Filippi’s Pizza Grotto in Little Italy

While in San Diego’s Little Italy, there is no shortage of great Italian food to eat. That being said, when asking which restaurant is the best, you will hear time and time again the name Filippi’s. It is the quintessential Italian food spot with a little store in the front and a home-style kitchen in the back. These were all good things to see when I visited for the first time, and I have to say it lived up to expectations. Here is all the information.

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  • It’s a small place so not a ton of seating, prepare to wait during busy times
  • No real dedicated parking so prepare to search for that as well
  • I wrote this in 2014
  • Location: 1747 India St, San Diego, CA 92101

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The vibe of this place is awesome, it has a quintessential Italian style, and even the waiters that I talked to spoke with an Italian accent. They had these awesome jars, which I forget the name of hanging from the ceiling, which was fun, and the typical red and white tablecloths that you would expect to see in a pizzeria.

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The Pizza

I decided to keep it simple and order a cheese pizza, and I would say it was pretty much perfect.

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The bread was thick but not too thick, the sauce was not overpowering, and the cheese was perfectly layered on the top, all providing for a fantastic flavor that is not like a typical pizza you would have at home. I am currently wishing I had this pizza again right now as I am writing this.

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The Store

As you are walking in or out of the restaurant, you will no doubt walk through the small store. It has a ton of great stuff in it for making your own Italian feast at home if you are into cooking.

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Everything from meats and cheeses to wine is available for purchase in this small store. I am sure it is excellent for them as they can never really run out of something in the restaurant as they can just walk up front to get it.

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I loved Filippi’s Pizza Grotto, and I wished I lived in San Diego to be able to take people here and eat their pizza more. I know they have lots of locations, but I would have to assume the atmosphere here is the best. Get directions below and let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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