Little Italy, priding itself in its history of flourishing tuna fishing industry and generations of Italian families who made their living on the sea, is now the center of San Diego’s most dynamic food and drink scene. The neighborhood is a small lively area packed with outdoor cafés, bustling restaurant, craft breweries and wineries, art galleries, fancy shops, boutique hotels and the gorgeous Amici Park. Little Italy is a place where times intersect and the past meets the present, where old school diners continue to be treasured sightseeing spots.
With San Diego being “the Craft Beer Capital of America”, Little Italy also has craft beer in the spotlight, boasting establishments such as Ballast Point and Bottle Craft Beer Shop and Tasting Room.
Located in the heart of Little Italy is a European-style public marketplace known as Piazza della Famiglia. The 10,000-square-foot plaza on W. Date Street serves as the central communal place for farmers’ markets and cultural events and connects the India and Columbia streets. A dramatic tiled fountain also sits at the east side of the plaza and residents and visitors alike can stroll across the cobblestone street.
Without having to step out of San Diego, you can savor the flavors of Italy just a few steps away from the plaza in the Little Italy Food Hall. The area offers a new dining concept of six locally driven food stations, a mobile outdoor chef’s area featuring demonstrations and a full bar with local craft breweries.
You can also anticipate and enjoy various festivals such as Little Italy Festa! each fall and the Mission Federal Art Walk each Spring in Little Italy.