FOOD & CHEFS

Cocktails under the stars in the wild, wild West – San Diego’s premier restaurants Bencotto, Buon Appetito, and Davanti (to name just a few) will recreate their signature dishes appetizers and hors d’oeuvres to whet your appetite for a real Western-style BBQ 

RESTAURANTS

Pappalecco

Specializing in bringing the freshness, quality and the simplicity of Tuscan influence to the table. Pappalecco’s signature panini, pizza, gelato, and salads are mad fresh daily. Stop in for a delectable caffé or sumptuous glass of vino. Your Tuscan home—Pappalecco! Five locations to serve you: Little Italy, San Diego, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Del Mar, Hillcrest, and Kensington.

Buon Appetito

1609 India St., San Diego (Little Italy)

The coziness of a San Francisco vibe with the rustic charm of Old World Italy. Ready to eat? Buon Appetito’s dishes always use the freshest ingredients, and everything is made in-house for a truly original experience. Inside and outdoor dining available.

Isola Pizza Bar

1526 India St., San Diego (Little Italy)

Isola bases its menu on recipes crafted by chef-owner Massimo Tenino’s grandmother, and stars wood-fired pies piled with panache rather than pepperoni. Isola tops pizzas with items like shellfish, fresh herbs and the fab smoked prosciutto called “speck.” A tiny, breeze-cooled garden with tables hides in back.

Bencotto Italian Kitchen

750 W. Fir St., San Diego (Little Italy)

2015 San Diego Magazine Critic’s Pick: Best Italian “The papardelle tastes like it was made with love.” Authentic Northern Italian cuisine. All menu items are handmade. From ensalada (salad) to inzuppati (soup) to fresh handmade pasta dishes topped with the freshest ingredients, Bencotto pleases the taste buds of locals and visitors, alike.

Monello

750 W. Fir St., San Diego (Little Italy)

Monello, Bencotto’s brother, displays up to 27 different recipes of pasta. Mediterranean style seafood is served along with gourmet pizza. Unique Italian-style brunch is served on weekends. Voted Best Happy Hour 2016, Monello’s Milanese Aperitivo offers small plates on the house with drinks every night.

Kebab Shop

303 W. Beech St., San Diego (Little Italy)

The Kebab Shop offers a delicious array of slowly cooked rotisserie meats and made-to-order grilled meats, seafood, and veggies. Menu includes freshly prepared Mediterranean inspired salads and Crispy Falafel, Golden Fries and Saffron Rice. (Other locations: East Village, Mission Valley, Mira Mesa, Rancho Bernardo and Encinitas.)

Tarantino’s Gourmet Sausages

The Tarantino Family has been making the finest sausages in the industry for five decades. Honoring the family tradition, their sausages are made fresh daily. Explore the website and discover delicious recipes. Tarantino’s meats are available at: CostCo, Whole Foods Markets, Albertson’s, Grocery Outlet, and Military Commissaries.

Mona Lisa Italian Foods

2061 India Street, San Diego (Little Italy)

Since 1956 Mona Lisa has been San Diego’s primo Italian Deli and restaurant. Mona Lisa is an institution for Italian food and culture in the Little Italy area. Whether shopping in the authentic Italian deli or dining in the family Italian restaurant, you are treated like family.

Caffe Italia

1704 India St., San Diego (Little Italy)

In the heart of Little Italy, Caffe Italia is located in the La Pensione Hotel. It offers a full Espresso bar, serving the perfect blends of robust coffee, cappuccino and espresso. Caffe Italia was awarded Best Coffee by City Search, The Best Sunday Brunch-Waffle Bar (twice) by The San Diego Reader, and Best Place for a Sugar Fix by Metropolitan Magazine.

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