront Bar & Grill has been a favorite local watering hole serving locally brewed ales and burgers.
British-owned and -operated Princess Pub and Grille serves British and Irish beers, along with traditional pub fare such as fish and chips for patrons watching soccer and rugby via satellite TV.
98 Bottles on Kettner Blvd. is a 21+ neighborhood hangout features a large selection of craft beer, wine and sake, along with a full calendar of live entertainment. A great place to mix and mingle with the locals.
No Little Italy would be complete without a true Italian market and Mona Lisa Italian Foods deli fits the bill. The deli offers a selection of foods, wine and delicious deli sandwiches. Located on the corner of India Street and Hawthorne.
Little Italy has some great local boutiques worth a stop on your San Diego visit including The Shopaholics Boutique, Rosa Mariposa, Vocabulary Boutique and Melero Boutique & Gallery where you can find unique clothing, jewelry and small craft items.
The Kettner Art & Design District encompasses a group of retail shops and art galleries that feature grand selections of home furnishings and fashion accessories. Among its 21 shops is Mixture, featuring a young and fresh take on contemporary furniture, and India Street Antiques, offering affordable European dressers, armoires, cabinets, and other collectibles. And for the artist in the group, a must-stop is Blick Art Materials where you can find everything from a sketch book to archival supplies.
Italian-inspired retail includes colorful sconces and sparkling chandeliers at Simply Italian and elegant Italian ceramics and gifts at Bella Stanza.
Fir Street Shops is a block of colorful cottages housing stylish and unique boutiques, such as the Carol Gardyne Gallery, which offers designer scarves and jewelry. The French Garden Shoppe on India Street offers European home furnishing and kitchen decor.
Architectural Salvage is a haven of vintage home décor and accessories like antique drawer handles.
Each Saturday from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM, several blocks of Little Italy are shut down for the weekly Farmer's Market. Here you'll find the locals shopping for fresh produce but also gourmet vinegar, crafts and ready made foods.
Art galleries include Scott White Contemporary Art, which promotes the works of emerging and mid-career artists, and Perry L. Meyer Fine Art, specializing in 18th-century art to contemporary works on paper.
During the annual Mission Federal Art Walk in April, guests enjoy a variety of art media displayed in outdoor venues, studios, galleries, and local businesses, along with live entertainment.
Every October is the Annual Festa, a traditional street festival with music, fine foods and specialty crafts.
Held the second Friday of every other month, Kettner Nights is a progressive evening event featuring art and design exhibitions in the Kettner Art & Design District.
The 68-room, Mediterranean-style La Pensione Hotel offers quaint accommodations along with a bistro, open-air courtyard and Italian restaurant.
Little Italy Inn is a boutique bed and breakfast with 23 rooms, each with its own style and décor.
The Porto Vista Hotel, with its Italian-inspired, playful imagery and iconic Mediterranean design, offers 190 guest rooms.
With more than 100 distinct neighborhoods in San Diego, you're always just blocks away from a new experience. Discover other nearby downtown San Diego neighborhoods such as the Marina District, the Embarcadero and East Village.