9 San Diego Italian Restaurants You Have To Try

Asti Ristorante

This traditional Italian restaurant encompasses an inviting and intimate atmosphere. Having provided this exquisite fine-dining experience for over 20 years, Asti continues to be one of the Gaslamp’s finest Italian restaurants. Dine outside for a pleasant shaded lunch or indulge in a candlelight dinner on the patio where you can watch passersby.

Ciro’s Pizzeria and Beerhouse

Ciro’s Pizzeria & Beerhouse has been a staple in the historic Gaslamp Quarter for over 14 years. They’re the perfect spot to pre-game before a night out on the town and they’re open late for your pizza cravings! The original Ciro’s Pizzeria opened in January of 2003 in the historic Gaslamp Quarter. Using nothing but the freshest ingredients, they take pride in making their dough, pizza sauce, marinara sauce and garlic knots homemade daily.

Mattarello Cooking Lab

Mattarello Cooking Lab cares for every single ingredient in their pasta, from flour and eggs to meat and vegetables. They make everything from scratch, with local and organic ingredients. Come to Mattarello where you’ll be able to choose and make from scratch your pasta, and then dine in the comfort of their romantic bistro.


Operacaffe is an inviting restaurant in the Gaslamp District serving authentic, award-winning Italian cuisine. It is the history and experiences that make Operacaffe truly different than the many other Italian restaurants in this area. From the menu items to the romance of Italy that decorates the atmosphere, Operacaffe makes for the perfect restaurant for an authentic Italian experience.

Osteria Panevino

Osteria Panevino’s prime location in the heart of San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter is just minutes from the Convention Center and most major hotels. Spacious dining room features some of San Diego’s most highly acclaimed Italian cuisine and the casual atmosphere of an Tuscan osteria.

PO5 Pizza Lounge & Bar

PO5’s menu is shaped by their diversity and the uniqueness of their customers and their tastes. Pizza is one of everyone’s favorite foods, and they take pride in serving it using the freshest ingredients and best cheeses available. Their business is based on family from the way they treat their employees, to the comfort food they provide to their customers.

Roma Mia

Roma Mia is the brainchild of an Italian-born restaurateur, Sergio Torrisi, who has brought his love of Italian cuisine to the heart of downtown San Diego. Sergio brings a combination of expertise, dedication, and passion to the San Diego Italian restaurant scene.

Toscana Cafe and Wine Bar

Toscana Café & Wine Bar is located at the intersection of Fifth and K Street in the Gaslamp District of downtown San Diego. Reminiscent of popular street cafés flanking the streets of modern-day Tuscany, this romantic San Diego gem embodies the same spirit of warmth and the promise of authentically inspired Italian cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Old Spaghetti Factory

The Old Spaghetti Factory has been proudly serving deliciously affordable 3 course meals since 1969. Family owned and operated, they are committed to exceptional service. Stop by with your family and join them for a memorable dining experience.