San Diego is one of the most beautiful cities in the United States, and as a traveling software consultant, I’ve seen plenty of cities. Unfortunately, sometimes my landscape photos can only be captured from the back of a Lyft driver’s car but, you make due with what you have.
There is so much to see in San Diego, but if you only have a day, you have to make choices. So here’s what I did…
I started my day with a client meeting over coffee at Moniker General in the Liberty Station which, is an old Naval Training Center that was converted to a village with shops, restaurants, art galleries, and many other things. You can spend an entire day there and not see it all, but that wasn’t an option for me.
There are so many things to discover here. After my meeting I walked through the corridor of the old naval barracks, I passed by a Arts and Crafts class for children and their parents as well as several Art & Photo Galleries.
I eventually stumbled upon the indoor market. Where you can grab a snack, lunch, or purchase things like olive oils.
As I continued on, I came across the big guns used for training that were mounted in a large park. Old reminders of the Navy Basic Training that used to take place here. Now the park is a place where parents were playing tag with their children.
With plenty of time left before having to catch my plane, I decided to do lunch in one of my favorite San Diego communities…
That’s right! San Diego has their own “Little Italy”, and it is one of the coolest places you can visit here. Rich in heritage, don’t be surprised at all if passers by are having complete conversations in Italian.
I walked for a little bit to take in a few of the sites. I noticed new condo developments taking place, and maybe I was doing a little wishful thinking too.
But it was time for lunch, and one of my favorite places when in Little Italy is Filippi’s Pizza Grotto.
I am sure there is great Italian food in several places here, but the character and ambiance of this place is hard to beat. When you walk in the door, you actually pass through the Italian Market to get to the restaurant. Today, I was traveling with a only a backpack so, grocery shopping was not an option, but one day…
I love the decor of this place from the checkered table cloths to the Chianti bottles dangling from the roof, the charm of this place is nothing short of awesome.
The food here is nothing short of awesome as well! Portions are large, and flavorful. I went with the linguini and clams. You can choose between white wine sauce, or red sauce. I went with the traditional white wine sauce, and I’m glad I did.
This is the standard dinner salad.
So, keep in mind, that you and a travel companion could easily split this meal and get your fill (no, I didn’t eat it all). To finish off my day, I stopped by Café Italia across the street for a double espresso and a pistachio gelato.
Considering SD’s weather averages 76 degrees year round, sitting outside and catching a few of those Italian conversations is highly recommended. Sadly, my time is up, and it’s off to the airport.
Enjoy your day!