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Best Italian Restaurants in Little Italy


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A photo of Barbusa restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Little Italy
Booked 83 times today
Barbusa is a revered Italian restaurant that has garnered a glowing reputation from both local and visiting patrons. Nestled in the heart of Little Italy, San Diego, it boasts an inviting ambiance that perfectly marries modern decor with traditional Italian heritage. As noted in several reviews, the food at Barbusa is nothing short of exceptional; dishes like the ribeye, the rigatoni with eggplant, and the pesto gnocchi have been pointed out as exquisite highlights of the menu. Customers have also commended the exceptional and attentive service, making special mention of waiters like Paolo and Diego Silva, who elevate dining experiences through their passion and knowledge. One reviewer described a visit to Barbusa as an "unforgettable journey into the heart of Italy," which speaks volumes about the authenticity and quality of its culinary offerings. Overall, the combinative experience of the food, service, and ambiance make Barbusa a must-visit spot in San Diego for any lover of fine Italian cuisine.
A photo of Roman Wolves restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Little Italy
Booked 64 times today
Nestled in the vibrant neighborhood of Little Italy, The Heights has swiftly garnered a reputation for providing an authentic contemporary Italian culinary experience. Patrons praise its excellent service and quality, with standout dishes such as the Buffalo Eggplant and Raviolone earning rave reviews. The seafood, including calamari and Chilean Seabass, is applauded for its top-notch quality, as is the signature fettuccine served in a cheese wheel. The inviting ambiance combined with a great selection of drinks and gourmet cuisine, makes The Heights a 'must-try' for locals and tourists alike. As one reviewer succinctly puts it, "It's an elegant yet comfortable place to meet your friends and/or family."
A photo of Civico 1845 restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Little Italy
Booked 57 times today
Civico 1845, located in San Diego, is highly acclaimed for its authentic Italian cuisine. Praise doesn't stop at its traditional dishes, but also extends to its impressively creative vegan menu. A plethora of reviews laud the restaurant, with one patron stating they experienced the best pasta they've ever had, and another commending the vegan mozzarella. The great service, as well as the warm and charming atmosphere, further enhance the dining experience. Comments also applaud the speed of service, portion sizes, and quality of dishes, leading to recommendations and repeat visits. Whether it's celebrating special occasions or simply relishing delicious Italian comfort food, Civico 1845 does not disappoint.
A photo of Lala restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Little Italy
Booked 22 times today
"Lala" is a captivating blend of modern and classic Italian cuisine, paired with handcrafted cocktails in a cozy, sexy-chic ambiance. Our menu showcases timeless Italian flavors with a contemporary twist, from traditional Stuffed Shells to inventive loaded potato gnocchi. The intimate atmosphere, with dimmed lights and plush furnishings, sets the stage for romantic dinners or vibrant gatherings.Our bar is a haven of mixology artistry, featuring classic Negronis and signature creations like the "Lala Martini." Sustainability is a core value—we source responsibly and implement eco-friendly practices in both the kitchen and the bar. "Lala" isn't just a restaurant; it's a community that appreciates culinary excellence, inviting you to savor the extraordinary in every bite, sip, and moment. Join us for a celebration of Italian cuisine, crafted with contemporary flair, and served in an ambiance that exudes romance.
A photo of Monello restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Little Italy
Booked 83 times today
Monello is a top-rated Italian restaurant, garnering rave reviews for its exceptional offerings of traditional Italian dishes. Renowned for their pasta tossed in wheel cheese, customers also enjoy their delectable black ink squid pasta and prosciutto pizza. The tagliatelle lam ragu and spaghetti with squid ink have been particularly highlighted as game-changers. Besides the outstanding food, the reviews also mention the excellent service, great atmosphere, and the attentive staff. Some customers even claim it's the best Italian restaurant in San Diego's Little Italy. Renowned for its fresh pasta and iconic cheese wheel, Monello has become a must-visit destination for Italian cuisine enthusiasts.
A photo of Bencotto Italian Kitchen restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Little Italy
Booked 76 times today
Bencotto Italian Kitchen is a treasure trove of true Italian cuisine, nestled in Little Italy, San Diego. Its menu might not be enormous, but each dish stands out, reflecting the principle of "less is more". This philosophy is confirmed by numerous customers who praise Bencotto's authentic Italian meals, especially the homemade pasta that enthusiasts say rivals the best in the world. The unique cheese wheel pasta special has been highlighted as a must-try experience for both its preparation demonstration and its unforgettable taste. Celebrated for its consistent quality and fabulous service, Bencotto Italian Kitchen promises an exceptional dining experience for those seeking the best of Italian cuisine, as one reviewer testifies, "There is no better choice in San Diego than Bencotto."
A photo of Mimmo's Italian Village restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Little Italy
Booked 39 times today
Situated in the heart of Little Italy, San Diego, Mimmo's Italian Village is a gem for all Italian cuisine lovers. Its charm and authenticity have earned it high praises, including being hailed as one of the best Italian places in the area. Its service, ambiance, and food have been consistently praised for their excellence. The variety of the dishes, from linguini with shellfish to Bolognese with penne, has captivated the palates of locals and tourists alike. As a testament to its outstanding fare, one New York visitor wished for the restaurant's Bolognese to be air-shipped back home while a regular customer raved about the delectable Greek salad. Clearly, the unforgettable experiences at Mimmo's have made it a must-visit for Italian food enthusiasts.
A photo of Ristorante Illando restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Little Italy
Booked 20 times today
Ristorante Illando, a well-loved eatery in San Diego's Little Italy district, consistently delivers top-notch, authentic Italian cuisine. The unmistakable Italian accents of the wait staff lend credibility to the authenticity of the food, which has earned rave reviews. Numerous patrons laud the ravioli with vodka sauce, spaghetti carbonara, and lamb chops as standout dishes. The quality of both food and service have made Ristorante Illando a favorite choice for special occasions. Remarkably, the restaurant's extensive wine list is also affordable, with knowledgeable wait staff readily available to provide recommendations. Whether for a casual meal or a celebratory dinner, Ristorante Illando proves time and again to be a culinary delight.
A photo of Nonna restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Little Italy
Booked 12 times today
Nonna, located in the heart of Little Italy in San Diego, is an authentic Italian restaurant that never fails to impress its patrons. Hailed by Italian Americans from New York and Italian natives alike, Nonna is lauded for its high-quality, delicious food, exceptional service, and cozy ambiance. Reviewers on numerous occasions have noted Nonna's excellent eggplant dishes, generous portions, and outstanding authenticity, with some diners even stating it's the best Italian they've had since Italy itself! Whether you're craving their heavenly cannolis, exceptional espresso, or their succulent seafood special, you're in for an unforgettable dining experience at Nonna.
A photo of Allegro restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Little Italy
Booked 65 times today
Allegro Restaurant and Bar in Little Italy San Diego offers a true Amalfi coast Italian dining experience. Featuring a combination of traditional and modern Italian cuisine, Allegro San Diego is the perfect venue for your special occasions and party celebration.
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