We know that FESTA! was a beloved event, and we are incredibly proud of what it became over the last 22 years. However, we needed to ensure that our community could put on a sustainable event that would allow us to raise funds to maintain and preserve our neighborhood and Italian heritage for generations to come.  We know that many of you will have questions, so please feel free to read through our Solo Italiano FAQ!

Why is FESTA! gone?

FESTA! was a memorable event for a lot of us, and we loved it as well! Over time, FESTA! began to exceed the capacity of our neighborhood. That’s when we realized it was time to create an event that would not only offer a true authentic Italian experience, but one that would also help sustain the Little Italy community and its efforts to enhance and preserve the neighborhood.

Why was there not an event in 2017?

A brand new event takes a lot of planning! We wanted to make sure we gave ourselves enough time to make sure this new event is spectacular and exceeds the expectations of residents and visitors! Also, by waiting until 2018 to launch Solo Italiano, we will be able to host the event in the new Piazza della Famiglia.

What is Solo Italiano’s Dinner in Rosso?

Solo Italiano, meaning “only Italian,” was originally created to offer guests a truly authentic Italian experience in San Diego’s Little Italy. In October 2018, the Association will launch Solo Italiano’s Dinner in Rosso, an intimate Tuscan-inspired dinner that invites guests to get dressed up in red and enjoy a curated family-style feast on Tuscan farm tables. Throughout the whole evening, attendees will be served amazing Italian bites—from appetizers to desserts and drinks, all while enjoying live entertainment, Italian art, specialty vendors and more.

The Association’s goal is to launch a Solo Italiano festival in 2019 that complements Dinner in Rosso—making Solo Italiano a two-day weekend long event. Attendees at this year’s Dinner in Rosso will get a glimpse into what the luxurious Italian festival would feature by experiencing the streets of Little Italy transform into a luxurious galleria featuring the best of Italian products and artisans, an exotic car show and an Italian fashion show, all before the dinner starts.

What do I get with my Dinner in Rosso ticket?

You’re getting a curated Italian experience that will make you feel like you’ve escaped to Tuscany for the evening through live music, continuous Italian food and drinks, an Italian fashion show, specialty vendors, an exotic car show, Italian pageantry, Gesso Italiano (chalk art), interactive experiences, and more!

Does my ticket benefit the Little Italy Association?

Great question! Proceeds will benefit the Little Italy Association of San Diego 501 (c)(3) Public Benefit Corporation, so that we can continue to enhance the neighborhood with seasonal displays, potted and hanging planters on each street corner, a festive quarterly banner program, seasonal twinkle lights that hang around the ‘hood, our holiday décor (like our 25’ poinsettia tree!), our maintenance team who keeps our public spaces safe and clean, the development of new piazzas, and overall efforts to preserve Italian history and culture throughout the whole neighborhood!

Are bambinos allowed?

Dinner in Rosso is for those 21 and over.

Are pets allowed?

Unfortunately, no! Trust us, we love our four-legged friends, but for this event you’ll have to leave them at home!

Will there still be Gesso Italiano (Italian chalk)?

Yes! Attendees will discover Gesso Italiano art at the event.