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Aug 27, 2011 12:50 PM

Visiting LA Chowhound Little Italy

Any good eats in Little Italy? A few weeks ago we visited San Diego for first time in ten years.
Got lucky on recs from this board and went to Hobsons and the Grant Grill and El Pescador
in La Jolla. Would definateley return to all three.
The gaslight district seems to have some interesting wine bars? Any good Italian in the Gaslight?

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  1. Generally going from North to South, these can all fit the bill depending on what you're looking for:

    El Camino (Mexican/Bar)
    Bottlecraft (Beer, no food)
    Mona Lisa (Take out sandwiches)
    Waterfront (Burgers/Bar)
    Influx (Cafe)
    Bencotto (Italian)
    Various Farmers market stands on Saturday mornings
    Craft & Commerce (America/Comfort/Cocktails/Bar)

    It's a couple miles north on India (the main street through Little Italy), but if you liked El Pescador you may want to try Blue Water Seafood. And, if you're headed that way, you can check out Starlite (dinner/cocktails), Regal Beagle (beer/sausages) and Saffron (informal Thai), all on India.

    3175 India Street, San Diego, CA 92103

    Blue Water Seafood
    3667 India St, San Diego, CA 92103

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    1. re: TXGSD

      Bottlecraft has a tasting room and a BYOFood policy. Stop by Mona Lisa (deli, not restaurant), pick up a couple of sammies,and hit Bottlecraft to sample some local brews and eat your food. Bottlecraft doesn't charge a corkage before 6 pm and has good pricing (ex. Green Flash Imperial IPA = $5 for a 22 oz.). If you are in on a Saturday, hit the LIttle Italy Farmer's Market, and try the BC/Mona Lisa combo for lunch.

      Green Flash
      701 Thomas Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

    2. The Gaslamp has BICE - San Diego with a real nice salumi bar & Aqua Al 2.

      Also in Little Italy is an interesting Argentine steakhouse, Puerto La Boca. Newly opened is Davanti Enoteca.

      Up from the Gaslamp is Bankers Hill with Cucina Urbana and a but further on is Ristorante Arrivederci in Hillcrest.

      The Waterfront and Princess Pub are worth visiting in Little Italy for drinking and socializing.

      BICE - San Diego
      425 Island Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

      1. On India Street, just a bit up from "Little Italy" is Wine Vault and Bistro. IMHO one of the best values of terrific food with wine pairings. Call a week ahead for reservations.