Filippi Restaurant San Diego
Megan Wood, Staff Photographer
Filippi’s Pizza Grotto establishes itself with a charming plaque above the door that reads, “Filippi’s, Since 1950.” Upon walking through the threshold, customers are greeted by a grocery store — and usually, a long line of hungry customers waiting to be seated.
The front half of Filippi’s is a deli, serving a variety of meats, cheeses and other authentic Italian foods. Patrons must weave through the narrow corridors of different specialty products to arrive at the hostess table.
Inside, the restaurant feels like the home of the Italian grandparents you never had. Chianti bottles hang from the ceiling, with messages scrawled on each one, written by customers commemorating their experiences. Red checkered tablecloths adorn each table, accompanied by a small tealight to add ambiance to one’s meal. Filippi’s is a cozy, homey establishment that allows all patrons from families, large parties, couples and even a lone college football player with headphones and a plate of spaghetti, to feel at ease.
Filippi’s was opened in 1950 by Vincent DePhilippis and Madeleine Stefani, who emigrated from Italy and France in 1922. By 1925, they were married and by 1950, they had left Philadelphia for San Diego.
Filippi’s Cash and Carry opened in 1950 on India Street. Today, it’s still owned and operated by surviving family members of the original owners. For more than sixty years, Filippi’s has served its community as a family restaurant.
There are many Filippi’s locations throughout San Diego County (there’s even one in Riverside county and Napa Valley), but the Little Italy location is the one that started it all, and thus, is my favorite.
Filippi’s has an extensive menu of pastas, lasagna, salads, sandwiches and raviolis, but I always gravitate toward the pizza when I’m here. Filippi’s has the best, cheesiest, gooiest pizza. It’s the type of pizza that I crave, that I tell my friends about like I’m some kind of relationship with this pizza.
I typically order a pepperoni pizza and a small antipasto salad. Filippi’s portions are quite large. For two people, there’s typically a substantial amount of leftovers of both pizza and salad. A pepperoni pizza is $14.55 and a small antipasto salad is $8.95, making the prices very reasonable for the amount of food served.
The antipasto salad sits on a dinner plate, piled high with pepperoncinis, olives, bologna, pepperoni, blocks of parmesan cheese, chickpeas, kidney beans and a bed of greens and tossed with Italian dressing. It sounds like a strange combination of foods, but the antipasto salad is hearty and satisfying in an unexpected way.
A meal at Filippi’s means indulging in a slice of San Diego’s Italian roots. It’s a staple to the community and certainly a staple after a long day exploring downtown or the beach.cityview plaza cityview townhomes savannah at cityview apts houston tx decolav cityview cityview bowling alley fort worth tx rosemont cityview apartments marietta ga opal cityview cityview hong kong booking.com the vantage at cityview jobs cityview apartments st louis cityview condominium association cityview car wash and oil change cityview florist fort worth cityview storage cityview at soco austin tx cityview construction cityview cemetery salem oregon cityview at 3rd 200 cityview apartments provo holiday inn express cityview enclave at cityview fort worth tx apartments 75093 cityview trolley key west fl virtual meet cityview cityview dental arts 75 saint alphonsus street, cityview at longwood apartments, boston ma - 02120. augusta at cityview apartments cityview best of the best 2019 home2 suites fort worth southwest cityview cityview cbs cityview boston trolley tours cityview des moines iowa hyatt place ft.worth cityview cityview at soco apartments austin homewood suites cityview fort worth cityview tacos cityview hotel yau ma tei cityview lombard hotels cityview fort worth tx homewood suites by hilton fort worth west at cityview the vantage at cityview fort worth cityview hotel antigua walmart cityview cityview church pearland tx cityview at longwood apartments massachusetts cityview nursing home ohio cityview animal clinic fort worth cityview loft labcorp location cityview the watermark at broadway cityview 595 cityview blvd cityview apartments detroit quest diagnostics cityview cityview real estate los angeles cityview hong kong fit for life cityview 16818 cityview place houston tx 5900 cityview blvd fort worth tx 16803 cityview place houston tx cityview portal cityview psychiatry cityview nails cityview kuantan spa cityview bar and grill cityview central leasing center cityview orlando cityview property services 16818 cityview place houston tx 77060 salado at cityview apartments houston cityview hospital salado cityview houston tx broadway plaza cityview cityview centre i cityview hotel ikeja cityview development cityview at longwood reviews cityview apartments newport ky cityview hospital chicago cityview at soco austin augusta at cityview reviews cityview construction cityview senior tower cityview car wash coupons coventry at cityview fort worth tx cityview hop on hop off boston trolley map cityview property services cityview hk cityview plaza 36-36 33rd street suite# 201 long island city, ny 11106 www cityview the cityview hong kong cityview real estate cityview central leasing center apartments courtyard fort worth west at cityview courtyard by marriott fort worth west at cityview cityview apartments houston cityview trolley boston ma