Little Italy Rocks

How about a stroll through Little Italy? It’s one of my favorite San Diego neighborhoods with sidewalk cafes, tasteful high-rises and slightly funky boutiques. . . .

Little Italy sign

We parked near a little house with this banana tree growing in the yard:


I was so focused on the strange-looking “flower,” I missed the bananas! D’oh.

One of the boutiques had the best accessory sitting outside.

Dream Car

I love these old Citroën 2CVs. Yes, they’re probably like driving around in a tin can, but their lines are so nice, so French. Brings back wonderful memories of trips to Paris. I really like that the shades of yellow and black are echoed in the shop’s exterior.

Citroen 2CV side

Citroen 2CV back

Never mind that all the tires are flat. Maybe to thwart thieves? Never really noticed how tiny the wheels were before.

According to Wikipedia, many Italians moved to San Diego from San Francisco after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake in search of tuna and other deep-sea sport and commercial fish. After I-5 was built, 35% of Little Italy was destroyed, the tuna-fishing industry declined and the neighborhood was pretty much forgotten for thirty years. The Little Italy Association was created in 1996 and gentrification began.

sidewalk cafe

Although many of the restaurants are Italian, there’s an English pub that’s supposed to have great fish ‘n’ chips. . . .

Princess Pub

Halloween window

Happy Halloween, everyone. 🙂

Little Italy has an annual art walk with sidewalk chalk painters, but the artists work on materials that can be removed. Some are now displayed on the sides of buildings.

mural 3


I’m now wondering how they keep the artwork from fading and deteriorating.

Part II on Friday. Hope your week’s going well so far. . . .


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18 Responses to Little Italy Rocks

  1. Just love that second photo! Great colours throughout 🙂

  2. Caroline says:

    Happy Halloween to you as well.
    That looks like a charming neighborhood. I like these cars as well. You don’t see them anymore here.

  3. Looks like lots of fun. That last fresco is amazing!
    Do you get lots of trick or treaters there? The weather is so nice I imagine that there’s nothing stopping the kids from going out on a candy hunt.

    • So good to hear from you! I hope you didn’t get any water in your place or lose electricity. Not the best Halloween in New York this year, sadly.
      There aren’t that many kids in our development, so we have a lot of leftover candy, which is going in the freezer today. 🙂

  4. TBM says:

    Cool. I’ve never been there and yes, I’m looking forward to part II. Whenever we went to San Diego we always went to the zoo or beach. And I used to have soccer tournaments there. Every Thanksgiving for years. I miss that.

    • The zoo and the beach are probably the main attractions here, along with Old Town.
      A soccer tourney every Thanksgiving! Growing up in the Midwest, I can only imagine that. We usually had snow by Nov. 1, and one Halloween we had to slog through a lot of the white stuff. Trick-or-treating in slush is the worst.

  5. Cheryl says:

    Oh my, I can certainly see why Little Italy is a favourite! Great pics, as always, Carole.

  6. Patti says:

    Ooh, I’ve never seen a banana flower before.

  7. Little Italy in Manhattan has all but disappeared – swallowed up by Chinatown.

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