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Caffe Italia

Coffee Shop and Café$$$$
Little Italy, San Diego
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7.6/10
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  • Andrea N.
    "Gelato and staff and good LaVazza coffee!!"(2 Tips)
    John T.
    "their gelato drinks"(6 Tips)
    Bill G.
    "The pistachio cannoli is excellent."(5 Tips)
    Joseph B.
    "Try the dirty chi iced blended... dirty = shot of espresso."(17 Tips)
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  • Anthony G.
    Anthony GomezAugust 3, 2012
    The cannolis are unreal. Lavazza coffee straight out of Italy, great place to chill or get se work done.
    Upvoted Feb 16
  • John T.
    John TylerAugust 14, 2012
    The iced mocha is great, and I hear that their gelato drinks are awesome. Note that they only except cash, which is kind of annoying.
  • SanDiegoStreetStyle
    SanDiegoStreetStyleSeptember 2, 2014
    They have almond milk for lattes (always a plus). The baristas are really fun and sassy here. Bummer they don't accept cards, but there's an ATM inside.
  • Sandro A.
    Sandro AlbertiFebruary 9, 2014
    I discovered that, when the espresso machine breaks down at one of the key caffès in Little Italy, there's no back-up plan! Porca la miseria!
  • Christine N.
    Christine NolanOctober 25, 2014
    Punkin pie latte is very good! Sooo much better than Starbucks (and I'm a Starbucks addict).
  • Christian B.
    Christian BaezSeptember 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    great place to study, read, or drink great coffee! makes you feel like you're in Italy! cash only. :)
  • Fernando F.
    Fernando FigueroaSeptember 14, 2014
    Simple and beautiful place. Go to the back for some relaxation.
  • jenn
    jennNovember 4, 2013
    great service. authentic Italian everything. Gelato YUM.
  • Kellie S.
    Kellie SheltonNovember 16, 2013
    Loved the pumpkin latte!! Nice and peaceful place to have coffee. Also love the fountain!
  • Rachel
    RachelDecember 13, 2012
    Best tiramisu I've ever tasted!!!
  • Izalia H.
    Izalia HarrellNovember 14, 2011
    The pastries and salads are pretty good. I love that they offer soymilk and have free wifi.
  • TJ
    TJMay 7, 2012
    Try the breakfast panini - Ham, egg and cheese on fresh rosemary bread
  • Kelsey T.
    Kelsey TomkoMarch 1, 2014
    Ask for a green tea latte! Theirs are absolutely delicious
  • Yazgan D.
    Yazgan DuranAugust 17, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    try italian panini and black coffee, its delicious!
  • Joey H.
    Joey HernandezJuly 7, 2013
    Nice spot to grab a coffee or even better.. gelato!
  • Monika O.
    Monika OessJanuary 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The mocha is amazing!!! They get their beans straight from Italy!
  • Bread S.
    Bread SunApril 12, 2014
    nice coffee! but remember, they accept cash only.
  • Igor B.
    Igor BalotskyMay 7, 2012
    Nice outdoor seating area, free wifi, cheap coffee refills. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • perr0x
    perr0xJanuary 3, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    No place like Caffe Italia to chill. Stop by & say hello to your favorite barista or chef!
  • Esri UC
    Esri UCJuly 8, 2010
    ArcGIS Developer Rupert calls this the de-facto social center of Little Italy. A great place to visit during the ESRI UC. Read more
  • Paul S.
    Paul SmithFebruary 27, 2015
    Great little cafe and they had really good desserts
  • Jennifer N.
    Jennifer NewellMarch 21, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    WiFi is still going here but the outlets seem to be covered (I guess to make sure people don't squat the whole day). 
  • Dede S.
    Dede ScangarelloApril 6, 2013
    Known for their latte's n gelato but it's alllll good
  • Roger M.
    Roger MaDecember 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    When buying creme brulee or tiramisu, the glass cup is your's to keep.
  • Dan S.
    Dan SeveranceSeptember 18, 2011
    I go for the strawberry waffle during Sunday brunch after 9:00
  • Denette
    DenetteMarch 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Excellent coffee! Try the caramel latte.
  • Beerkat (.
    Beerkat (Rover)September 3, 2011
    Best cafe to sit sown after enjoying the farmers market on Saturday.
  • perr0x
    perr0xOctober 3, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    order waffles on Sundays!stop by on Thursdays for chef Jorges world famous chili con carne, woohoo!
  • paul s.
    paul squireMarch 21, 2013
    The best pesto! Great sandwiches and coffee
  • Andrea N.
    Gelato and staff and good LaVazza coffee!!
  • Dezzie H.
    Dezzie H 🌸November 4, 2010
    Its a coffee place but their gelato is quite yummy. Try the spumoni flavor.
  • Di R.
    Di RamirezDecember 24, 2013
    Awesome cafe mocha with almond milk. Yum.
  • Denette
    DenetteApril 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Yummy coffee! (And always a pretty design)
  • Chad D.
    Chad DanneckerMarch 27, 2011
    The Canoli and espresso together are a knock out combination!
  • Comtesse D.
    The geltato blended drinks are amazing!
  • Bill G.
    Bill GiangrandeOctober 13, 2016
    The pistachio cannoli is excellent.
  • Nicolas M.
    Nicolas MasloNovember 13, 2012
    Leave the gun. Take the Cannoli.
  • Anthony J.
    Anthony JaniakAugust 25, 2011
    Great sidewalk seating and courtyard
  • Kyle
    KyleApril 16, 2013
    Bring cash. No credit cards accepted.
  • MARIAH D.
    MARIAH DUFLOTHMay 8, 2016
    Café latte with almond milk
  • Joseph B.
    Joseph BulgerSeptember 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the dirty chi iced blended... dirty = shot of espresso.
  • Amanda C.
    Amanda ColeDecember 31, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Caffe Emmiline & a cannoli. Yum!
  • Noura S.
    Noura SAugust 17, 2014
    Carmel latte double shots 😍👌
  • Emily A.
    Emily AmasonSeptember 18, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The blended chai's are the best!
  • perr0x
    perr0xSeptember 18, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    There's a new Mayor in town, I reckon you best beware!
  • Karoline P.
    Karoline PanesMay 25, 2014
    Caffe Emmeline is delicious!
  • Missy C.
    Missy CosgraveMay 9, 2010
    Ask for your latte in a coffee cup. Makes it so much better!
  • Juan T.
    Juan TorresFebruary 9, 2013
    They don't accept cards, bring cash only
  • Leeanne
    LeeanneSeptember 23, 2011
    Sit in the courtyard. Still have Belgium waffles on my to do list?
  • Jennifer J.
    Jennifer JuckettSeptember 19, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Caffe Emeline: 2 shots espresso+gelato = delicious
  • Carlo S.
    Carlo SuijkerbuijkOctober 28, 2015
    What do you think...? Espresso
  • Martin K.
    Martin KleinfeldMay 6, 2013
    Bester Cappu in Town
  • Jennifer J.
    Jennifer JuckettNovember 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Free one on the punch card- hooray!
  • Peter R.
    Peter RobinettApril 11, 2010
    Great little newspaper and magazine selection.
  • Victor S.
    Victor Santana-BanuetDecember 19, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    only thing that sucks is the !!!LIRA ONLY!!! Cash only !!! They do have an ATM ON-SITE
  • Zach W.
    Zach WillettSeptember 8, 2013
    Get a crispy square!
  • sTarLife4u 💋
    sTarLife4u 💋May 2, 2013
    They don't take cards -cash only
  • Jason N.
    Jason NNovember 28, 2013
    Cash only. See ya later.
  • Jennifer N.
    Jennifer NewellDecember 2, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    Get a bagel with pesto and cream cheese. Amaaaazing.
  • Kelly O.
    Kelly ODecember 22, 2015
    3 times now the latte has been bitter and not good :(
  • J. S.
    J. SaddyNovember 19, 2015
    Ran out of tiramisu before 5 on a Sunday :(
  • Justin L.
    Justin LawrenceAugust 11, 2010
    Make sure you get the correct change... I gave them a twenty, things got shady.
  • Jesus O.
    Jesus Ortiz DurazoSeptember 5, 2014
    Art Walk!!!
  • Charles R.
    Charles RJuly 28, 2012
    Clean the tables sometimes, gross!
  • Pork D.
    Pork DumplingMay 9, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the Belgium waffles
  • Jason O.
    Jason OgleOctober 11, 2010
    No for-here cups to support the Supremo size. Lame.
  • K-lliTa
    K-lliTaJuly 4, 2015
    Capuccino <3
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