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The 15 Best Italian Restaurants In Little Italy, San Diego

Updated: May 2, 2022

Anything better than pasta doused in parmesan? No! That's why you should visit Little Italy’s best Italian restaurants. Don’t waste time agonizing, we analyzed millions of reviews to bring you the best Italian options in Little Italy. Pick one of these Little Italy eateries and enjoy delectable tiramisu or sip on Italian Chianti - your choice!

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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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  • Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

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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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    USA Today

Monello

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

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    Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life
  • 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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  • USA Today

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    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

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  • Eater, 2018

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    Eater, 2018

Zinqué

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

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    Eater, 2020
  • Eater, 2021

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    Eater, 2021

Barbusa

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

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    USA Today
  • Trip Savvy, 2019

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    Trip Savvy, 2019

Mimmo's Italian Village

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

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    Vacation Idea, 2021
  • USA Today

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    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

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Solunto Ristorante & Bakery

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

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Nolita Hall

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

Nonna

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

Puerto La Boca

Argentine, $$, Little ItalyArgentine, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Why is this list better than others?

Finding the right Italian restaurant for you shouldn’t be so hard. We looked at Yelp and Google’s ratings for 10162 spots across San Diego, analyzed 823905 restaurant reviews, and sifted through 624 lists and articles from the likes of Eater, USA Today and Trip Savvy – applying our boam magic to sift through results. Yes, we even looked at Eater - Where to Brunch Right Now in San Diego, USA Today - Little Italy Is Where San Diego's Best Food Awaits and Trip Savvy - The 20 Best Restaurants in San Diego to pull this list together. We automatically update restaurants’ availability and services, so you can find a great meal no matter what. This content is not sponsored by any restaurant or party, the restaurants shown are the real deal. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

Recurring questions

Barbusa, Davanti Enoteca, and Zinqué are the highest-rated Italian restaurants for take-out in Little Italy.

The highest-rated Italian restaurants for delivery in Little Italy are Barbusa, Davanti Enoteca, and Zinqué.

Civico 1845, Mimmo's Italian Village, and Landini's Pizzeria are the highest-rated vegan-friendly Italian restaurants in Little Italy.

There are 24 Italian restaurants in Little Italy.

Pappalecco, Nonna, and Solunto Ristorante & Bakery are the highest-rated Italian restaurants for dessert in Little Italy.

Drink pairing tips

  • The perfect match for your tagliatelle pasta

    Experts recommend pairing a tagliatelle pasta with a glass of Pinot Grigio, a popular white wine.

Fun facts

  • 13 ounces of victory

    In 2020, Leah Shutkever became the world-record holder for the most lasagneeaten after eating 13 ounces in one sitting. This took place in Redditch, The United Kingdom.

  • A historical dish

    The cherished pasta came from China in 5,000 .B.C..

  • 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 in the area

Parking can be tough around Little Italy 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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