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The 15 Best Italian Restaurants In Downtown, San Diego

Updated: May 2, 2022

In need of a Neapolitan pizza or a bowl of gnocchi? Then these Italian spots in Downtown are for you. After analyzing millions of reviews from the best sites we present the ultimate Italian venues in Downtown. The Italian spots below are our go-to’s for the best burrata and creamiest gelato in Downtown!

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Civico 1845

Italian, $$, Little ItalyItalian, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline, 2019

    The 5 best Italian spots in San Diego

    Hoodline, 2019
  • Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

    2021 Best Italian Restaurants in San Diego Area

    Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

Davanti Enoteca

Italian, $$, Little ItalyItalian, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
  • Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

    2021 Best Italian Restaurants in San Diego Area

    Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life
  • USA Today

    Little Italy Is Where San Diego's Best Food Awaits

    USA Today

RoVino Rotisserie + Wine

Italian, $$, HarborviewItalian, $$San Diego, Harborview
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2017

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    Eater, 2017

Monello

Italian, $$, Little ItalyItalian, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

    2021 Best Italian Restaurants in San Diego Area

    Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life
  • Vacation Idea, 2021

    21 Best Italian Restaurants in San Diego, CA

    Vacation Idea, 2021

Buon Appetito

Italian, $$, Little ItalyItalian, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Vacation Idea, 2021

    21 Best Italian Restaurants in San Diego, CA

    Vacation Idea, 2021
  • USA Today

    Little Italy Is Where San Diego's Best Food Awaits

    USA Today

Ristorante Illando

Italian, $$, Little ItalyItalian, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Filippi's Pizza Grotto Little Italy

Italian, $$, Little ItalyItalian, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Vacation Idea, 2021

    21 Best Italian Restaurants in San Diego, CA

    Vacation Idea, 2021
  • Eater, 2018

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    Eater, 2018

Zinqué

French, $$, Little ItalyFrench, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2020

    20 Essential San Diego Happy Hours

    Eater, 2020
  • Eater, 2021

    Where to Brunch Right Now in San Diego

    Eater, 2021

Barbusa

Italian, $$, Little ItalyItalian, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
  • USA Today

    Little Italy Is Where San Diego's Best Food Awaits

    USA Today
  • Trip Savvy, 2019

    The 20 Best Restaurants in San Diego

    Trip Savvy, 2019

Osteria Panevino

Italian, $$$, Gaslamp QuarterItalian, $$$San Diego, Gaslamp Quarter
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
  • Vacation Idea, 2021

    21 Best Italian Restaurants in San Diego, CA

    Vacation Idea, 2021
  • Vacation Idea, 2021

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    Vacation Idea, 2021

Mimmo's Italian Village

Italian, $$, Little ItalyItalian, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
  • Vacation Idea, 2021

    21 Best Italian Restaurants in San Diego, CA

    Vacation Idea, 2021
  • USA Today

    Little Italy Is Where San Diego's Best Food Awaits

    USA Today

Graze by Sam

Italian, $$, Little ItalyItalian, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5

Mona Lisa Italian Foods

Italian, $$, Little ItalyItalian, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
  • Vacation Idea, 2021

    21 Best Italian Restaurants in San Diego, CA

    Vacation Idea, 2021

Solunto Ristorante & Bakery

Italian, $$, Little ItalyItalian, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Vacation Idea, 2021

    21 Best Italian Restaurants in San Diego, CA

    Vacation Idea, 2021

Nolita Hall

Pizza, $$, Little ItalyPizza, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

How does it work?

Finding the best Italian restaurant for you shouldn’t feel like a second job. These results are brought to you by boam, with insights from the Yelp and Google ratings for 10162 San Diego restaurants, 823905 reviews, and 624 top lists and articles from the likes of Eater, Vacation Idea and USA Today. We cross-referenced with top lists, like Eater - Where to Brunch Right Now in San Diego, Vacation Idea - 12 Must-Try Lunch & Dessert Spots in San Diego and USA Today - Little Italy Is Where San Diego's Best Food Awaits. Our engine uses real-time data to only show restaurants that are open and their available services, so you can stay safe on your terms. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so you can trust what you see and enjoy the city’s hidden gems. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

FAQ

Civico 1845, MAKE pizza+salad, and Mimmo's Italian Village are the highest-rated vegan-friendly Italian restaurants in Downtown.

The highest-rated Italian restaurants for delivery in Downtown are RoVino Rotisserie + Wine, Barbusa, and Davanti Enoteca.

RoVino Rotisserie + Wine, Civico 1845, and Barbusa are the highest-rated Italian restaurants for a quick lunch in Downtown.

Pappalecco, RoVino The Foodery, and Nonna are the highest-rated Italian restaurants for dessert in Downtown.

RoVino Rotisserie + Wine, Barbusa, and Davanti Enoteca are the highest-rated Italian restaurants for a date night in Downtown.

Drink pairing tips

  • The perfect match for marinara meatball

    When ordering marinara meatball, experts suggest pairing it with a glass of Italian Chianti, a popular red wine.

Interesting facts

  • A popular dish

    A trip to Italy is incomplete without having tried the local ragu alla bolognese, a national classic!

  • The largest pasta ever

    A giant pasta, which weighed 17,417 pounds, was made in October of 2015.

  • The most expensive ever

    If you have recently won the lottery, or you just happen to have $100 lying around, why not spend it on indulging in the world’s most glamorous, and most expensive, lasagna?

Parking tips

Finding parking in Downtown can be tricky, especially if you are going out for food. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen Italian spot.

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