Looking to uncover all that Little Italy has to offer? Get to know this San Diego neighborhood by browsing its most popular local businesses, from a dessert shop to an Italian restaurant.
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top places to visit in Little Italy, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of neighborhood businesses. Read on for the results.
1. Extraordinary Desserts
Topping the list is bakery, patisserie and cake shop Extraordinary Desserts. Located at 1430 Union St., it's the most popular business in the neighborhood, boasting four stars out of 7,098 reviews on Yelp. The Little Italy location, which opened in 2004, is one of two locations for the bakery. The menu offers desserts, coffee, tea and savory dishes.
Next up is cafe and Italian spot Pappalecco, serving gelato and more, situated at 1602 State St. With 4.5 stars out of 2,370 reviews on Yelp, it's proven to be a local favorite. The Tuscan-influenced menu offers gelato, panini, pizza, salads, coffee and tea. View the full menu here.
3. Ballast Point
Brewery and New American spot Ballast Point is another top choice. Yelpers give the business, located at 2215 India St., 4.5 stars out of 1,727 reviews. The San Diego- based brewery, which opened in 1992, has locations in California, Virginia and Illinois. It has over 50 beers on tap. See what's on top here.
4. Civico 1845
Civico 1845, an Italian spot, is another much-loved neighborhood go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 1,597 Yelp reviews. Head over to 1845 India St. to see for yourself. Founded by brothers Dario and Pietro Gallo and restaurateur Flavio Piromallo, the menu features modern twists on classic Italian dishes, as well as gluten-free and vegan options. View the full menu here.
Check out Barbusa, which has earned 4.5 stars out of 1,559 reviews on Yelp. You can find the Sicilian spot, which offers seafood and pizza, at 1917 India St. Part of the Busalacchi family of restaurants, Barbusa opened in 2016 in the family's former steakhouse Po Pazzo Bar and Grille. The menu offers Sicilian cuisine, including handmade pasta, pizza and a crudo bar. View the full menu here.