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Little Italy

Little Italy is a neighborhood in downtown San Diego, California, originally a primarily Italian and Portuguese fishing area. It has since been renovated and is now a popular neighborhood full of Italian restaurants and grocery stores, interior design shops, art galleries, and apartments. Little Italy is one of the most active downtown neighborhoods and often hosts festivals and events, including weekly farmers’ markets known as Mercato (market in Italian). The neighborhood has a low crime rate compared to other areas of downtown San Diego. It is run by the Little Italy Neighborhood Association, which offers garbage collection, decorations, and special events. HVAC San Diego King


Little Italy is located northwest of downtown, a few blocks from the Embarcadero. It is north of Columbia, south of Middletown, southeast of Core, southwest of Bankers Hill/Park West, and west of Cortez Hill. The neighborhood is on the side of a hill, and its elevation increases significantly as you approach Interstate 5. West Laurel Street borders the area to the north, West Ash Street to the south, Interstate 5 and Front Street to the east, and San Diego Bay and the Pacific Highway to the west.

Tuna industry  

From the 19th century until the 1970s, Italian-Americans, mostly from the Italian Riviera and Sicily, ran the company that built the boats that established America’s tuna fishing fleet and canning industry in San Diego, the ” Tuna Capital.” “From the west coast of America. The first large tuna factory, the Pacific Tuna Canning Company, was established in 1911. By the mid-1930s, the canneries employed more than 1,000 workers. Due to rising costs and foreign competition, the last canneries closed in the early 1980s.


Structures have multiple public improvements and high and medium buildings or are approved and planned in the construction phase. The northern part of Little Italy is less populated than the southern part of Little Italy and consists mainly of tall and medium buildings. Some old buildings have been renovated for new uses; newer buildings tend to imitate the atmosphere of the original institutions. The main attraction of India Street is public art and plazas, street trees, galleries, antique shops, and many restaurants with dining options.


  • Embarcadero located at N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA
  • Maritime Museum of San Diego, located at 1 92 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA
  • Balboa Park
  • Broadway Pier, located at 1000 San Diego, CA

Explore other neighborhoods, e.g. Mira Mesa