Savor San Diego's Little Italy

Here's what to eat, where to shop, and what to do

  • Che Bella Nido San Diego California

    Decorative mirrors and Heath tableware commingle at Che Bella Nido.


Little Italy is north of downtown San Diego and west of I-5. India St. is its main drag. For information, contact the Little Italy Association (619/233-3898).


Assenti's Pasta Outstanding selection of Italian groceries. INFO: Closed Sun; 2044 India St.; 619/239-5117.

Caffe Italia Sip an espresso and watch the neighborhood pass by. INFO: $; 1704 India; 619/234-6767.

Chi Chocolat Sample chocolate's variety and quality with a flight of pieces at this cafe. INFO: $; closed Mon; 2021 India; 619/501-9215.

Filippi's Pizza Grotto The old-school survivor still serves the best pies. INFO: $; 1747 India; 619/232-5095.

Indigo Grill Arty decor reflects culinary influences ranging from Latin America to Alaska. INFO: $$$; 1536 India; 619/234-6802.

Pete's Quality Meats Classic Italian sandwiches. INFO: $; closed Sun; 1742½ India; 619/234-1684.


Che Bella Flowers, plants, and gifts. INFO: Closed Sun; 621½ W. Fir St.; 619/232-3193.

Che Bella Nido Modern yet soulful items for the home. INFO: Closed Sun-Mon; 611 W. Fir; 619/232-1111.

Disegno Italiano Contemporary furnishings and housewares with Italian flair. INFO: 1605 India; 619/515-0191.


Kettner Nights The Art & Design District's galleries hold an open house six times a year. INFO: Free.

Little Italy Precious Festa Celebrate Italian culture with traditional chalk art, music, food, and a stickball tournament. INFO: Oct 13-14; free; 619/233-3898.

Our Lady of the Rosary Parish An architectural gem with baroque interior details. INFO: State St. at Date St.; 619/234-4820.


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