Peter Dennehy (Senior V.P. at Meyers Research, a Kennedy Wilson Company) spoke to us about some of his favorite Italian food joints in San Diego. Not surprisingly, they can all be found in Little Italy! Check out Mr. Dennehy’s recommendations for the most authentic, cool Italian food around.
The Little Italy area on the north end of Downtown offers a number of restaurants in a neighborhood setting overlooking San Diego Harbor.
Every Saturday, the Little Italy area is transformed by the Little Italy Mercato, a weekly outdoor market at India & Date Streets from 8:00 to 2:00 with over 100 vendors selling everything from produce to prepared food, flowers, bread and sweets. Come stroll the market, see what is in season and stop at one of the area restaurants for coffee, brunch or lunch.
A favorite place to have breakfast is Influx Café (750 West Fir Street, 619-255-0735) which is located at the ground floor of an award-winning Q Building mixed-use residential/commercial project designed by San Diego architect, Jonathan Segal. Influx has excellent coffee drinks and pastries and is a great place to sit and watch the neighborhood wake up.
Right next to Influx Café in the same building is Bencotto Italian Kitchen (619.450.4786) and Monello (619.501.0030), two of the best Italian restaurants in San Diego. Excellent pastas and pizza in a hip setting (Monello is smaller and more casual). Both restaurants offer a variety of easy-to-share items. Monello serves Italian “street food” for lunch, casual dinner or brunch on weekends. At Monello, be sure to try the freshly shaved raspa dura cow’s milk cheese.
Another excellent choice in the Little Italy area is Prepkitchen (1660 India Street, 619.398.8383). This neighborhood spot serves lunch and dinner daily, as well as brunch on weekends and focuses on farm-fresh ingredients. Cool scene and decor, full-service bar, this is an excellent choice for happy hour or weekend brunch.
A big thank you to to Mr. Dennehy for his recommendations!