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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.


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

    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

    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

    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

    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

  • 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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