Neighborhoods of Downtown San Diego – Little Italy

August 16, 2012

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This Photo Banner and the One Mile Walk Notice are Courtesy of Little Italy website. See link at end of article.

Photo Courtesy Timothy L. Green / Deviant Art

Little Italy, Hey Paisano

Little Italy is one of the most quaint neighborhoods of downtown San Diego. Nestled among a cosmopolitan potpourri of both old and new buildings, lowrise and skyscrapers, sits this one of a kind, ethnic gem. 

Boundaries

Little Italy is bordered on the north by West Laurel Street, and the east by the 5 Freeway. It stops on the west at the Pacific Highway, and the south at West A Street.

Restaurants

When you talk Italian Culture–you’re talking food, and Little Italy will not disappoint. Apart from the regular fare such as Subway, Little Italy offers some outstanding ethnic options. Here is a list:

  • Assenti’s Pasta
  • Filippi’s Cash and Carry Italian Grocery – you have to walk through the grocery to get to the restaurant. That is very traditional.
  • Landini’s Pizzeria
  • Extraordinary Desserts — not ethnic but it isn’t called extraordinary for nothing.
  • Café Zucchero
  • Café Italia
  • Pappalecco

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Filippis’ Photo Courtesy of Flickr

History

Life in little Italy, zip code 92101, is warm, friendly and interesting—like the people. At one time, more than 6,000 Italian families lived in Little Italy and toiled to build San Diego into the center of the world’s tuna industry.

With the decline of the tuna industry on the West Coast and the destruction of 35% of Little Italy due to the construction of Interstate-5 freeway. Little Italy suffered nearly thirty years of decline.

A good place to live

Today, Little Italy is home to a wide array of people—young families and professionals, artists, businessmen, and descendents of those rugged Italians who moved to San Diego from San Francisco in 1906. Incidentally that big migration took place after the big earthquake.

Annual events include Mardi Gras, Artwalk, and a huge bicycle riding event called the Gran Fondo Colnago.

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One Mile Walk and Other Fun Things to Do

Info on the One Mile Walk is to the right. In May and November local merchants host the Taste of Little Italy. In summer vendors host The Sicilian Festival, which includes plenty of Sicilian Cuisine. And there is a Christmas Village and Tree Lighting in December.

Housing 

If you are thinking about little Italy for your next home, you will find plenty of fun and excitement for the entire family. Condos start at $200K and a wide variety of options go up from that price point. The cool thing about Little Italy is that nobody is priced out.

Another feature of Little Italy is the San Diego Trolley Line and buses. It is an easy place to navigate.

The buildings

According to zoning, there is a limit to the number of floors a building can have. So people who live in highrises bordering on Little Italy won’t lose their views in the coming years. Best of all, it is a short walk to the Harbor.

Little Italy has its own website. 

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