About Little Italy
Little Italy in San Diego, California is a delightful way to experience the traditions and delicious food that acknowledge the great Italian influence and culture that have enhanced this country. Located in downtown San Diego, Little Italy was originally an Italian fishing neighborhood in the early 1900's (making it into the world's tuna industry center), but when Interstate 5 was constructed in the early 1970's, it destroyed 35% of the neighborhood. However, in 1996 the Little Italy Association, comprised of property and business owners, decided to rebuild and beautify their area, which now offers art galleries and public art displays, retail shops with memorabilia, excellent restaurants, frequent and annual celebration events, as well as residential developments including high rises and lofts. You may want to plan your visit around one or more of the following annual events In February the Little Italy Carnevale is a mask and costume competition. The annual Mission Federal ArtWalk in April (the largest art event in the region) has celebrated 25 years and offers fine art, dance and music performances, family activities, and, of course, delicious food. May finds the Festivale Siciliano with Sicilian cuisine and entertainment. September brings the Italian Motorsport Show.October has the largest Italian festival except for New York City (Precious Festa) with its entertainment, Painting Festival, other tournaments, crafter and food booths.