Sometimes, the urge to have Italian food strikes, and nothing satisfies until you get it. When that happens, count on 10Best to point you in the direction of San Diego's best Italian restaurants. We understand the desire to have a great meal, and we work hard to bring you the top places to eat in San Diego. We vet restaurants carefully for quality, and when we recommend popular eateries like Pizza Nova or tell you that Primavera Ristorante gets good reader feedback, you can believe it. We'll make sure you get - and eat - what's best.

Piatti Ristorante & Bar

This Tuscanesque cafe is as popular a hangout for surfers as it is with the more senior members of La Jolla society. Terra-cotta tiled floors, bottles of chianti, and a Roman fountain all contribute to the setting for an authentic Italian menu...  Read More

Pizza Nova

This isn't your standard pizza parlor. The chic cafe with its salmon-colored walls, black tables and chairs, and open kitchen specializes in designer pizzas like Thai chicken, a gooey five-cheese variety, and grilled chicken pesto. You'll also...  Read More


Two decades in operation signals that a restaurant must be doing things right. Salvatore's is a good example – the ambience is comfortable but not overwhelming in any way, the service is attentive and professional, and the food is reliably...  Read More


From the moment you walk in, Vivace just looks Italian. The elegant, slightly ornate space, augmented by a fireplace and huge vases of cut flowers, can be romantic or simply upscale, depending on your mood and the occasion. The menu features...  Read More

Primavera Ristorante

Primavera offers old-school Italian, traditional food with that's well-prepared and satisfying. The dining room is elegant but not ostentatious, while the tuxedo-clad servers are well-versed in the finer details of the menu and the wine list,...  Read More

Come on In! Café & Bakery

A reputation for great breakfasts, with healthy alternatives to the usual fare, plus excellent coffee and fabulous sweets have made this casual café a hit. Whenever a new one opens, it quickly becomes a local favorite. Early in the day, opt for...  Read More