They may as well call it Little Eataly because the food is phenomenal! Not only is the Italian food amazing, but San Diego’s Little Italy offers a universally fabulous culinary scene.
*indicates places with more than one location in SD. Check out our Ultimate San Diego Restaurant Guide for the best eats in every neighborhood.
Ballast Point* – This San Diego brewery has super delicious beers and is an IPA lover’s dream. Their Little Italy tasting room has an outdoor patio and is a perfect way to spend an afternoon. Try the Grapefruit Sculpin IPA or the Grunion Pale Ale.
Filippi’s Pizza Grotto* – Filippi’s is classic Italian complete with red and white gingham tablecloths and bottles of chianti hanging from the ceiling. The portions are huge and affordable. There is always a line but waiting can be fun since it is inside an Italian market.
Kettner Exchange – This trendy American eatery is perfect before a night out. Head to the rooftop for yummy cocktails and downtown views.
The Crack Shack – This fried chicken restaurant is perfect for a filling lunch. With several unique takes on the traditional chicken sandwich, The Crack Shack has something for everyone! A full bar and bocce ball court make it an extra fun spot.
Davanti Enoteca* Head to Davanti Enoteca for brunch for the best make your own bloody mary bar station with everything from bacon strips to prosciutto wrapped asparagus. Their dinner menu is equally impressive and the honeycomb is a foodie must-have!
Mercato Farmers’ Market – This is hands down the best farmers’ market in San Diego. Even if you don’t need any groceries stroll the streets to try delicious generous free samples and check out the art and live music. It is the perfect way to start a Saturday.
Queenstown Public House – This house turned restaurant is the perfect brunch spot. Located in the heart of Little Italy, its delicious food and charming decor create an awesome farm to table vibe.
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