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The 14 Best Italian Restaurants Near Hillcrest, San Diego

Updated: May 2, 2022

In need of a Neapolitan pizza or a bowl of gnocchi? Then these Italian spots in Hillcrest are for you. After analyzing millions of reviews from the best sites we present the ultimate Italian venues in Hillcrest. Pick one of these Hillcrest eateries and enjoy delectable tiramisu or sip on Italian Chianti - your choice!

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Parma Cucina Italiana

Italian, $$, HillcrestItalian, $$San Diego, Hillcrest
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • Vacation Idea, 2021

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The Red Door

Italian, $$, HillcrestItalian, $$San Diego, Hillcrest
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2015

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    Eater, 2015

Farmer's Bottega Restaurant

American, $$, HillcrestAmerican, $$San Diego, Hillcrest
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Vacation Idea, 2021

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Cardellino

Italian, $$, HillcrestItalian, $$San Diego, Hillcrest
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.0

Arrivederci Ristorante

Italian, $$, HillcrestItalian, $$San Diego, Hillcrest
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

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Civico 1845

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

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CUCINA urbana

Italian, $$, Park WestItalian, $$San Diego, Park West
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline, 2019

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Tribute Pizza

Pizza, $$, North ParkPizza, $$San Diego, North Park
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • Zagat, 2017

    14 Amazing Pizzas You Need to Try Right Now in San Diego

    Zagat, 2017
  • Eater, 2018

    15 Essential Pizzerias Around San Diego

    Eater, 2018

Davanti Enoteca

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

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  • USA Today

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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
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  • Vacation Idea, 2021

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Buon Appetito

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

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    Vacation Idea, 2021
  • USA Today

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Cori Pastificio Trattoria

Italian, $$, North ParkItalian, $$San Diego, North Park
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2021

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    Eater, 2021

Siamo Napoli

Italian, $$, North ParkItalian, $$San Diego, North Park
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 5.0

How did these spots get chosen?

Figuring out the best Italian restaurants can take awhile. We analyzed 624 lists and articles from top sources like Vacation Idea and Eater, 10162 San Diego restaurants’ ratings across Google and Yelp, and 823905 reviews – all with some boam magic to make sense of the madness. The restaurants you see have been featured in Vacation Idea - 23 Best San Diego Breakfast & Weekend Brunch Spots, Eater - Where To Drink Bottomless Mimosas in San Diego and Eater - 38 Standout Restaurants in San Diego. Our engine uses real-time data to only show restaurants that are open and their updated available services, so you can actually enjoy the food we show. Our site gets no money for featuring restaurants in this list – everyone’s earned their place. These ten options are sure to delight.

Recurring questions

The Red Door, Mia Trattoria, and La Taverna are the highest-rated Italian restaurants that are good for groups in Hillcrest.

Tavola Nostra Pizzeria e Cucina, The Red Door, and Parma Cucina Italiana are vegetarian-friendly Italian restaurants in Hillcrest.

The Red Door, Parma Cucina Italiana, and La Taverna are the highest-rated Italian restaurants for dessert in Hillcrest.

Tavola Nostra Pizzeria e Cucina, The Red Door, and Parma Cucina Italiana are some of the highest-rated late-night Italian spots in Hillcrest.

Farmer's Bottega Restaurant is the highest-rated vegan-friendly Italian restaurant in Hillcrest.

Drink pairing tips

  • The perfect complement to tomato and arugula salad


    Experts often pair tomato and arugula salad with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, a popular white wine.

Fun facts

  • The biggest pasta ever

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

  • A taste for luxury

    The most expensive lasagna costs a whopping$100! Would you be willing to pay$100 for a fancy Diamond and Gold lasagna?

  • February = Italian festival

    Why don’t you try something new this year and head to the Battle of the Oranges Festival in Italy? Take part in the food fight with oranges competition or just enjoy the festival as a whole. We recommend it!

Parking information

Finding parking in Hillcrest 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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