Authentic & Affordable Italian Cafes
San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood is full of great places to have a good meal, and the cafes in the area are some of the best you’ll ever visit. Visitors staying at one of the cheap hotels close to Little Italy are steps away from these many cafes, making it easy to enjoy an affordable lunch, dinner, snack or even sweet treat.
Caffe Italia at 1704 India Street offers excellent espressos, mochas, and even blended gelato drinks such as the crowd pleasing Orange Baba which made with orange juice and strawberry and banana gelato. They also sell excellent paninis, salads, and of course, six flavors of gelato. They’re open for breakfast and lunch every day and are an affordable option for visitors on a budget.
Another great café is the Café Zucchero, also on India Street. This café offers great food no matter what time of day it is, from their specialty breakfast Panini to great pasta for lunch and even their antipasto fantastica for dinner. They also have a comprehensive wine list, all of which is available at affordable prices! After a long day of sightseeing, Café Zucchero is a great place to unwind and relax.
A final must-visit café in Little Italy is Pappalecco. Pappalecco at 1602 State Street has become a popular and staple spot among locals and residents, offering customers fresh Italian coffee, exquisite gelato that’s available in both cones and cups, and cold plates and salads to enjoy on warm summer days. Their specialty salads include the Bresaola with thinly sliced beef, and the the Misticanza with chicken, tomatoes, cranberries, and Mediterranean dressing.