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1602 State St, San Diego, CA 92101-2512
+1 619-238-4590
07:00 - 21:30
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Sun 08:00 - 21:30
Mon - Thu 07:00 - 21:30
Fri 07:00 - 22:30
Sat 08:00 - 22:30
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Orange County, California
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58 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2016

Fantastic gelato. Staff is also super friendly, delightful, and charming. I am admittedly a sucker for accents, but I think they genuinely just want you to love their gelato as much as they do. Skip dessert elsewhere if you're in Little Italy, just walk over here!

Thank jr1962
Fresno, California
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126 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2016

If you want a little taste of Italy, this is the go to place for a really good cup of coffee. I ordered their breakfast for take out. It was okay, although good, I was hoping for something on par with their coffee.

Thank gish0503
San Diego, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2016 via mobile

Love Love love their gelato. You can taste the fruit. Regularly goes every Saturday morning for my gelato fix

Thank Tess A
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2016

Delicious gelato, wonderful atmosphere, super friendly staff; almost like family. Great outdoor seating in a charming part of Little Italy. Don't miss this place. It's a gem.

Thank sfj518
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 23 January 2016

During our visit to San Diego we came upon this wonderful little gelato spot. So good we visited four nights for gelato and cappuccino. The workers are direct from Italy and adorable. We will definitely be back.

Thank Ellen R
San Francisco, California
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149 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2016

experienced this spot attracted by the pretty long line that you can see every moment during the day. I thought it should be a real italian spot! When I came in, all waitresses speak Italian (pretty well)...so, I thought, I'm at home! Well...I had an espresso coffee: bleah! Not italian style at all! then a "saccottino" (pan au chocolate): fair...not... More 

Thank Angelo P
Perth, Australia
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96 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2016 via mobile

Great coffee. Nice and easy, good atmosphere. Good for familes and pet friendly. Food looks great. Didnt have any my self. Friendly staff. Must try

Thank Robbo8888
Derby, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2016 via mobile

Went here a couple of times for breakfast during my stay in San Diego. Very friendly staff in an Italo-American environment. Good coffee and pastries!

Thank Nick G
Burlington, Iowa
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517 reviews
341 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2016

Neat little cafe on a corner. Friendly Italian girls scooped the gelato, which was very good. Pastries were wonderful, too.

Thank mark m
Baltimore, Maryland
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52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2016

Were that I could come here every morning! Such friendly staff, great espresso and creative breakfast options! I like that I can get some a bit of leafy greens with my breakfast. I can also bring the little ones here later in the day and fill them up on great gelato and sweets before handing them off to their mother.... More 

Thank LyleN

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1602 State St, San Diego, CA 92101-2512
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 619-238-4590

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?