San Diego Inn-Sider’s Guide: Little Italy
Little Italy…a lovely neighborhood that has worked hard to maintain its original roots while also incorporating many contemporary features. A wonderful quaint little neighborhood to explore with many delicious authentic restaurants to try and little boutique shops to shop in. Take the trolley and avoid the hassle of finding parking.
Take your pick, there are several coffee houses lining India St. All great for a wonderful “cup o’ Joe”.
Lunch or Dinner
• You’ll find a quaint little Italian bistro with delicious food when you visit Buon Appetito on India St. Have dinner outside on a warm night. One of our favorite dishes is the pork Osso Bucco! They also have a great list of wines.
• For a traditional Italian pizzeria experience visit Filippi’s Pizza Grotto, you’ll enter through their deli storefront where you will find many Italian food items, including a variety of cheeses. This place is popular because their menu is filled with traditional and delicious Italian fare and the service is fast and friendly.
• Indigo Grill where the food doesn’t just taste good, it looks good! Each plate is a work of art and a delightful pleasure to your taste buds. It’s a great place to try during Happy Hour or on a special night out.
• If you want to go to Italy, without actually crossing the Atlantic, visit Mona Lisa Italian Foods. Pick up some freshly made sandwiches from their deli, some Italian sodas, and head over to Balboa Park (on the 6th Ave. side) for a lovely picnic.
Walk behind India St (east side) and check-out the many historical homes that line Columbus and State St. If you’re a history, art & restoration buff, head over to Architectural Salvage of San Diego on Kettner Blvd. This is a wonderful shop full of antiques and salvage pieces for your home.