This is a photo of India Street signage proclaiming "Little Italy".

Retro signage for the Little Italy neighborhood

The charm of a large city lies in its many neighborhoods that are formed by the cultural influences of a unique group of people. In Little Italy, San Diego, CA this little neighborhood was crafted over the years by fishermen and their families, restaurateurs, grocers and bakers from Italy. Of late, the addition of art, festivals and general tourism have brought a resurgence of energy, money and even more local color into this retro/modern area and brought about a charming revitalization.

Here’s the approach into Little Italy from India Street of all things! The signage has been the neighborhood landmark.

This is a photo of India Street as you drive towards Little Italy.

Little Italy on India Street

The corners are festooned with lovely ‘wooden’ soldiers playing a variety of musical instruments in wine barrels filled with red poinsettias.

This is a photo of a wooden soldier blowing a trumpet in a flower barrel.

The Trumpeter

Windows are dressed for Christmas and storefronts look inviting. The general atmosphere is warm and cheerful. Red “Buon Natale” flags are atop the lampposts and line the blue sky. White, sparkly snowflakes dance nearby.

This is a photo of the Christmas decor along India Street in the neighborhood of Little Italy.

Christmas Decor in Little Italy, San Diego

For a quick and amazing bite of pizza by the slice, visit Landini’s Pizzeria. Lightly browned thin crusts, divine red sauce, delicious toppings and heated to piping hot perfection before being served with Peroni draft beer to wash it all down!

This is a photo of Landini's Cafe

Dine here for delicious pizza by the slice!

This is a photo of a sandwich board advertizing pizza prices. Ha, ha!

A sandwich board that advertises everything but sandwiches! OK, I'll give you "Paninis" but it is a glorified sandwich!

The buildings in the area have been modernized and new, European-style, condo-mixed use buildings have popped up in recent years. Many are full, many still looking for buyers and lessors in the depressed housing market.

This is a photo of a modern building on India Street in the Little Italy neighborhood.

Modern Architecture in a Retro Neighborhood

This is a photo of a modern building in the Little Italy neighborhood.

"It's A Grind" coffee cafe on the right (unseen) and a lovely fountain in front creates terrific ambiance.

Walking down India Street in Little Italy is like walking in an outdoor museum. The utility boxes on the streets have been painted by local artists with Italian motifs. The buildings’ walls have large paintings adorning them and it becomes a visual treasure hunt looking around for other pieces.

This is a photo of a utility box painted with an Italian motif to hide its plain and ugly exterior.

This is a photo of a utility box painted with an Italian motif to hide its plain and ugly exterior.

Utility boxes wrapped in artwork

This is a photo of a large Italian themed image painted on a cafe building in Little Italy.

Exterior Wall Painting in Little Italy

This is a photo of a large Italian themed image painted on an office building in Little Italy.

Exterior Wall Painting in Little Italy

It’s a lovely place to spend a couple hours before hoping over to the airport which is just a couple minutes away by taxi. I do hope to return at nighttime to see the lights and mood of the people in cafes as they get into the Holiday spirit!

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