Isola Little Italy

4.6
458 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 458 people are saying
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipISOLA
Orange County
46 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic pizza.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
91 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
24 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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Jult
San Diego
3 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
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Happy Hour in SD!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
91 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 .

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Started from the bar while waiting to be seated and Alexis (I think her name) was super friendly and attentive. She’d came
Up a couple of times to check up on us. Our server delivered good customer service as well and the steak was amazing! Will definitely come back there.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Honestly, the food was awful. Take my advice, order pizza. Everything else was great.

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MandSL
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

My husband and I were on a date and were seated next to a table full of children. I do believe I noted on our reservation it was a date. Not a big deal but it would've been nice to be put in a quieter spot to enjoy our meal. Food and our server were fantastic.

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Alexis
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having a reservation was a life-saver! I loved the food and the staff was helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super super yummy pizza. Not only was the pizza good but the service was great. Our waitress was very acknowledgeable and friendly.

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MaddieL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had such a nice time! Food was great and staff was super friendly!

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Edmc
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Pizza and gnocchi were very good! Service was fantastic. Would recommend for family or dates.

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DavidS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt like we were in a Cafe in Rome. Great Salumi board, fantastic Margherita, DOP and lovely service. Nice outdoor dining with heaters and attentive service. Already planning the return visit.

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JeffreyJ
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time there and I'll be going back! The food and service were both excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My daughter’s 12th birthday, this is her favorite restaurant for pizza. :)

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Service was very slow, substitutions were made to food without informing us prior to serving. Pizza was good with the exception that they made one of them wrong twice. At this point we were just ready to go. I would not go back

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arrived on a busy Saturday night with a reservation and was seated right away. Great food and great service. They have a wonderful outdoor setup for diners during COVID. The pizza was AMAZING!!!

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SiaS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. I love the pizzas there. Had a the penne with meat ragu this time and couldn’t stop eating. Salad was perfect and the appetizer was ok (shrimp with polenta). I had no room for desert but from previous experience in this place it’s one of the best Italian deserts in SD.

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NathanC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Service was a little slow. But the food was delicious.

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vipMLNado
San Diego
52 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Even though the food was pretty good, the service was so bad and inattentive, I can’t give the restaurant more stars. Over an hour for entrees. I would say that it was because of Valentines weekend—we went on Friday—but server was very attentive on other tables. We were dressed nicely we travel and eat all over the world, so it’s not as if we were being obnoxious or inappropriate. Server never came to recognize that service was slow——maybe kitchen was backed up. Just didn’t care. In Covid times I really try to give restaurants and servers benefit of the doubt, but this was inexcusable.

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 4.6 stars by 458 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.