Magical Italian Dinner

The Little Italy Association of San Diego (LIA) is bringing Solo Italiano: Dinner in Rosso (Dinner in Red)  to the Piazza della Famiglia on Saturday, October 6, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. This magical Tuscan-inspired evening will feature a one-of-a-kind curated and immersive dining experience that encourages guests to dress in their best red attire. This event will also help raise funds for the LIA to continue its efforts to enhance and preserve the rich history and charm of the community.

“The introduction of Solo Italiano: Dinner in Rosso presented by PenFed Credit Union will give the Little Italy Association the opportunity to bring the community together for a unique Italian celebration in our new Piazza della Famiglia,” said Chris Gomez, district manager of the LIA. “Guests will enjoy an authentic Italian experience because everything featured at the event is inspired by Italy or the Italian culture—from the food to the entertainment! We hope the intimate communal dining experience encourages guests to engage with each other—even if they come as strangers, they’ll leave as family! It will definitely be an amazing experience for all to enjoy.”

Tuscan farm tables will line the Piazza della Famiglia at Solo Italiano: Dinner in Rosso presented by PenFed Credit Union for an exclusive family-style dinner featuring endless Italian courses, sips of Italian beverages, strolling Italian entertainment, interactive performances, table-side Italian lessons, Gesso Italiano (Chalk Art), dancing and more. During the communal dining experience, guests can expect to be waited on and engage with cheese experts who will offer each table a selection of gourmet cheeses to taste—enhancing their experience. Throughout the dinner, opera singer, Natalie Moran Clegg will dazzle the crowd with an exquisite performance from one of the balconies in the Piazza. Headliner and Naples born and raised singer, Pasquale Esposito, will take the stage for a live performance; inviting guests to dance the night away on the dance floor.

Prior to the orchestrated dining experience, attendees are invited to explore the Luxury Galleria for cocktail time from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. featuring wine from Mignanelli Winery, olive oil tastings from Della Pace and a pop-up Italian soda bar. The Luxury Galleria will also feature a variety of activities—live entertainment, an exotic Lamborghini model range display, an Italian fashion show by Roberto Cavalli, live Gesso Italiano (Chalk Art) and more. Guests can snap their picture-perfect Italian photo-op at one of the photo vignettes with Lamborghini and Vespa.

Each year Solo Italiano: Dinner in Rosso presented by PenFed Credit Union will take on a new Italian-centric theme to ensure a unique experience every year. The LIA’s goal for the future is to create a festival to take place the day after Solo Italiano: Dinner in Rosso presented by PenFed Credit Union to give more San Diegans and visitors the opportunity to immersive themselves in Italian culture. The Luxury Galleria will give guests a glimpse into what a Solo Italiano day festival will look like in the upcoming years.

A limited number of tickets are available for this premier event. Tickets start at $200 and are available now for purchase. For more event details and to purchase tickets, visit Additional information about the LIA can be found at

The event is made possible through the support of its generous sponsors and partners. Sponsors include PenFed Credit Union, Loacker, Frank Subaru and San Diego Arts & Culture Commission. Partners include Lamborghini La Jolla, Roberto Cavalli, Vespa, Roots n Tours, Italian Travel Solutions, Venissimo Cheese, Della Pace, Hook’d on a Bite, La Pensione, Mignanelli Winery and Dolce Italian Sweets.

About Little Italy Association (LIA)

A nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation for the public’s benefit, the Little Italy Association (LIA) advocates on behalf of its members’ best interests in the areas of public safety, beautification, promotion and economic development, while preserving the unique cultural resources that exist in the Little Italy neighborhood of Downtown San Diego. LIA stands as the only district management corporation of its kind for any Little Italy neighborhood in the United States and is run by a Board of Directors encompassing 32 people who represent property owners, residents, businesses and community at large. More information can be found by visiting or by calling (619) 233-3898.

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