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The 14 Best Italian Restaurants Near Old Town, San Diego

Updated: May 2, 2022

Feel like a wood-fired pizza or fresh pasta? Best head over to one of these great Italian spots in Old Town. After analyzing millions of reviews from the best sites we present the ultimate Italian venues in Old Town. Pick one of these Old Town eateries and enjoy delectable tiramisu or sip on Italian Chianti - your choice!

Find the perfect Italian restaurant

Jack and Giulio's Italian Restaurant

Italian, $$, Old TownItalian, $$San Diego, Old Town
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 3.5
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Pizza Bella

Pizza, $$, Old TownPizza, $$San Diego, Old Town
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

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CUCINA urbana

Italian, $$, Park WestItalian, $$San Diego, Park West
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
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Officine Buona Forchetta

Italian, $$, Midway DistrictItalian, $$San Diego, Midway District
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
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Cesarina

Italian, $$, Point Loma HeightsItalian, $$San Diego, Point Loma Heights
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 5.0
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Parma Cucina Italiana

Italian, $$, HillcrestItalian, $$San Diego, Hillcrest
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
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The Red Door

Italian, $$, HillcrestItalian, $$San Diego, Hillcrest
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
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Mia Trattoria

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

Giovanni's Italian Restaurant

Italian, $$, MorenaItalian, $$San Diego, Morena
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Sardina's Italian Restaurant & Bar

Italian, $$, MorenaItalian, $$San Diego, Morena
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 3.5
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Farmer's Bottega Restaurant

American, $$, HillcrestAmerican, $$San Diego, Hillcrest
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
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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

North Italia

Italian, $$, Mission Valley WestItalian, $$San Diego, Mission Valley West
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

How did we curate this list?

Picking the right Italian restaurant can be tough, especially when you’re exploring new restaurants. The restaurants in this list rose to the top after we analyzed the Yelp and Google ratings for 10162 restaurants in San Diego, 823905 restaurant reviews, and exactly 624 lists and articles from experts at Vacation Idea and Eater and more. All with some boam magic. The spots that made the cut 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 - Where to Brunch Right Now in San Diego. We automatically update restaurants’ availability and services, so you can find a great meal no matter what. Since boam gets no payment for showing these restaurants, you can trust the restaurants in this list. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

FAQ

Trattoria Don Pietro, Pizza Bella, and Jack and Giulio's Italian Restaurant are the highest-rated Italian restaurants for a quick lunch in Old Town.

Trattoria Don Pietro, Pizza Bella, and Jack and Giulio's Italian Restaurant are the highest-rated Italian restaurants that serve breakfast in Old Town.

The highest-rated Italian restaurants for delivery in Old Town are Trattoria Don Pietro, Pizza Bella, and Jack and Giulio's Italian Restaurant.

Trattoria Don Pietro, Pizza Bella, and Jack and Giulio's Italian Restaurant are the highest-rated Italian restaurants for a date night in Old Town.

Trattoria Don Pietro, Pizza Bella, and Jack and Giulio's Italian Restaurant are the highest-rated Italian restaurants that are good for groups in Old Town.

Drink pairing tips

  • A next-level pairing for Sauvignon Blanc

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

Fun facts

  • The world-record holder

    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.

  • Who made the first pasta?

    The next time you bite into a deliciouspasta remember to thank China who are responsible for this tasty culinary invention.

  • 17,417 pounds of pasta

    The pasta was made in Krakow, Poland in 2015 - setting a new record of 17,417 pounds.

Parking in the area

There’s nothing like finding the perfect parking spot right away when you’re going out for a meal. 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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