FOOD AND DRINK IN LITTLE ITALY

If there's one thing Italians are known for, it's their food and the Little Italy neighborhood in San Diego is no different. This 48-square-block community is the largest of its kind in the United States and is home to dozens of restaurants, taverns, and cafes of various cultures and styles. 

Classic Italian Cuisine 

The first highlight is the bread and oil of Little Italy, classic Italian cuisine. Whether you're in the mood for pasta carbonara, a tasty treat in tiramisu and cannoli, and a glass of robust red wine to wash your meal down, you'll want to choose from one of the area's classic Italian restaurants. Buon Appetito and Barbusa are just two options you'll have on your visit. If you are looking for something different, you’ll quickly find that the Little Italy neighborhood is home to restaurants of various cultures. 

Famous Farmer’s Market 

Little Italy is home to the largest farmer’s market in the entire city of San Diego. Twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, the Little Italy Mercato takes over six full city blocks. Consisting of all local California vendors that sell everything from eggs and produce to raw honey. The Mercato also gives an opportunity to find one of the things San Diego is known for, fresh seafood. No matter what you might be in the market for, Little Italy provides a great option to find fresh ingredients to make some great home-cooked meals.

Historic Taverns

Good food is important, but just as important is a good place to drink. Little Italy is home to many bars, breweries, and taverns where you can have a great time with your friends on a Friday night. The Waterfront Bar and Grille is the oldest tavern in Little Italy and a great option for any night of the week. There are many places in the area, like The Music Box, to enjoy your evening, where you can experience great entertainment while you enjoy your drinks. 

Morning Espresso 

The final highlight is one of the drinks Italy is famous for, coffee. Little Italy has many cafes and coffee shops to choose from to get yourself an espresso, cappuccino, or even an affogato. For your morning coffee, Caffe Italia or Caffe Caritazza will not disappoint. These cafes usually serve bakery items, sandwiches, and gelato and may become a favorite breakfast or brunch spot.

Little Italy is one of the great cultural hubs of San Diego, and you will be able to find an eatery to serve whatever your stomach craves. 

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