Indulge yourself in San Diego’s best dining, views and treats in Little Italy! With 48-square blocks, San Diego’s Little Italy is the largest in the U.S., Che Fico! As one of the top community hubs in the area, Little Italy prides itself on creating a neighborhood that is walkable and creates an enjoyable experience for people to stop, sit and enjoy all of what the area has to offer! From residential spaces to historic piazzas, this picturesque neighborhood has many public spaces for the community to explore!
Known as the heart of Little Italy, the Pizza della Famiglia captures the beautiful scenery of San Diego through its unique European-style piazza. Located on W. Date Street, the area symbolizes the past, present and future of the residents in the Little Italy neighborhood. Visitors can enjoy the best of San Diego weather by walking the cobblestone streets and enjoying the outstanding dining experiences. Piazza della Famiglia also hosts the famous farmers’ market called Little Italy Mercato, where the fresh flavors of local San Diego are found!
An afternoon stroll can lead to the historic Piazza Basilone and Piazza Pescatore. These two piazzas are perfect examples of Little Italy’s historic community. The Piazza Basilone is a special space that honors the “Boys Who Never Came Home” and GySgt John Basilone due to the wars in the 20th century. Additionally, the piazza is used to honor veterans, families and special events. The Piazza Pescatore also immortalizes history through its bronze statues and tiled mosaic memorializing the tuna industry that brought national recognition to the neighborhood in the 1970s and 1980s.
Be sure to make a splash at Waterfront Park, located along the harbor. This family-friendly hotspot has expansive, grassy areas for picnics, interactive fountains, playgrounds and more! Enjoy ongoing festivals, farmers markets and private special events at Waterfront Park.
Heard of Amici Park? From dog-lovers to movie-goers, this space is everything! Little Italy is home to over 2,000 furry friends and the Little Italy Dog Park is the perfect, safe and enclosed space for all pets to socialize. Relax at Amici Park amphitheater during the afternoon or at night as well. On Saturday nights, there are weekly screenings of Italian movies. Fantastico! Amici Park is also great for rental opportunities for corporate event gatherings and for playing pick-up bocce ball at the park’s available courts. If you are interested in learning more about the Amici House, be sure to check out this historic home which is the essence of Little Italy. It now preserves the community and the public is encouraged to stop in and visit.
Little Italy is the perfect place for brunching, lunching and relaxing. Bring your camera and snap a pic by the historic Little Italy Landmark Sign. Some notable events under the sign include the 2006 XX Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony Celebration and 2006 FIFA World Cup Celebration. Experience the true San Diego here!
As the cool months of fall set in, it is the best time to visit the charming neighborhood of Little Italy. Visitors will be able to delight in exceptional weather, enjoy a taste of true Italian cuisine at an array of exceptional restaurants and take in the rich history of this one-of-a-kind hotspot. For more on the best things to do and see in Little Italy, please visit Instagram @littleitalysd, Facebook @littleitalysd and Twitter @littleitalysd.