Little Italy


Little Italy condo retail space sold

The four-tenant, approximately 5,659-square-foot, street-level retail space at 1603-1609 India St., San Diego 92101, has been sold for $5.5 million.


Solar Turbines gets buffer zone

The San Diego City Council on Tuesday unanimously established a nine-block buffer area around Solar Turbines to prevent residential developments in Little Italy from encroaching on the factory's industrial zone.


Downtown council OKs Little Italy buffer zone

The two-year-long Solar Turbines land use saga may be approaching its conclusion, as a draft plan for an Industrial Buffer Overlay Zone around the factory on Pacific Highway in Little Italy received unanimous support Wednesday from the Downtown Community Planning Council.


Hotel Vyvant in Little Italy on W. Grape sold


Little Italy grows while parking struggles to keep up

Little Italy news archive

Visitor Information

Originally a fishing village and enclave for Italian immigrants, Little Itayl, a hilly community by the harbor, has retained its heritage while revitalizing the downtown area with restaurants, retail and residences. The community is also becoming more Italian again, with a recent influx of immigrants.

From the 19th century until the 1970s, Little Italy made San Diego the center of the U.S. tuna industry. When the canneries relocated and part of Little Italy was demolished to build Interstate 5, the area went into decline. However, in the 1990s, the neighborhood began its revitalization.

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Business Information

Many of Little Italy's 500 businesses are on India Street, but nearby Kettner and Columbia streets are also popular for businesses. The area has weathered the recession well, never incurring any vacancies on India Street, and has a low crime rate compared with other neighborhoods nearby.

Until the 1970s, business in Little Italy was primarily tuna-related and residents were mainly of Italian heritage. At one point, more than 6,000 Italian families lived in Little Italy and the area became known for its authentic restaurants. Since then, the area has been gentrified and made the transition from a working-class immigrant neighborhood to a young, hip downtown area.

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Little Italy Businesses

Surmount Insurance Services

925 B St., Fl. 4
San Diego, CA
  • Insurance
  • Insurance - Health
  • Insurance Services

Gaston & Gaston

1010 Second Ave., Fl. 24
San Diego, CA
  • Legal Services
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Movie Theaters

701 Fifth Ave.
San Diego, CA, 92101
1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA, 92101
1875 El Prado
San Diego, CA, 92101
1788 El Prado
San Diego, CA, 92101
475 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA, 92101

To find a movie theater outside this area, check the Source Movie Section.

Upcoming Events

Lawyers Club Monthly Luncheon: Bring Your Child to Work

Thu, Apr 24
12:00pm 1:15pm
The Bristol Hotel
San Diego
Balancing the demands of practicing law with those of parenthood is a juggling act and it's not uncommon for attorneys to wonder if their child will be permanently scarred when they have to miss the occassional baseball game or bedtime story due to work obligations. Join us as we attempt to debunk those fears and hear from children (both young and adult) of attorneys about how they really feel about growing up with lawyer parents. Following the luncheon attendees and their children are invited to attend a mock trial in the courtroom of Hon. Joan Weber, followed by a tour of the holding cells and courthouse! $25, Lawyers Club members; $14, children; $40, non-members; $20, students, $40 at the door, space permitting.

Spring Mixer

Thu, Apr 24
5:30pm 7:30pm
Higgs, Fletcher & Mack LLP
San Diego
Meet and mingle with fellow Ethnic Relations & Diversity Committee (ERDC) and San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) members for drinks and appetizers, and find out how you can become involved in ERDC and the SDCBA. Driving directions can be found at Attendees park for free in the building and the parking entrance is on State Street.

16th Annual In the Company of Women Luncheon

Fri, Apr 25
Marriott Marquis and Marina
San Diego
This spectacular event will include the prestigious Tribute to Women & Industry (TWIN) awards, recognizing outstanding professional women in San Diego. This signature event raises critical financial support and awareness for the YWCA's comprehensive domestic violence and homelessness programs, including Becky's House®, Passages, and Cortez Hill Family Center.

Congressional Luncheon

Fri, Apr 25
11:00am 1:30pm
San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina
San Diego
The Chamber’s Congressional Luncheon is one of San Diego’s best opportunities to hear directly from the San Diego regional congressional delegation. Each congress member will provide a brief update followed by topical questions and answers. The moderator will be Gene Cubbison, Political Reporter for NBC 7 San Diego. Confirmed Participants: Congresswoman Susan Davis, Congressman Duncan D. Hunter, Congressman Darrell Issa, Congressman Scott Peters, Congressman Juan Vargas.

Art Walk's 30th Anniversary

Sat, Apr 26
11:00am 6:00pm
Little Italy
San Diego
Mission Federal ArtWalk, the largest art festival in Southern California, will commemorate its 30th year with a 17-block celebration. Founded by local artists, Mission Federal ArtWalk has become a showcase for established and emerging artists and hte ultimate event aficiaonados and casual collectors. The art, fun for families, live performances, food and drink.
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