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Guide to Little Italy in San Diego

An Iconically Chic Neighborhood

One of San Diego's most historical neighborhoods, Little Italy was once a fisherman's port and home to many Italian and Portuguese families. Today, the neighborhood has grown into a charming slice of culture and history, perfect for locals and visitors alike. Read on below to discover our favorite Little Italy hidden gems, restaurants, attractions and secrets.


Davanti EnotecaA Pizza Sitting On Top Of A Plate Of Food On A Table

One of our favorite Little Italy restaurants, Davanti Enoteca yields a diverse Italian menu and excellent Happy Hour specials. We encourage all who visit to try the very popular Focaccia Di Recco which is a light and airy flatbread with soft cow's cheese and honeycomb - the combination is truly to-die-for. 

Pro tip: Dining with a party of 8-10? Ask for Table 80 and dine in the restaurant's secret dining room for a truly memorable experience.

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Bencotto Italian Kitchen

The pasta-bilities are endless at Bencotto, with over 75 different kinds of pasta recipes and your choice of freshly made pasta from their table-side tray, Bencotto is high-ranking in local Italian restaurants - not only in Little Italy - but throughout the city. Their Gnocchi Neri - squid ink infused potato dumplings in a lobster bisque sauce - is incredible.

Pro tip: Their menu boasts a "Special Pasta" which comes in a crispy parmesan cheese bowl - sounds like a winner to us.

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Queenstown Public House

Looking for something that strays away from Italian food but still isn't the "norm"? Try Queenstown Public House, a casual restaurant that serves up New Zealand inspired cuisine. Stop by for Brunch and choose from Kiwi Breakfast, Breakfast Fried Rice, Prawn & Grits, Lam Hash and so much more! 

Pro tip: The patio is dog-friendly so feel free to bring your pup!

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Things To Do

Little Italy Mercato

Every Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm, stop by the Little Italy Mercato ("Market" in Italian) for fresh produce & goods from local farms and restaurants. 

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Sunday Family Film Nights

At 7:30 pm every other Sunday, gather in the Piazza della Famiglia for Sunday Family Film Night for the ultimate in free & fun gatherings!

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Historic Self-Guided Walking Tour

Download "Little Italy San Diego" app on iTunes or GooglePlay and keep the city in the palm of your hand. Choose from multiple tours and immerse yourself in the area's rich history.