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Little Italy San Diego

Updated on September 14, 2012

The Assignment

I was actually very proud of this article which I took on as an assignment the MTurks, so I was very surprised when it was rejected because it didn't meet the requirements. Now, personally, I thought it the formatting could be cleaned up a bit but as far a plagerism or anything else in the article...I enjoyed writing it and thought it came out pretty well. I would have liked to have had some relevant photos and may add some later.

At any rate, I figured if they weren't going to pay me on a 400 word article then it should be posted somewhere because they better not try to use my work without it. Works both ways on that plagerism thing. Anyway, Little Italy is a fun little place and I enjoyed doing the research and writing about it so I hope the article is enjoyable for those who find it.


A major attraction in the San Diego area is the Little Italy district on the northeast portion of downtown which features the Mercato, Little Italy’s Farmers Market, every Saturday from 8:00AM – 2:00PM, open for both residents and visitors. Little Italy has been designed to be a very stable, ethnic district with a growing urban business plan. Originally established in the 1920’s, the district has spent the last 15 years promoting the small urban neighborhood with New American Italian and non-Italian businesses. It has transformed its former single family homes and low density commercial face into a neighborhood which is mainly composed of residential units, consisting of mid-rise, high-rise, and lofts with ground floor retail stores and only a few commercial buildings.

From the Santa Fe Train Depot and the B Street Pier to Amici Park, which provides a playground for the Washington Elementary School, Little Italy features a walking district with a wide range of appeal. Experience the outdoors every day while strolling its main street, India Street, and exploring the public art, a plethora of outdoor eating, open plazas, Piazza Basilone, galleries and antique stores. The new Convivio Center and Little Heritage Museum is India streets newest attraction for arts, heritage and culture, and the feeling of all things Italian in San Diego area. The Convivio Center offers public resources, such as educational and historical programs, that appeal to the entire family; like exploring the historical aspects of the harbor front with its fisherman rich population and tuna trade.

Each year, Little Italy hosts over a half dozen festivals and street fairs, including Carnivale in February during Mardi Gras, the ArtWalk, a Taste of Little Italy, and summer and fall concerts. Kettner Nights is held the second Friday of each month and has become the place to be for the arts and designs crowd. Modeled after the trendy SoHo and Chelsea districts in New York City, Kettner Boulevard offers an ever growing distinctive presence showcasing an evening experience filled with art, design, food and cocktails.

Responsible for maintaining the original feel of Italy, the 500 member non-profit organization of The Italian Community Center of San Diego, is also located within the neighborhood. Established in 1981 for those interested in Italian Culture and Language, the center takes the helm in maintaining the integrity and feel of Little Italy’s Italian heritage while working closely with the Little Italy Association to keep the revitalization of the area alive and thriving.


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      MzChaos 5 years ago from Indianapolis

      Thank you very much!

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks for this nice journey down Little Italy in the San Diego area, it was a very enjoyable read.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Been there and it is charming..Brings back some old memories.

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      MzChaos 5 years ago from Indianapolis

      Fun! It reminds me of the French Market area in New Orleans.

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      Dale Anderson 5 years ago from The High Seas

      My boat is anchored not far from there and I often walk to Little Italy to enjoy some wine and some great food. Highly recommend a visit.