Isola Little Italy

4.5
473 Reviews
$30 and under
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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 473 people are saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipAdrianaM
San Diego
96 reviews
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place! It’s always good. Thank you 🙏🏻

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Very poor service. Food was pretty good, but entrees came out before appetizers, and two members of our party didn’t get their food for about 20 minutes after the rest of us got ours. Pizza dough was great but soggy in the middle and my sausage pizza had four pieces of sausage, a bunch of greasy and over cooked onions and mushrooms.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OUTSTANDING FOOD

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Food came out in a weird order. Pizza first, then like 10 minutes later our appetizer came out, then our first round of drinks after that.

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chrisb
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, polite and friendly, fair pricing

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice place with great pizzas from a old school wood burning oven. Need to go back and try other menu items.

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vipstephenD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone terrific there, great staff and food is amazing. I don’t remember our sever name ( has a little guy named Noah) she was amazing. Please go to isola, you will love it!!

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vipBoxsterguy
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good meal. Delightful location with great people watching while dining.

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vipAdrianaM
San Diego
97 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It’s one of our favorite restaurants!
There’s no question about it. Food and service are very good
Thank you 🙏🏻

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Xxxxx
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food is good. Great location. Service ia decent. Altogether nice

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

The food was ok but service was horrible. Hostess was not friendly. Waited over 20 minutes just to get two glasses of wine. The waitress didn’t even acknowledge how slow things were. Bread came with our meal instead of out first. Then a rapper performer came into the restaurant blaring music and putting Venmo cards on every table as people were trying to enjoy their dinner and wine. They continued to videotape him performing along with all of the guest of the restaurant without anyone permission. It was so loud and the staff did not do anything to get him out of there. We were actually asked if we enjoy the performance by the waitress. Will not return, would not recommend.

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vipAdrianaM
San Diego
97 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We loved it! It’s one of our favourite restaurants.
It’s always very good. Very friendly service
Thank you so much 🙏🏻

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TaviaK
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father’s Day - my dad greatly enjoyed!

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Lukecan
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love Isola in La Jolla and tried the one in Little Italy. The menu is slightly different. The appetizers (bruschetta and brussel) were very tasty. The tomato-basil soup was good but not unique. The pizzas were awesome but the porcini e pancetta had a little too many mushrooms that soaked the center of the pizza.,

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ElizabethR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was terrific.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant. The food was amazing. Definitely coming back.

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vipYARDBAR
Orange County
47 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

awesome as always. This is the only place in Little Italy we ever go to. Happy Hour $5 pizzas and $6 wines plus a bunch more tasty small plates. I would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

The hostess did not provide a warm reception at all. The food was very good, but unfortunately the service was slow and one of the orders was not placed. It may have been that it was the end of a long day for the staff, but our server didn’t seem very concerned that one of the guests was without a meal.

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DawnM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic pizza.

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vipAdrianaM
San Diego
97 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great place! The food and service are always excellent!

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vipLehme
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience

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vipLeslieC
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

First time here and wood fired pizza was great! Pinot noir wine was also a winner for us. Some of the wait staff were not amazingly trained, but perhaps they were new.
Our waitress, Rachel H. was friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable.
We will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Very drab decor, was expecting to be more impressed based on the prices. Lousy wine selection, great bread, average food. Wouldn’t go back.

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Hkfngr
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pizza...much like in real Italy.

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GregE
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good thing we had reservations, it was pretty busy on a Saturday evening. We sat outside street level. Nice that they had heaters to ward off the chill.

Food arrived quickly with good portions. I never had Gnocchi before and I am glad I tried it.

There are a lot of restaurants in the area to chose from and some are pretty hard to get into. We enjoyed our visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super sweet waitress, amazing food & great wine & ambiance what more can I ask for!

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vipJult
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Server not too polite … food was good

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pizza in Little Italy! Love this place and pricing is reasonable. Perfect pizzas every time.

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Reneedarlene1
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delish. Loved the brussel sprouts. Panna cotta was amazing. We will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything! Apps and pizza!!

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vipsarsur
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious, the pizza was out of this world along with all their appetizers. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute little spot in Little Italy! I’m so happy I found Isola Pizza Bar while browsing on Open Table. The service was great and the food was delicious — outdoor dining was a nice touch :)

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible! Hands down the best wood fired pizza we have ever had - so good we went back a second time during our 5 day trip. Service was excellent as well! highly recommend!

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Cameron
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Our server was outstanding. I can't remember her name, but she was on top of it. She suggested a few items, and even checked for the perfect bottle of wine for us. I would say for the price, the food was pretty plain - I definitely expected it to be way better than it was. I also wouldn't trust the rating of this place, as "exceptional" because it wasn't. The bathrooms are really really gross. You can barely find them because of the mural on the wall, and when you walk in, it's dark... Like, night light in the middle of the night dark. I had to turn my phone's flashlight on just to see. When I did, the bathrooms were janky, not clean, and just really gross, but maybe that's why they have the lights so dim.

Anyway, would not recommend, and will not be coming back. If you're looking for quality food at the same price, head down to Sorrento a little further down on India.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent pizza and appetizers

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Happy Hour in SD!

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vipAdrianaM
San Diego
97 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We loved it! Everything was excellent! Thank you 🙏🏻

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SteveB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pizza was the best I’ve ever tasted. The crust was so light and fluffy and didn’t stuff you leaving you feeling satisfied and happy 😊

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were sat and left at the table for 25 minutes before a drink order was taken. The table was on the sidewalk and was so slanted that the drinks were sliding off and the waiter spilled water everywhere. The food is average at best and we couldn’t wait to leave after we paid our overpriced check :-/

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marky
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

absolutely the most disappointing dinner of my last year . the food was tasteless , the pizza undercooked and doughy but burnt on edges , the mozzarella cheese hard and dry , the tomatoes not ripe , the carpaccio was dry and did not have hardly any olive oil on it .
I just dont know what happened . This restaurant has mostly 5 star reviews which is why we chose it .
I would not go back and would not recommend it to anyone .

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Isola Little Italy using the Order Online button. Isola Little Italy also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Isola Little Italy also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 555-4230.

Isola Little Italy is rated 4.5 stars by 473 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.