The Busalacchi family is proud to announce the opening of its newest culinary venture Nonna, serving Italian comfort food in the space that formerly housed the restaurant group’s beloved flagship concepts Trattoria Fantastica and Café Zucchero in the epicenter of Little Italy’s India Street. The two spaces, formerly divided by a wall, have now been combined into one under the umbrella of the affectionately named Nonna, a familial nod to every Italian family’s respected matriarch and especially to the Busalacchi’s own grandmother, Christina. Maintaining the property’s heritage, the Italian café offshoot of Zucchero still occupies a portion of the newly revamped 5,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor space serving all-day coffee and traditional pastries, deeply rooted in Italian technique.
The much-awaited addition to Little Italy’s thriving culinary scene, Cloak & Petal has finally arrived! Situated along India Street’s bustling stretch, the 7,500-sq. ft. space is bringing “Japanese social dining” to the area. By melding artful dishes with fresh sushi, sashimi and nigiri, the eatery’s robust and elevated scene is designed for social gatherings, making this an inevitable hotspot in San Diego’s restaurant realm.
Little Italy’s biggest party, Ferragosto, returns for its next big bash, “Wild Western: Little Italy’s Biggest Party Goes Denim and Diamonds,” on Saturday, August 19 from 6:00 p.m. to midnight with a VIP reception starting at 5:00 p.m. Guests are invited to Little Italy’s Amici Park for an evening that calls for attendees to dress-up in their best western gear and enjoy an interactive experience with wild western themed entertainment, a Western style BBQ, casino games, a rodeo, live music and more.
Monello’s design and decor mirrors a typical Milanese eatery complete with the downtown vibe of the San Diego bay and the familiar Italian neighborhood.
Sophisticated, modern and rustic-chic, Chef Fabrizio Cavallini says it is one of the few Italian restaurants that dares to serve traditional home-cooking in a modern urban setting, similar to a restaurant you would find in Milano, Italy. “We undressed Italian dining of its obsolete and stereotypical look and taste,” he says. “We had a new menu in mind, our tradition is so rich. But we had no room for it at our Bencotto restaurant. So when the space next door became available, our heads were exploding with ideas after Valentina and Guido’s trip to Italy. When they go there, they eat twenty-four-seven and come back with a ton of new ideas.”
The largest Italian festival on the West Coast will welcome over 120,000 visitors from around the country to celebrate authentic Italian and Sicilian culture with entertainment, food and Gesso Italiano.
The Little Italy Association of San Diego is proud to host the 22nd annual FESTA!, the largest Italian cultural festival in the Western U.S., on Sunday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The streets of San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood will be filled with over 120,000 visitors from all over the world to pay tribute to the Italian heritage and culture that created this iconic neighborhood. The event will feature Italian food, al fresco dining, authentic Italian music on three difference stages, a Sicilian flag procession, street stickball and bocce ball tournaments, Gesso Italiano (Italian Chalk) and more.
“FESTA! is not only a celebration of Little Italy San Diego’s historic past, but also a time to recognize the hard work the Little Italy Association has put into making San Diego’s Little Italy a coveted neighborhood—transforming it into one of the top neighborhoods in the country,” said Marco Li Mandri, Chief Executive Administrator of the Little Italy Association. “FESTA! is also a time to celebrate our future and each other—all the Little Italy residents, community members and business and property owners that take pride in our neighborhood. We want to showcase our community’s success and Italian love with everyone and FESTA! is the perfect event to do just that.”
Most San Diegans can attest to the fact that tacos are typically pictured alongside a salt-rimmed cocktail or an ice cold cerveza, but this August the Cohn Restaurant Group is shaking things up with the debut of a new perfectly paired sip. Enter COSTA TIERRA, the first Baja wine produced in partnership with a U.S.-owned restaurant group. Cohn Restaurant Group’s Beverage Director (and notable wine stud), Maurice DiMarino intended the red blend to be drank as an easy, approachable sipper that pairs perfectly with carne asada tacos—and what’s more, he created the blend with one of the oldest and most revered wineries in all of Baja, the beloved Bodegas de Santo Tomás.
Starting August 29th, the Cohn Restaurant Group will be offering COSTA TIERRA by the bottle at five of their local CRG establishments including Coasterra and Island Prime on Harbor Island, Indigo Grill in Little Italy, BO-beau kitchen + garden in La Mesa, and Vintana in Escondido. Select locations will also offer by the glass pours, and the bottle will be available for retail sale at Island Prime, Coasterra and Vintana.
Perched on the corner of Date and India Streets, Napizza is not only one of the newest establishments in Little Italy, it also has a new concept that is gaining attention.
Green certified and committed to utilizing locally sourced, organic ingredients with no preservatives or chemicals, this is not your typical pizza joint. But that new philosophy is underscored by one of the oldest traditions in pizza-making techniques. Pizza la taglio, a centuries-old art of utilizing special four, yeast and water, and allowing for a slow rise to create a product with no equal. The large, square-cut pieces are familiar to anyone who’s sampled street food from Italy’s larger cities.
Sophisticated and modern, Isola Pizza Bar offers warm and friendly service to every guest whom walks in the door. Located in a tiny storefront in the heart of San Diego’s Little Italy, the menu is a surprise that will leave you craving more for your next visit. Read more in the ‘San Diego Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes From America’s Finest City’, now available for pre-order.
ISOLA PIZZA BAR
1526 INDIA STREET
SAN DIEGO, CA 92101