When you stay in Petco Park hotels, you get the chance to visit a more historic neighborhood in downtown San Diego. Little Italy is a quaint and charming community that dates back to the early 1900s. Below are some interesting historic facts about the suburb that might interest you.
1. It Has the First Downtown Fire Station
The first fire station in downtown San Diego is located in Little Italy and has earned a historic status after 100 years. It now operates as a museum and is open to the public.
2. It Was Home to Italian Families
Over 6,000 Italian families once lived in Little Italy at one time, many of which opened family-run businesses and restaurants.
3. The Neighborhood Is Run by an Association
Little Italy is currently run by The Little Italy Association, which is composed of 29 members and was established in 1996 to oversee the development of the location to ensure that it thrives.
4. It Began as a Fishing Neighborhood
Little Italy started out as a fishing community for immigrants who came to the U.S. Things have changed a lot since then, but you can still order some delicious seafood here.
5. Romantic Tile Is Installed at Café Zucchero
There’s engraved tile still present at Cafe Zucchero where a local resident installed the flooring material as a sign of love for his wife. When visiting the eatery, customers can get a glimpse of the original tile near the register.
6. The Chef Is Dressed as a Bear at Cow By Bear
Customers who dine at pop-up restaurant Cow By Bear can enjoy being served a five-course meal while also getting a glimpse of the chef in the kitchen, who is always dressed in a bear costume.
7. The Plants Mirror Each Season
The landscapers in Little Italy plant trees and flowers that are specific for each season. Plants are changed and repotted each month to reflect summer, fall, winter and spring.
8. Italian Sayings and Recipes Are Engraved on Bronze Plaques
Visit Amici Park and walk to India Street to view a number of bronze plaques that feature Italian proverbs and quotes from businesses that have been present for several decades.
Get a taste of historic Little Italy when you stay at Pacific Inn near downtown San Diego. Our budget-friendly hotel offers affordable rooms, friendly customer service and easy access to popular neighborhoods like Little Italy, Seaport Village and the Gaslamp Quarter. Click here or call 619-232-6391 today to make your reservation.