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).
WHERE TO EAT
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.
WHERE TO SHOP
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.
WHAT TO DO
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.