A founding family behind San Diego's Little Italy neighborhood, the Busalacchis have opened Lala Italian gastropub next door to sister restaurant Barbusa. A Sicilian immigrant who moved to San Diego as a young boy, Joe Busalacchi took a leap of faith on Little Italy's then-desolate India Street in 1984 when he opened Trattoria Fantastica. Now, 40 y...

When: Starts on Friday, March 22 · 6:30pm PDT - Where: House of Pacific Relations - Hall of Nations, 2191 Pan American West Road San Diego, CA 92101 United States Through the works of 18th-century playwright Carlo Goldoni, and 19th-century composer Giuseppe Verdi, Professor Franca Barricelli will explore how the "Myth of Venice" -- the facts and fi...

There is no question in my mind that Cesarina is one of the best five restaurants in the Ocean Beach/Point Loma area. I have never had a bad meal there; the service has been excellent; and the only difficulty I have had is in getting a reservation when I wanted one. Several months ago, the Cesarina group announced they were opening a second restaur...

The local restaurateur behind Rusticucina, a popular farm-to-neighborhood Sicilian-inspired eatery in Hillcrest, is now paying homage to the city of Rome in San Diego’s Little Italy. The new establishment — called Roman Wolves — is more than a bar and restaurant, according to its creator, Nino Cusimano. “We’ve created our own take on Rome’s legacy...

A new Italian restaurant is putting the finishing touches on its prime corner of Little Italy with the goal of opening next month. Roman Wolves is landing at the junction of Fir and Kettner in the Broadstone building replacing the Heights, a short-tenured modern European restaurant that took over the space from Cafe Gratitude, which shuttered in ea...

Criscito Pizza is a hidden gem that brings a taste of Italian culinary excellence to San Diego. This charming pizzeria, with its inviting ambiance and mouthwatering menu, has quickly become a local favorite! From the moment you step through the door, you’re transported to a cozy trattoria in Italy, where the aroma of freshly baked pizza and the war...

A branch of the Italian government has honored San Diego's Civico 1845 as "ambassadors of Italian cuisine" at an event held in Las Vegas. "Last night in Las Vegas we have been awarded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture and Italian Trade Agency as ambassadors of the Italian Cuisine in the United States," wrote Civico...

I’m pretty sure there used to be a Subway franchise in this nonglamorous Little Italy location. Laurel Street marks the northern border of the neighborhood, where restaurants and piazzas give way to industrial zoning and backed up airport traffic. In fact, this storefront sits on the ground floor of a large, airport long term parking garage, and lo...

Thursday, January 18 - 6:30pm PST. House of Pacific Relations - Hall of Nations. 2191 Pan American West Road San Diego, CA. This presentation, by USD Italian Studies Professor Loredana Di Martino, will deal with women and migrations throughout some key moments in modern Italian history. A brief glimpse at female migrations from Italy will be follow...

A new Italian restaurant has moved into the former Fern Street home of Eclipse Chocolate. Il Posto is the second venture from the trio behind Maurizio’s Trattoria Italiana on South Coast Highway in Encinitas — Maurizio Carbone and a pair of lifelong friends that hail from Naples, Fabio Montagna and Antonio Pappagallo. Their aim with Il Posto, to of...