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The Top 7 Things To Do and See in Little Italy, San Diego, CA
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The Top 7 Things To Do and See in Little Italy, San Diego, CA

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Updated: 9 February 2017
California is a large state known for many wonderful things like the Hollywood entertainment industry, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Golden Gate Bridge, and many more. California is a great vacation spot because it has so many exciting things to do and see, things many of us have yet to hear of. However, that doesn’t stop them from being amazing attractions. These restaurants, museums, parks, and more definitely belong on your to-do list.
Little Italy, San Diego | © Joe Wolf/Flickr
Little Italy, San Diego | © Joe Wolf/Flickr
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Waterfront Bar and Grill

Local American eatery and pub

Waterfront Bar and Grill is a fun place to go every day of the week for their great food and drinks. While there’s happy hour daily, the fun begins on Tuesdays where chicken and fish tacos are only $2 stop by at 4 p.m. and buy them until they’re gone. Wednesdays are just as great because they are slider night where savory sliders are just $2. Stop by and enjoy a hump day you’ll never forget. The fun continues throughout the week with live DJ’s every Thursday the last Friday of the month, and first and third Saturdays of the month.

Price: Budget

Opening hours: 6 am-2 am

Watch out for: the complimentary appetizer tray

Address & telephone number: Waterfront Bar & Grill, 2044 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA, USA, +1 619 232-9656

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Firefighters Museum

Downtown historic site

The Firefighters Museum is a family friendly place to visit. Adults, children, and seniors can view firefighting memorabilia dating back 100 years. They can see everything from fire boots to an early firefighting apparatus on display. The museum was founded in 1962 and occupies the former home of San Diego fire station number 6. Well known pieces are La Jolla’s first engine, a horse drawn steamer, and piece of steel from the World Trade Center. The museum is also available to rent for any private party and is equipped with a full functioning kitchen, tables and chairs.

Opening hour: T-F 10 am- 2 pm, S-S 10 am- 4 pm

Watch out for: the gift shop selling firefighting apparel

Address & telephone number: Firefighters Museum, 1572 Columbia St, San Diego, CA, USA, +1 619 232-3473

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Taste of Little Italy

Local culinary hub

Each year, Taste of Little Italy is in full effect. The neighborhood’s one-of-a-kind restaurants open their doors and allow food lovers to enjoy each restaurant’s most desirable dishes including appetizers, entrees, desserts, and drinks. If you’re planning to attend this event, you’ll need a passport to find your way to different restaurants, who will check off your taste as you go. Taste Passports list participating restaurants and each location’s specific food offering. Traveling from restaurant to restaurant is an easy walk. Each year, about 30 restaurants participate. During Taste of Italy, visitors walk along flower and tree-lined sidewalks and enjoy live music.

Opening hour: 5 pm-9 pm

Watch out for: the different venues of entertainment

Address & telephone number: Taste of Little Italy, Corner of India and W. Date Street, San Diego, CA, USA, +1 619 233-3898

Little Italy sign | Courtesy of Courtney Rose
Little Italy sign | Courtesy of Courtney Rose
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Davanti Enoteca

Delicious Italian Restaurant

You get the best of both worlds with Davanti Enoteca, tasty food and a beautiful decor with a lively atmosphere they offer a unique menu with one-of-a-kind meals like their ricotta and honeycomb. The food and atmosphere make it a great place to take the whole family, or maybe that special someone. If the weather is right ask to sit in the patio. They also have a unique dessert menu with cakes brownies and tarts like you’ve never tasted before. This hot-spot is known for its large patio, happy hour, and Italian food so stop by and enjoy it all.

Price: Mid-range

Opening hour: M-T 11 am- 9 pm, W-S 11 am- 10 pm, S 10 am-9 pm

Watch out for: the truffle egg toast with fontina and asparagus appetizers

Address & telephone number: Davanti Enoteca, 1655 India St, San Diego, CA, USA, +1 619 237- 9606

Pork belly porchetta with artichoke mostarda, Davanti Enoteca | © opacity/Flickr
Pork belly porchetta with artichoke mostarda, Davanti Enoteca | © opacity/Flickr
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Piazza Basilone

Gathering place for locals

Piazza Basilone is not just a beautiful and peaceful Plaza, but a permanent public place honoring the heroism of GySgt John Basilone and ‘the boys that never came home’ from all the wars of the 20th century. Piazza Basilone features a statue, fountain, and several areas to sit. This place is great for its versatility. You can take a stroll through the plaza alone or with friends and family you can sit and people-watch or read a book while enjoying a cool beverage. You can also simply stop by to pay your respects to the fallen heroes.

Watch out for: the benches and names of the locals who paid for a brick

Address & telephone number: Piazza Basilone, W Fir St, San Diego, CA, USA, +1 619 123-4567

People enjoying Piazza Basilone | Courtesy of Courtney Rose
People enjoying Piazza Basilone | Courtesy of Courtney Rose
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Our Lady of the Rosary Church

Historic Catholic Church

Considered the ‘Jewel of Little Italy’, Our Lady of the Rosary Church was consecrated in 1925 it was built mainly by a fisherman who emigrated from Genoa, Italy as well as Portuguese immigrants. You can see their influence throughout the church especially by the two statues at the front, of Christopher Columbus and st. Peter, a fisherman. The inside of the church holds beautiful paintings and murals, as well as mesmerizing stained glass windows. The church is small but that doesn’t stop it from being recognized as an architectural gem.

Watch out for: the paintings depicting the Apostles and Evangelists

Address & telephone number: Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 1629 Columbia St., San Diego, CA, USA, +1 619 234- 4820

Our Lady of the Rosary | ©‎ Peyri Herrera/Flickr
Our Lady of the Rosary | ©‎ Peyri Herrera/Flickr
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Farmer’s Market

Home to California-grown produce

The Farmer’s Market is the best place to be on a nice Saturday. There’s plenty of visitors, vendors, and food. Stop by and stroll from booth to booth sampling fresh items like organic fruits and vegetables from over 150 local vendors. While the samples are free, if you enjoyed what you tasted, the items are available for you to buy. There are also plants to view and buy. The Farmer’s Market booms with live music. There’s never a dull moment here, and rain or shine, the artisans will take care of you.

Price: Budget

Opening hours: every Saturday 8 am-2 pm

Watch out for: the beautiful orchids

Address & telephone number: Farmer’s Market, 519 W Cedar At., San Diego, CA, USA, +1 619 233-3901

Fruits and vegetables | Courtesy of San Diego Markets
Fruits and vegetables | Courtesy of San Diego Markets