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Restaurants in Little Italy San Diego

When it comes to restaurants in San Diego’s Little Italy, there are dozens of great choices. As an affordable San Diego Little Italy hotel, we have trimmed the list down to the top three, based on reviews from our guests, what each has to offer in terms of authentic Italian meals, and value.

  1. Fillipi’s Pizza Grotto – In 1950, Vincent and Madeline DePhilippis moved to San Diego where they opened a deli grocery on India Street (the main street of San Diego’s Little Italy). It was a small cash and carry deli grocer which gained so much popularity, they later opened a restaurant. Since then, generations of the DePhilippis have run Fillipi’s Pizza Grottos in several locations. Fillipi’s offers an authentic Italian experience with meals that truly reflect the passion that the family has for bringing delicious flavors and foods to San Diego residents and visitors. For a great slice of pizza, pasta and a warm and friendly environment, visit Fillipi’s.
  2. Buon Appetito – Buon Appetito was founded by Daniela, Salvatore and Antonino; a group of restaurateurs who have over 60 years of dining and food experience. They were new to Little Italy when Buon Appetito was established, and not all of them were completely convinced the town was ready for its style of Italian cooking. However, after only a few years, the town was bustling with conversation about Buon Appetito. Buon Appetito has created an authentic menu of Italian specialty items from classic antipastos to fresh pastas and pizzas. If you’re looking for an affordably priced meal that is packed with flavor, Buon Appetito is the place to go.
  3. Mona Lisa – The Mona Lisa restaurant in Little Italy offers more than a dining experience, it provides its guests with a friendly environment, full bar and large wine selection. Mona Lisa offers great pizza, antipasti, hot and cold sandwiches, pasta and ravioli. Their house specialties are veal and chicken dishes, lasagna, manicotti, and even seafood.

Our List of Top Restaurants in San Diego’s Little Italy

Our top choices for the top restaurants in San Diego’s Little Italy could have been more extensive, but when it comes to delicious and authentic Italian food – the Mona Lisa, Fillipi’s and Buon Appetito are the cream of the crop in terms of great family dining and a good, well-priced meal.

Want to learn more about the restaurants in Little Italy and the surrounding area? Contact the Marina Inn today. Don’t forget to ask about our discounted hotel rates so you can enjoy all the delicious food the city has to offer.

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