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Neighborhood Guide: Little Italy

Business continues to boom in this not-so-little ‘hood, with new restaurants (many of which are non-Italian), craft beer and cocktail bars, midcentury design, and artsy shops—so much so that we couldn’t fit them all on this page.


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India Street in Little Italy
India Street | Photo by Sam Wells

  • 1. COMING SOON:
    Juniper & Ivy

    Atlanta’s Richard Blais (Top Chef) is joining the San Diego scene with locally inspired food in a warehouse-like space. We’re looking forward to this one! 2228 Kettner Boulevard

  • 2. COMING SOON:
    Ironside Oyster

    Slated to land this winter, Consortium Holdings’ new seafood spot will be in good company with brethren Craft & Commerce and UnderBelly nearby. 1654 India Street

  • 3. COMING SOON:
    Kettner Exchange & Donut Joint

    Boutique donut madness has hit! Feast, imbibe, and go crazy for donuts, preferably on the second-story open-air patio. 2201 Kettner Boulevard

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  • 4. COMING SOON:
    Ballast Point Tasting Room & Kitchen

    The award-winning local brewery’s huge new space features a restaurant and beer garden. 2215 India Street

  • 5. NEW:
    Queenstown Public House

    Set in a gorgeous, 1906 Victorian house, brunch, lunch, and dinner marry New Zealand influence with American comfort food. 1557 Columbia Street

  • 6. Monello & Bencotto
    Sleek Milanese siblings Monello and Bencotto share a building, where chef Fabrizio Cavellini creates handmade pasta, pizza, and bites. 750 West Fir Street

  • This Month in Little Italy

    • Saturdays from 8
      a.m. to 2 p.m.:

      Little Italy Mercato

    • November 30:
      Small Business Saturday
      (Keep it local in San Diego!)

    • December 7:
      Little Italy Tree Lighting
      and Christmas Village

  • 7. Klassik
    Tend Living, JXL, and Jetter Green recently joined these midcentury furniture experts to collaborate on The Platform, Klassik’s new section featuring plants, art, and accessories. 989 West Kalmia Street

  • 8. VI | STAR
    Pronounced “Six Star,” this retailer’s collaborative delights with new and vintage décor and furnishings, handcrafted stationery, and accessories for kids and pets. 2355 India Street

  • 9. Bottlecraft
    Whether you’re picking up a rare beer for the house or enjoying drafts on-site, a visit here always feels like a special occasion. 2161 India Street

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  • 10. PrepKitchen
    Whisknladle’s sibling serves up rich small plates and entrees, delicious seasonal cocktails, fantastic late-night happy hours, and stunning design and street views. 1660 India Street

  • 11. Shino Sushi & Kappo
    Across the tracks on Ash, expect elegant-yet-creative sushi and Japanese food, with owners and staff hailing from Sushi Ota and Hane Sushi. 838 West Ash Street

  • 12. Hyde Edwards Salon & Spa
    Relax in a full-service salon and spa that goes beyond hair and makeup, also offering facials, nails, waxing, and more. 2308 Kettner Boulevard

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