San Diego Little Italy Best Restaurants
(Photo: Dinner in little Italy, San Diego, by Kevitivity, Flickr.com, CC license )
Little Italy is a popular neighborhood near downtown San Diego. People can enjoy different festivals throughout the year, browse through art galleries and stop at cafes for espresso or gelato. There are also many sit-down restaurants available.
Buon Appetito is a very popular, well-reviewed Italian restaurant in the heart of Little Italy. It features traditional Italian courses, including antipasti with cheeses and cured meats, soups, salads, pasta, chicken, veal and beef. As is found in Italy, menu items are a la carte, so courses are sold separately. It also has an extensive wine list featuring highly-rated proseccos, Italian whites and reds, and wines from around the world. Most are only sold by the bottle, but there is a selection of wines by the glass. Decor is casual, and sidewalk seating is available. To add to the atmosphere, the restaurant features a different San Diego visual artist every two months. Buon Appetito 1609 India Street San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 238-9880
Mimmo's Italian Village
At Mimmo's, the Tuscan-looking building and courtyard seating take you straight to Italy. It offers an extensive menu, from sandwiches and subs to gourmet pizza to fluffy gnocchi and pastas. Wine aficionados can hang out in Mimmo's wine bar, or even reserve a private table in the wine cellar for a special romantic occasion. Mimmo's Italian Village 1743 India Street (between Date Street and Fir Street) San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 239-3710 .mimmos.biz
Filippi's Pizza Grotto
With Chianti bottles hanging from the ceiling, and red and white checked tablecloths, Filippi's is the picture of a stereotypical Italian restaurant. But it's got the arguably best pizzas in town. It also has delicious home-style Italian foods, from torpedos to pastas and salads, all in a family-friendly atmosphere. Stop by the attached deli and pick up some cheeses for later. Filippi's Pizza Grotto 1747 India Street (between Date Street and Fir Street) San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 232-5094 www.realcheesepizza.com