Little Italy

7 for 7 plus Pappy

Starlite celebrates 7 years with 7 days of giving back

It’s no secret that Starlite is one of my major haunts — this remote, hip and chill restaurant in the middle of an industrial strip of India Street is home to my favorite burger, and ...

I never wear the same thing twice

What they wore in Little Italy.

In Little Italy, Lien Nguyen held her fluffy Maltipoo, Kali, close as she made her way through the crowded Saturday morning Mercato on Cedar Street. Nguyen was on her way to brunch with her husband. ...

Taste the bean, not the roast

While a handful of roasters have been at it for years — La Jolla–based Pannikin has been cooking beans since 1968 — most of San Diego’s developing artisanal coffee movement has been spurred by newcomers. ...

It’ll probably involve offal

When I think of my ideal food day in San Diego, it doesn’t involve heavy white linens, maître d’s, or putting on a suit and tie. Maximum dining enjoyment in my laidback hometown comes from ...

Top vittles from a top chef

Little Italy eatery lives up to the hype

Even before its opening, Juniper And Ivy was one of the biggest news stories in the San Diego food scene. Having a winner of Top Chef Masters like Richard Blais as your main chef will ...

Diving into Ironside Fish and Oyster Bar

Exploring the depths of Little Italy's hottest new scene

If you’re looking for somewhere to see and be seen these days, Ironside Fish and Oyster Bar is a sure bet. On my most recent visit, among the endless faces in the bustle I recognized ...

Zappa fest in Little Italy

“As teenagers, Frank Zappa and Lou Curtiss, owner of Folk Arts Rare Records, would scour local bargain bins for eclectic albums that would define their unique musical perspectives,” says Tom Cesarini, executive director at the ...

Liver lovers, heads up! They take you seriously here

Nosh, the new downtown deli, wants us to get serious about liver

"What am I, chopped liver?" This is Jennifer, standing with her hands flung out sideways. Then she relaxes. "Everybody says that, when they see it on the menu." Chopped liver sandwich is part of a ...

Rico suave pork torta

Between Mexican Fiesta and Stone, Ed is in danger.

"Things have been pretty horrible in the Congo for decades. So, their coffee is in this beer.”

Sampler Flight: It's the Reader's turn on April 27!

This week, the Reader’s getting in on the ale-driven action!

April 22 | Homebrew Trade & Taste: Little Italy’s original Bottlecraft location is as much a center for craft beer communalism as it is a retail outlet. Helping to foster this well-earned reputation is this ...

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