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

Kansas City Barbeque

600 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

The food is always smokin’ at Kansas City Barbeque, an easygoing hangout serving hearty helpings of Barbeque and beer in downtown San Diego. Home to the 1986 hit movie “Top Gun”, this San Diego Landmark celebrates 43 years! Most patrons enjoy sitting outside on the expansive patio, taking in amazing views, and demolishing racks of ribs.

Phil’s BBQ

San Diego, CA

Since 1998, BBQ lovers across San Diego County have turned to restaurateur Phil Pace to satisfy a singular craving: mesquite grilled baby back and beef ribs, chicken and sandwiches. Serving thousands of customers a day from a diverse clientele of skateboarders to Bentleys, Phil has built his foundation on consistency, quality, freshness and friendly service.

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.

San Diego Fishermens Working Group

SFFWG represents San Diego fishermen who are continuing the rich tradition of their Asian, Italian, and Portuguese predecessors, so integral to San Diego history. It protects local fishing interests and opportunities, in ways that strengthen community and sustain natural marine resources. A new development: the San Diego Caught Seafood mark, helping San Diegans better identify and choose local seafood. 

  

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.

The 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.

Ristorante Illando

1825 India St, San Diego, CA 92101

If you love Landini’s Pizzeria, you’ll love our new restaurant, Ristorante Illando, located just above it in San Diego’s historic Little Italy. An ode to our Florentine roots, enjoy the simple, bold flavors that define this iconic region of Italy.  Come upstairs and experience the warmth and rustic charm of Tuscany.

Civico 1845

1845 India St. San Diego, CA 92101

Like mama used to make, with modern flair. Our menu focuses on locally grown and seasonal ingredients. We believe in doing things the old-fashioned way, whether that means making our pastas and breads from scratch, or cooking tomatoes for three hours to get the flavor just right. Our modern spin on Italian classics also features a number of vegan and gluten-free dishes.

Epic Wings N’ Things

San Diego, CA

At Epic Wings, our family believes in delivering not only natural and fresh food and ingredients; we believe in providing an experience and connection for your local community. Our goal is simple, really. Epic Wings wants to continue to be Your Wing Spot, for now and for the future.

 

Bar One – Little Italy

1532 India St. San Diego, CA 92101

BAR•ONE is Little Italy’s first Gastropub. 

With a huge selection of craft beers, seasonal cocktails and a menu cultivated by award-winning chef Nick Nappi. If you’re looking for a place to catch a game or have a laugh come on down. it’s where old world charm meets modernism.

 

Waypoint Public

Waypoint Public North Park, 3794 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104 – 619.255.8778

Waypoint Public is a California-inspired, family-friendly gastropub serving delicious food and local craft beers in a friendly and casual atmosphere.  At Waypoint Public we always aim to provide all guests with genuine hospitality and an exceptional experience.  The culinary program is led by award-winning, Top Chef alumni Chef Rich Sweeney.  Our attention to providing high-quality delicious food, a thoughtfully-curated beer menu, first-class wines and exceptional craft cocktails is the reason Waypoint Public has been named by San Diego Magazine critics (2014, 2016) and readers (2017) as the “Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant” in town.  

 

Double Standard Kitchenetta

695 Sixth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Opening the doors in 2015 in the heart of the Gaslamp district in San Diego, Double Standard continues to showcase a menu influenced by regional traditions throughout Southern California and inspired by Italian flavors. 

The menu changes weekly to showcase the season’s freshest ingredients sourced from local farms and fisherman.

 

Queenstown Public House

1577 Columbia St. San Diego, CA 92101

Whimsical New Zealand- themed pub serving upscale bar fare & a large selection of draft beers. 

 

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