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The 13 Best Pasta Restaurants In San Diego

Updated: May 2, 2022

Longing for a bowl of Spaghetti and Meatballs or a simple Aglio olio? These are our go-to pasta spots in San Diego. We examined top food blogs and review sites and scrutinized millions of reviews for this list of pasta restaurants. So break out the parmesan and head to these San Diego eateries for luscious lasagnas and perfect puttanesca.

Find the perfect Pasta spot

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

CUCINA urbana

Italian, $$, Park WestItalian, $$San Diego, Park West
Google: 4.6
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

Cesarina

Italian, $$, Point Loma HeightsItalian, $$San Diego, Point Loma Heights
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 5.0
  • Eater, 2019

    Where to Eat in Point Loma

    Eater, 2019

Civico by The Park

Italian, Park WestItalianSan Diego, Park West
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2021

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    Eater, 2021
  • San Diego Magazine, 2020

    13 Vegan and Vegetarian-Friendly Spots with Patio Dining in San Diego

    San Diego Magazine, 2020

Monzu Fresh Pasta

Wine Bar, $$, East VillageWine Bar, $$San Diego, East Village
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2021

    Where to Eat Near Petco Park

    Eater, 2021

Ambrogio15

Pizza, $$, La JollaPizza, $$San Diego, La Jolla
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2021

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    Eater, 2021
  • Eater, 2018

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    Eater, 2018

RoVino Rotisserie + Wine

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

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    Eater, 2017

RustiCucina

Italian, North ParkItalianSan Diego, North Park
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

Catania

Italian, $$$, La JollaItalian, $$$San Diego, La Jolla
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

    2021 Best Italian Restaurants in San Diego Area

    Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life
  • Eater, 2015

    Dine With a View at These 11 Local Eateries

    Eater, 2015

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

Parma Cucina Italiana

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

    21 Best Italian Restaurants in San Diego, CA

    Vacation Idea, 2021

Baci Restaurant

Italian, $$$, Bay ParkItalian, $$$San Diego, Bay Park
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2018

    22 Classic San Diego Restaurants and Bars

    Eater, 2018

Ciccia Osteria

Italian, $$, Barrio LoganItalian, $$San Diego, Barrio Logan
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2019

    Where to Eat in Barrio Logan

    Eater, 2019

How did these spots get chosen?

Finding the best Pasta spots in San Diego can take way too long. We analyzed 624 lists and articles from top sources like Eater and Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life, 10162 San Diego restaurants’ ratings across Google and Yelp, and 823905 reviews – all with some boam magic to make sense of the madness. These spots have been featured in Eater - Where to Eat Near Petco Park, Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life - 2021 Best Italian Restaurants in San Diego Area and Eater - Where to Eat in Barrio Logan. 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. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so you can trust what you see and enjoy the city’s hidden gems. The ten options above are the best of San Diego Pasta.

Questions & answers

Ambrogio15, CUCINA urbana, and Cori Pastificio Trattoria are the highest-rated pasta spots for a pick-up order in San Diego.

Ambrogio15, RoVino Rotisserie + Wine, and CUCINA urbana are the highest-rated pasta spots that are good for groups in San Diego.

Cesarina, Civico by The Park Ambrogio15 are the highest-rated vegan pasta places in San Diego.

Herb & Wood, Cesarina, and Civico by The Park are the highest-rated pasta spots to get a quick lunch in San Diego.

Herb & Wood, Cesarina, and Civico by The Park are the highest-rated pasta spots for dinner in San Diego.

Drink pairing tips for Pasta

  • Go for Chardonnay with mac and cheese

    For an elevated experience, pair your mac and cheese with Chardonnay. This combination works particularly well because this white wine cuts through the rich flavors.


  • Pair Strongbow with macaroni,cheese and leeks

    Not sure what cider to drink with your macaroni,cheese and leeks? Try Strongbow. The dry flavors will pair nicely with the food and complete the meal.

  • The perfect match for linguine with crab

    Experts often pair linguine with crab with a glass of Frascati, a popular white wine.

Fun facts about Pasta

  • Once upon a time

    Some tasty history for you, macaroni and cheese dates back to the year 1769 when it was made in Northern Europe.

  • A day for pasta-lovers

    Ever heard of National Pasta Day? If you’re in The United States then you better be ready to enjoy it on October October!

  • A big appetite

    Leah Shutkever knows that you can never have too much of a good thing. They proved this by eating 13 ounces of lasagne, setting a world record in the process!

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