Best Restaurants in Little Italy, San Diego

November 16, 2018
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When looking for unique dining experience san diego, there are plenty of options to choose from. If you however, are craving Italian, look no further than little italy san diego restaurants. Keep reading for some of the best restaurants in Little Itally.


Filippi’s Pizza Grotto

When you’re looking for classic Italian food in a homey, and family friendly atmosphere, look no further than Filippi’s Pizza Grotto. Since 1950, this San Diego classic location has been offering up some of the best Italian food around. Not to mention, their Italian Market located right next store to the restaurant. Whether you want to have your meal prepared for you, or are looking to try your hand at Italian dishes using fresh and authentic ingredients, Filippi’s is the place for you. Try their delicious pizza or fresh pasta, whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong!


Buon Appetito

At this intimate trattoria, you’ll enjoy large plates of their unique takes on classic Italian fare. If you enjoy the classics, try their ravioli or lasagna. They also offer an extensive list of fresh pastas as well as meat and fish options. For a bit of both, order the farfalle con pollo affumicato, which comes with smoked chicken breast with sun dried tomatoes and mushrooms in a white cream sauce. Be sure to pair your lunch or dinner with a glass of wine from the large selection of rich wines.


Bencotto Italian Kitchen

For a romantic evening out, consider this chic, Italian eatery known for their handmade pastas and classic Italian desserts. To start things off, try the regional cheese platter served with five different cheeses from different areas of Italy. At the restaurant, you get to have pasta your way. First you choose your sauce, then you choose which pasta you want which is 100% organic and made in house daily. Save room for dessert including chocolate mousse cake and tiramisu.



At this stylish Italian restaurant, you’ll find modern Sicilian fare from artisan pizzas to handmade pastas to seafood centric dishes. Keeping in line with the Sicilian elements, you can also enjoy wines from Southern Italy as well as classic, handcrafted Italian cocktails. The restaurant has an extensive list of handmade pasta options including the Cappellacci, served with cheese tortellini, pomodoro, goat cheese and basil.