Isola Little Italy

4.5
250 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
MY NONNA’S NAME WAS ISOLA, A WONDERFUL COOK WHO GAVE ME A PASSION FOR FOOD AND FRESH, SIMPLE INGREDIENTS.

I have vivid memories of my grandmother turning plain bread into amazing desserts, simple apples into incredible fritters sprinkled with a little sugar and honey, and even treating my sunburns with olive oil. Thirty years later, I still savor every meal and moment.

Isola is proud to serve the finest local ingredients, dalla vite, from the vine. I hope you enjoy every bite, plucked from my family tree for your table. Buon appetito!
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PD
Palm Springs
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ate on the patio in the back which is advertised as dog friendly. I like dogs but prefer not to eat with them. There was a problem with dog hair all over the cushions on the benches. If that doesn’t bother you then enjoy the outside area. Otherwise our service was great and staff is always very friendly. You can never go wrong by ordering their pasta of the day or the wood fired pizza. I love this place and will definitely be back. I just wish people would leave the dogs home when going out to dinner.

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ME
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was amazing. Pace a bit noisy but I guess that’s part of the vibe

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LS
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Creative and authentic cuisine. Each dish was flavorful and well presented. Diverse wine list too!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was for a day! Fun place, nice food!
It’s a bit loud for conversations at time but overall it’s a fun place

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TC
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Delish, as usual. Duck salad is fantastic for lunch.

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AB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pizza, great wine selection. Good ambiance. Server had great recommendations, the bruschetta with proscuitto was amazing

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LS
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We had a great meal and experience at Isola, up until the hostess asked us to leave because they “needed our table for another reservation”. We were clearly wrapping up and they could have easily waited for us to excuse ourselves. It was disappointing as we were having a special outing. Pretty completely soured the experience for us...a great way to make a non-repeat customer out of me.

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JS
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pizza crust absolutely delicious Good

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SW
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress Elizabeth was simply amazing, very personable, very funny, and spot on with all of our group's needs. We were never left wanting for anything. Food was amazing too. Just a phenomenal experience all around.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Pizza was amazing, appetizers were okay. Pricing is good and so was the service.

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MS
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me and my husband took pizza and they were amaziiiing! We are so happy to find a real Italian pizza experience in the States. It's a shame that we are not living in San Diego tough, otherwise we would probably come every week.

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San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was fine, but this was probably the worst service I've experienced in a long time. It felt like the server actively despised us-- no hello, sarcastic response, and rushed service. I'm unsure if he was having a bad day, but my husband and I felt unwelcome.

The pizza and wine selection was solid. The space is loud, but the atmosphere is fun and upbeat.

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C
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was terrible the server was not even speaking English and not professional at all. Very loud and didn’t know his courses. The manager was ok nice I wish he was our server. The pizza had not all ingredients inside for the price I should have a real pizza like in Italie.
I would
Not recommend that place at all.

But the hostesse and manger was nice .
When I did reservation I said it was for a birthday but no one said anything or propose
Anything.

So thanks for nothing

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San Diego
57 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pizza is delicious. So is arugula salad. Service is fast. Happy hour pizza is a DEAL as is the other happy hour offers....

Pizza better than Buon Forchetta in my opinion but then I'm not a fan of "wet" pizza....

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

I specifically brought a group of 7 coworkers here because online they advertised having gluten free pizza, when I arrived they did not have it and said they don’t do that anymore. My coworker didn’t get her meal (a standard order) until most people at the table had already finished theirs. Nothing was taken off the bill.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful experience. Staff were very polite and kind. Food was delicious. Hubby and I loved it. It was our first time here.

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Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were the first there as we are still on central time. Had great service and pasta was wonderful. Highly recommend b

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J
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Super noisy but was a weekend. Service was excellent. We had the Brie and asparagus pizza, yummy, really liked. Not that crazy about the insalata mista, quite plain and boring. My mom enjoyed her espresso gelato dessert, our wine was good. Would try it again maybe not on weekend!

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PC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is good, you won’t leave hungry. Can get very loud in that space, too many hard surfaces and no sound absorbing panels, difficult to hold a conversation.

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Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Pizza good but a bit soggy. Very loud and mediocre service

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JR
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Simple food, simply presented. Fresh and tasty.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We are local, and Isola is one of our favorites. I particularly love their Pizza. As close to Italy as you will come.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Years eve

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good and friendly service!! The food was good but expected it to be better! Nice Ambiente!

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KS
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Known for their pizzas but they weren't very good - crust was burnt on top and soggy below.

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A
Querétaro
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El lugar está muy bien situado dentro de Little Italy, además la atención fue inmejorable y la comida deliciosa. Las recomendaciones del mesero en cuanto a la cantidad de comida que ordenar, fueron perfectas.

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El Paso
23 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Be warned... though they say the pizzas are only 4 slices they are very large. we had way too many pizzas as people thought they were individual size

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San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious food and very gracious service. The music is a bit loud and the maintenance activities at the back of the restaurant were distracting but everyone left happy.

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AT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Delightful Italian, informative wait staff, fresh and tasty.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for a business lunch! Food is great for sharing and good environment for conversation. This is our go-to place for business lunches. Never disappoints.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great birthday date! Super Tuscan bottle, pizza and a pasta a perfect-perfect treat

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SW
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere at Isola in Little Italy makes you feel like you are actually in Italy. The food was so delicious. We recommend the mozzarella l flight and the Margarhita pizza. And the Rosso de Montelcino went perfectly with it. Our Italian server was the cherry on top of the gelato!!!

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h
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I made a reservation on open table last night for 7:30
It was accepted. We got there And it was closed. Someone messed up.

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K
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meal and service were fantastic

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DK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service, good food, and perfect dinner before the theatre.

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c
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Usually a great value with great food. My lamb entre was over cooked and burnt. Bruschetta with prosciutto was the best as usual.

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PD
Palm Springs
24 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and friendly service. Never been wrong ordering the pasta of the day.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The pizza was very strange. They didn’t evenly spread the toppings throughout the pizza... the olives were all on one slice, then the artichokes on another, the cheese on another, and the meat on the other. The pasta was good though.

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PH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I have been going to Isola for years, and I still think that they have the best pizza in San Diego. They let the dough rise for 48 hours or so, and then the pizzas are cooked very quickly in a wood-burning oven. The result is an incredibly tasty crust. I generally have, and recommend, the spicy salami pizza, and start with the roasted veggies. I've never been disappointed, either in Little Italy or in La Jolla (where I usually go). So, strongly, strongly recommended.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great tasty food & amazing relaxing ambience!

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