A little bit of Italy, in San Diego

Little Italy Sign in San Diego

For this month's Local feature, Calbiotech presents Little Italy - a charming neighborhood in Downtown San Diego, California - where you will find great food, great wine and great people!

Little Italy is a somewhat hilly neighborhood in Downtown San Diego, California that was originally a predominately Italian fishing neighborhood. It has since been gentrified and now Little Italy is a scenic neighborhood composed mostly of Italian restaurants, Italian retail shops, home design stores, art galleries, and residential units. The area also has decoration stores, art galleries and a street fair with art, food and live music. Little Italy is one of the more active downtown neighborhoods and has frequent festivals and events including a weekly farmers market, also known as the Mercato (the Market, in Italian). 

The main street, India Street, features public art and plazas, street trees, galleries and antique stores, and numerous restaurants with outside eating areas. Most of the events center on and around India street, usually bordered by Grape street to north and Beech Street or Ash Street to the south. Every Saturday, 9:00am – 1:30pm, on Date Street; Little Italy hosts the Little Italy Mercato. This Italian farmers' market features freshly caught fish, vegetables and fruit from local farmers, pastries from local bakeries, flowers and plants from local farms, and art from local artists.

Below are some Calbiotech staff favorite Little Italy restaurants:

Bencotto Italian Kitchen: http://www.lovebencotto.com/

Po Pazzo Bar & Grill: http://www.popazzo.com/

Davanti Enoteca: http://www.davantienoteca.com/

Kettner Exchange: http://www.kettnerexchange.com/

Craft & Commerce: http://www.craft-commerce.com/

To learn more about the Little Italy Neighborhood of San Diego, please check out Little Italy Associoation of San Diego's offical website: http://www.littleitalysd.com/