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San Diego Neighborhood Guide: Little Italy

The epicenter of all things cool and culinary in San Diego continues to reinvent itself. Here's where to dine, shop, and sip now in Little Italy.


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Herb & Wood

Little Italy This Month

Little Italy Mercato, Date Street between Kettner Boulevard and State Street, Wednesdays and Fridays

Chef-Driven Bake Sale, Herb & Eatery, March 31

Herb & Wood

Chef-owner Brian Malarkey has Animae (downtown) and Herb & Sea (Encinitas) due this year, but the concept that reenergized the Malarkey name continues to impress in Little Italy. Beyond wood-fired dishes and off-menu Parker rolls for dinner, don’t miss brunch, where the huckleberry-topped Dutch baby soufflé shines.herbandwood

 

Little Italy Food Hall

Choose from paper-thin pizza, thick lobster rolls, Asian street eats, and more at this marketplace of local vendors. On March 20 you can watch a demo on how to cook a live lobster by Sam the Cooking Guy (the brains behind the hall’s Not Not Tacos) and the Wicked Maine Lobster team. littleitalyfoodhall

Little Italy Food Hall

 

Mikkeller Brewing

After success in Miramar, the Danish beer brand brought their hazy IPAs and fruit-forward beers along with their bright, funky cartoon art to a Little Italy taproom last year. Try the Raspberry Blush for a tart brew that goes down easy. mikkellersd

Mikkeller Brewing

 

Love & Aesthetics

Step inside this quirky shop for unqiue gifts, like brass raptor-talon candle holders and gin decanters shaped like rockets. loveandaesthetics

 

Born & Raised

Dine on dry-aged steak, omelets cooked tableside, and classic cocktails at this splashy steakhouse by CH Projects (Ironside, Craft & Commerce), where waiters don tuxedos and Converse and portraits of gangster rappers hang on the walls. Next up, CH is opening the brunch-focused Morning Glory in Little Italy. bornandraisedstk

Born & Raised | Photo by Sam Wells

 

Nolita Hall

The Euro-inspired beer emporium is anchored at the bar, where an old-fashioned train departures board lists the taps (there’s wine and cocktails, too). The menu has veggie starters with fried sage and other gourmet toppings, plus wood-fired pizzas. nolitahall

Nolita Hall

 

Carruth Wine Garden

Away from the bustle of Kettner Boulevard is this oasis of a winery with patio space dressed in string lights, brick facades, and trees aplenty. During their weekday happy hour, glasses are $3 off and bottles are $5 off. carruthcellars

Carruth Wine Garden
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