Little Italy

Alive With Tradition

At the northernmost tip of downtown lies a neighborhood overflowing with tantalizing cuisine, vibrant color and enriching cultural pursuits. What began as a hub for San Diego’s prolific tuna fishing industry, and the generations of Italian families whose livelihoods stemmed from it, has become one of the most desirable neighborhoods in downtown. Little Italy is now synonymous with such delights as enjoying a rich espresso on a sun-drenched café patio, biting into a decadent slice of pizza, enjoying a glass of wine or craft beer from one of many locally owned destinations, or strolling quaint streets lined with charming shops and galleries.

A long-awaited addition to the Little Italy landscape, the Piazza della Famiglia, a European-style plaza featuring paved cobbles, twinkling market lights and a majestic fountain, imbues the heart of the neighborhood with a romantic, old-world feel. The space plays host to ample seating for folks to enjoy food from the lively food hall in its midst, or the surrounding bistros.

Well known amongst locals, India Street is home to endless dining possibilities, with an emphasis on beloved old-school Italian eateries serving up authentic fair. Or stroll over to bustling Kettner Boulevard, known as “Top Chef Alley”, for a taste of the highlife while dining at one of the many celebrity-chef owned restaurants located there.

Every Saturday from 8AM to 2PM, the Little Italy Mercato Farmers’ Market sprawls over several blocks and offers the opportunity to buy local fresh produce, herbs, flowers, coffee, ready-made food, and artisanal goods. While each Spring, Little Italy’s streets host the annual Mission Federal Artwalk.

Dog lovers, and niche sports enthusiasts, will also enjoy Amici Park, which encompasses the Little Italy Dog Park, the Amici Park Amphitheater and Bocce Ball Courts.

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