Little Italy Pizza Hotspots – San Diego in Focus
Little Italy in Downtown San Diego is a true food-lovers paradise. While still a relative newcomer to the San Diego food scene, Little Italy has a growing reputation as a dining destination. Wondering where to get good eats in this charming neighborhood? Read on to find recently open restaurants and what will be coming soon.
Named after the owner Massimo Tenino’s nonna, Isola Pizza Bar is serving up tasty, authentic, Naples-inspired pies. Isola prides itself on using only the finest local ingredients for each of its 15 variations of pizza as well as its Italian appetizers and home-made desserts. The pizzas are baked to perfection in an 800 degree oak wood-burning oven. While the pies are traditional, the setting is anything but and features an open kitchen bar in the 2,500 square foot chic, urban space.
This unique pizzeria is helping to revive pizza al taglio, or “pizza by the cut”. With their signature, slow-evolving dough they’re delighting diners with crusts that are light and fluffy. The large rectangular pieces are reminiscent of high-quality Italian street food, with organic and sustainable toppings that will blow your mind including steamed wild Alaskan salmon, marinated shallots, white truffle oil and vegan daiya cheese. The restaurant also features an organic salad bar crafted by Napizza’s own in-house nutritionist.
With an opening planned for August 2012, you won’t have to wait long to sample the delightful wines created at this 3,000 square foot wine making facility and tasting lounge. They’ll feature locally produced wines including the 2008 Syrah, 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2009 Viognier. Wines will be available for tasting or for purchase by the bottle. SD Cellars will also offer live entertainment to enjoy while quaffing your favorite vintage. They’ll be producing about 2,000 cases of wine a year, so don’t worry – there will be plenty to go around.
The “naughty little brother” to next door’s Bencotto, Monello is set to open sometime this fall. Owner Guido Nistri has snapped up a chef from Milan, so expect some authentic Milanese creations from this feisty brother.
The cafe at the corner of India and Cedar is going by the wayside and being replaced by a pizzeria. This offering is from the same team that brought you Buon Appetito and Sogno Di Vino, so expect great things!
Rumor has it that the owner of this building, architect Ted Smith, is planning to turn the location into a new restaurant. But mum’s the word on whether it will be a project of his own, or if the space is to be leased out. Stay tuned!