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

Rancho Ted

363 5th Ave., Ste. 92101
San Diego, CA
  • Investment Services
  • Real Estate - Investments
  • Real Estate - Loans

San Diego Economic Consultants

1516 W Redwood St., Ste. 212
San Diego, CA
  • Economics
  • Financial Planning & 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

Parisian Style Easter Celebration

Sun, Apr 20
10:00am 3:00pm
The Westgate Hotel
San Diego
Celebrate Easter in San Diego at The Westgate Hotel where locals and weekend travelers alike are invited to enjoy the perfect family holiday in Parisian style. Guests can share with their children an afternoon of fun with the Westgate Easter Bunny Teas on April 18 and 19 and the Traditional Westgate Easter Champagne brunch featuring the Easter Bunny and face painter on Sunday, April 20. The luxury hotel located near the Gaslamp Quarter is also offering The Westgate Experience package at special rates for the perfect family weekend getaway.

Films From Spain: A Gun in Each Hand

Tue, Apr 22
Hall of Nations in Balboa Park
San Diego
"A Gun in Each Hand" is a witty and brutally hilarious portrait of fortysomething men confronting various midlife crises, and the changing gender roles of contemporary Spanish society. The cast features some of the most star-studded, talents in modern Spanish and Latin American cinema, including Ricardo Darín, Luis Tosar, Javier Cámara, Eduardo Noriega, Leonor Watling, Candela Peña and Leonardo Sbaraglia.

Classic Cinema Wednesday Films Festival

Wed, Apr 23
Central Library
San Diego
Opening the series, the classic lawyer comedy film “Adam’s Rib” will screen on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. in the Auditorium of the New San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common. The Library’s “Classic Cinema” movie showcase highlights the best movies that are considered “classics.” Audience discussions will often follow the screenings. These events are FREE and open to the public.  April 2 — “Adam’s Rib” (1949) — With husband and wife lawyers Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.  April 9 — “12 Angry Men” (1957) — With Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, inside a tense jury trial.  April 16 —“Anatomy of a Murder” (1959) — With James Stewart and Lee Remick, directed by Otto Preminger.  April 23 — “Inherit the Wind” (1960) — With Spencer Tracy and Fredric March.

ASLA-SD Meet the Fellows

Wed, Apr 23
6:00pm 8:00pm
NewSchool of Architecture & Design
San Diego
During Landscape Architecture Month in April, the San Diego Chapter of ASLA has planned a social event where you can meet and talk to our local ASLA Fellows! This event will also profile our new subcommittee of Emerging Professionals who have recently embraced the profession. Don't miss this great opportunity to network with other professionals and hear our Fellows speak about the profession and milestones in their career.

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.
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