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Nonna

4.4
56 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for Groups
Many restaurants in Little Italy have become destinations, among them the Busalacchi family's Nonna. The rustic décor features a relaxed country-style feel throughout the restaurant, including the delightful patio. The wonderfully welcoming atmosphere celebrates yet another delicious Sicilian food lineup, including pizzas and all that you would expect from an authentic Italian menu. The terrific entrées show the Sicilian influence, and fill the restaurant with great aromas.

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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(619) 234-1735
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
We have an outdoor patio that can seat up to 50 people.
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Private party contact
Lexi Pallozzi: (619) 234-1735
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Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 56 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.3
service
4.2
ambience
4.2
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Delicious food, great ambiance

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

The service was excellent and the food was so delicious. We will definitely be back next time we are in San Diego!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great Food and Great Service in an energetic atmosphere. We enjoyed the AntiPasta Misto,as an appetizer, Caesar and Rucola Salads were tasty - our main dishes which included the Chicken Parm, And Veal Saltimbocca were also very good. Margaret was our server an she was outstanding. We will be going regularly to this fantastic Italian restaurant.

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1.0Dined 6 days ago

My wife and I have been eating at Busalacchi run restaurants since 1990 and this was the worst overall dining experience we have ever had. There was nothing that we ordered that was worthwhile. The Arancini was cooked to the point that it could hardly be cut, the Caesar Salad was limp and over seasoned and even the fish special was barely edible.
Service was virtually non-existent as the restaurant appeared to be understaffed, although there were a number of possible employees standing around doing nothing. Our dinner was a 3 hour over priced ordeal.
I don’t know who is running the Busalacchi restaurants now but they better get their act together. You can’t trade off the name for long.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

We had a lovely lunch at Nonna's after visiting the bar area on Saturday night and sampling the bruschetta & some lovely Pinot Noir. Lunch was just as fabulous! We ordered pasta dishes. The friendly service, excellent food and wine will keep us going back. Thanks, Nonna!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Really enjoyed this restaurant. I liked the simple, but varied menu. The food was some of the best Italian I have had in a long time. Seemed very authentic and family oriented. Would definitely recommend Nonna's!

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

I would say that Nonna's is good. Not bad, not great, just good. The Caesar salad seemed a bit wilty and not wonderful. My hubby loved the bread. My veggie pasta dish came cold and they quickly made me another one. All in all a nice experience, but certainly not my favorite in Little Italy.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

We had three of the pasta entrees and a pizza. All were delicious. Nonna’s Is our new Little Italy favorite!

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

On a busy Saturday evening, service by Pietro was excellent. The pasta was extremely fresh and the dishes, bucatini carbonara and short rib pasta, were very flavorful. The cannoli we split for desert was awesome.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Really solid authentic Italian food with great service. We had the mushroom ravioli and carbonara and it was outstanding- paired great with their Sicilian Sauvignon Blanc. Reasonable prices for the quality and since the noise level was moderate, it was fine to bring kids but could definitely be a date night destination as well. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

So yummy! I forgot the name of the waiter but he was the best waiter I have ever had!! So funny and nice. It was a fantastic night I'll definitely be back! He had a man bun if that helps and said I'm his future wife... It was great!

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Getting a reservation is a must! We walked up just as our reservation time and were immediately seated! Waiter came within seconds to take drink orders. She left and a different waiter passed and saw we didn’t have drinks so he also asked us what drinks we needed! We ordered the food and got some bread. Food came quick and it was delicious. There is a cafe inside the restaurant which is great for walking the food off back to the hotel!

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

This restaurant provided the FASTEST service I have ever had. My boyfriend and I were seated right away with our reservations, ordered and within 10 minutes we had already had our food and drinks at the table. We were both astonished at how quick it was. The food there stick to their restaurants name "Nonna". It makes you feel like you are eating a home cooked meal that your grandma would make you. If you have not tried their food here I would highly recommend it!

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3.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Food was very good, but the service wasn’t great. Waiter was enthusiastic and friendly when introducing himself but then disappeared. We could see him spending a lot of time with two other tables (regulars?)Had to ask another waiter for help three times. Manager was rushing around doing his best... but the rest of the crew seemed uninterested.

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3.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Food was mixed. My wife had the ravioli and it was average- no mushroom flavor. Pasta rustica and pasta bolognais were very good. Restaurant was very noisy and crowded. The service was rushed. Entree came before we had a chance to eat the salad. Server turned it into a joke about how the kitchen can’t slow down instead of apologizing for the poorly timed service. Overall I would not recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Terrific place with good food and service! We appreciated seating for large group!

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Two moms and three potential college students enjoyed our time at Nonnas. The moms had an hour at the bar before the kids arrived and our only complaints occurred there. Service at the bar was far from attentive. And they ran out of cold bottled beer. It was St. Patrick's Day so perhaps that's understandable but the way it was handled left us wanting a little more attention or care. Despite those two things, I'd go back! :)

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

The food was absolutely amazing and the ambience is wonderful. The wait staff is very friendly and helpful, though at one point it seemed like they didn't think my father new one well enough to pick his own and just picked for him.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Great food, excellent service, great environment.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Awesome experience and food was delicious! ❤️

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Loved the food and the service was very good!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We love this place!!! Back patio is super fun, and the waiters are so kind. They accommodate food preferences and their seafood is GOOOD!!!

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

We had a delicious dinner outside under the gas lamps. The food was very good and the staff was very helpful and attentive. We enjoyed the energy generated by Little Italy at night.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Fabio was terrific waiter. Food was excellent and even though it was a very busy Friday night, we were seated immediately.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Everything was perfect! The food was fantastic!!

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Noisy couldn’t talk
Food good

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Ok but not really different or exceptional

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

My husband and I both had a taste for Italian food. Nonna’s didn’t disappoint! We ordered the Antipasto Misto for an appetizer and Lasagna for dinner! Everything was delicious! I would highly recommend Nonna’s!

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Was not bad but not great. Little disappointed.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

I ate here before the name change and was not impressed, now as Nonna the food is amazing and the service was just as good as the food. I will be going back many more times.

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2018

Highly recommemded great place in little Italy in San Diego

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Bad service, 2 out of 5 bad plates

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5.0Dined on February 5, 2018

I like the indoor/outdoor dining.
great location before heading to The Music Box

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Great new restaurant in Little Italy.
Great service and good food!
We loved the octopus salad.
Yummy gelato!

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was good; service was superb! Here's an example of their wonderfulness: we celebrated our anniversary there, and our waiter, without prompting, brought us a piece of delicious white chocolate cheesecake. We then proceeded to order another dessert (an equally wonderful tiramisu), a coffee, and a tea. When the bill came, both desserts were gratis.

Another example: I spilled he last two sips of my wine on the floor. Not only did they clean it up practically immediately, they brought over a full (large) glass as a replacement.

Food was good, too.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Instálate Tritata , carciofi app, and ORECCHIETTE w short ribs were all SPOT ON DELICIOUS ! All were recommendations by SERVER, PIERO !
Delightful service and will definitely return 😊

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Good food, good service. Excellent wood fired pizza.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

good food and amazing cannolis, their pastries are the best for sure

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

This was our first time in Little Italy. We had a great experience.

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2018

It was a great experience. Went for a birthday and the food was excellent. Loved the lasagna. The waiter was so sweet and funny. We all had a great time.

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