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Filippi's Pizza Grotto

Pizzeria, Deli, and Italian Restaurant$$$$
Little Italy, San Diego
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    Mariana S.
    "The biggest and most delicious lasagna that i have ever tried!!'"(16 Tips)
    Jaime V.
    "I'm a pizza lover and in my opinion this is the Best Pizza by far."(62 Tips)
    Melonie G.
    "Gluten Free pasta fix: marinara, olives, mushrooms on corn..."(2 Tips)
    Paola P.
    "Hidden gem."(3 Tips)
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  • Lyndsi W.
    Lyndsi WinerSeptember 10, 2014
    I really wanna like this place cuz they have a great antipasto and the cheese is so good it almost chokes you it just strings till the end of time. But, their crust is too thick and it ruins it
  • Max B.heart icon on user image
    Max Blue 🚴🍔April 16, 2015
    You have to walk through a shop full of awesome italian food before you are in the restaurant. Order a cheese pizza! I have never seen such a huge amount of tasty cheese on a pizza. WONDERFUL. 😍😍😍
  • Megan B.
    Megan BrewerJuly 18, 2012
    Best food ever! Antipasta salad, ham and pineapple pizza.... Garlic bread.... By far the best food I've had in a long time! Can't wait to come back again! This is really a hidden jewel!
  • Kelly W.heart icon on user image
    Kelly WeaverAugust 23, 2016
    Great lasagna and the spaghetti and giant meatball was a hit with the 6 year old. Very fun place and great for kids of all ages.
  • Jack K.heart icon on user image
    Jack KirkDecember 16, 2012
    Hidden behind what looks to be a small convenience store is a pizza place with a cheesy and delicious 8 topping Filippi's special. Service was nice and quick, and the food was amazing.
  • Chaise K.heart icon on user image
    Chaise KahlenbeckNovember 15, 2017
    A small antipasta salad is more than enough for two, but it was delicious nonetheless. More than accommodating on toppings (split half and half), and once again a healthy portion size.
  • Paola P.
    Paola PlanasOctober 28, 2012
    Hidden gem. Looks unappealing next to all the nice restaurants on India street. You walk in and it's a nice little Italian market full of good imports and at the back is a cozy restaurant.
  • Ricardo J.heart icon on user image
    Ricardo JerezDecember 9, 2016
    You can't go wrong here!!!! Huge garlic bread, dishes are to share and an excellent service!!! Fuck all the fancy places near, this IS the place!!!
  • Mariana S.
    Mariana Silva HdezMarch 16, 2017
    Very delicious!!! The lasagna was perfect! But take care!!! Its tooooo biggghh!!! The biggest and most delicious lasagna that i have ever tried!!'
  • Deem M.
    Deem M.April 17, 2013
    The decor and presentation is whatever but food is the bomb! Lasagna is not starchy, veggie pizza is very rich, garlic bread is soft and crispy, and loved their italian salad dressing.
  • Lydia B.heart icon on user image
    Lydia BerkennouJanuary 27, 2015
    Beautiful deli and restaurant. Nice dishes and as you can see on my photo, the portion are big!
  • Saeedheart icon on user image
    SaeedSeptember 23, 2017
    1 pizza is really enough for 2, trust me. try pepperoni pizza and spaghetti with meatball
  • Priscilla S.
    Priscilla SilvaOctober 16, 2013
    I had never ended up so full aster only 2 pizza slices! Seriously, this pizza is delicious and leaves you completely satisfied. Also, service is excellent!
  • Ayman G.
    Ayman GhozaizAugust 31, 2017
    Very Italian place with simple life restaurant and supermarket family owned business for Filippi's family
  • Daron Y.
    Daron YondemAugust 16, 2017
    Based on reviews here ordered lasagna w/meat. Hardly found meat in it! My pizza was overloaded with garlic and had them do another one with less. I usually have no problem with garlic. Dissappointed.
  • Caren S.heart icon on user image
    Caren SnellJanuary 26, 2019
    Meals were outstanding and huge. Great pizza! The antipasto salad was terrific and enough for a party of 4 or more!
  • Hotel Tonight
    Hotel TonightJune 23, 2011
    A must-visit when staying at one of HotelTonight's Little Italy hotels. But go early or late to avoid crazy waits (or just spend the time stocking up on tasty vittles at the adjacent market).
  • Anna S.
    Anna SayerJune 23, 2017
    Traveling from New York, tried their Sausage and Bell Peppers pizza... Thick crust and extremely huge amount of some bad quality mozzarella cheese melted ON TOP of sausage and bell peppers. Bad pizza.
  • Mark J.
    Mark JacobsonAugust 13, 2011
    Expect a line around the outside, but the wait shouldn't take too long. Even if it is, the lasagna and pizza are more than worth it. Try the Italian wedding cookies at the deli!
  • Craig S.
    Craig Steelman.comAugust 14, 2012
    Last time I was hear it wax 30 years ago, I was eight, it was so impressive we made a point to come back, it's still amazing, worth the wait
  • Kenan S.heart icon on user image
    Kenan SeferovicSeptember 17, 2014
    We had a mushroom pizza. About 14 inches size and plenty for 2 people. Very tasty and authentic flavor.
  • David K.
    David KujawaJune 5, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Their anti-pasto salad is my favorite! Get a small, because it is HUGE! plus get a half carafe of wine, they are pretty decent with how much they put in it. So good! Aboslute favorite place!
  • Valerie D.
    Valerie DanzigNovember 11, 2013
    The BEST Spumoni Ice Cream EVER. And I don't even like Spumone. You can even buy some to take home!!!
  • D C.
    D COctober 29, 2014
    The place may seem blah or small. BUT you've gotta just go in and eat. The pizza is super fresh!!!!!!
  • Ed A.
    Ed AnzoreJune 28, 2014
    just old school italian, 64 years in business...its very tasty and reasonably priced......just a san diego classic
  • Dawn S.
    Dawn SimpsonSeptember 8, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Be prepared to wait in line......the best thing to order is the SMALL antipasto salad, 1/2 carafe of wine, and share one of the combo dinners...perfect for two people...
  • jakubikheart icon on user image
    jakubikOctober 22, 2013
    Amazing, hearty lasagna. Have it with meatballs! Or more like MEATBALL! Mahussive meatball!
  • Hostelling International
    Dont be mistaken by it looking like a shop. Prices depends on what you want. Had a pizza with most of all the toppings for $18 it was massive - Chris, (England & Wales)
  • Dan G.
    Dan GalantMarch 31, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the cheese pizza and order it slightly undercooked or "easy baked." Trust me you will love it!!
  • Gary G.heart icon on user image
    Gary G.June 30, 2014
    Delicious lasagna. The best I've ever had. Will definitely visit on next trips to San Diego.
  • Jodie R.
    Jodie RSeptember 5, 2010
    Great old world atmosphere. Food wasn't amazing but good and priced well ($7 for spagetti). Caprese was very good. Service was a little slow. Have to walk through the store to get to restaurant.
  • Kevin L.
    Kevin LambertNovember 25, 2013
    Good pizza! All one size. Tons of real mozzarella!! One pizza can feed four easily!
  • Christina G.
    Christina GazziaDecember 31, 2011
    Portions are big so you may want to share. The garlic bread was great as was the lasagna, pizza and meatballs!! Yummmmnn!!
  • Adam T.
    Adam T.April 28, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The penocha pizza pie is to die for. Try it with a side of sugar walls.
  • Brenda F.heart icon on user image
    Brenda FloresMay 28, 2016
    Lasagna with meatballs! The best, the amount of cheese every lasagna should have.
  • Adam T.
    Adam T.May 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    They have a vomitorium out back so your fatty ass can eat multiple rounds of delicious FROP food.
  • Eric B.
    Eric BrewerJuly 18, 2012
    Amazing! Amazing! Best antipasto salad ever! I'm forever indebted to my parents! Pizza is wonderful, too!!!
  • Rommel M.heart icon on user image
    Rommel MalaySeptember 20, 2017
    Amazing pizza with excellent service by Tina
  • Dar
    DarAugust 19, 2011
    Hot torpedo is awesome! Expect to stand in line for a bit, definitely worth the wait. Also a great atmosphere.
  • Joe Y.
    Joe YoungOctober 6, 2012
    The portions are huge! Split an entrée, a salad and a bottle of Chianti and you'll be happy.
  • Chucky B.
    Chucky BaerSeptember 25, 2010
    One of the hidden jewel restsurants in San Diego. If u are visiting or live here and love Italian food made fresh ans authrntically you must eat here!
  • Fritz S.heart icon on user image
    Fritz StruveJanuary 15, 2019
    Best lasagna #excellent value would rate 10 stars out of5
  • Trixiegnosis M.
    Trixiegnosis MAugust 6, 2011
    Don't be scared off by the smell of cured fish in the market. The pizza is amazing, and the market has great treats.
  • Anne S.heart icon on user image
    Anne SavolainenSeptember 9, 2014
    The pizzas are huge. Also, the spaghetti meatball is worth a try.
  • Sarah R.
    Sarah RomeroNovember 9, 2014
    Instead of eating at the grotto, we picked up some salami, bread, and drinks from the deli's fridge to munch on.
  • Luiz S.heart icon on user image
    Luiz SilvaNovember 23, 2016
    Nice house Wine! A meal is enough for two.
  • Dezzie H.heart icon on user image
    Dezzie H 🌸September 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't let the line scare you away. It goes pretty fast. Order a margarita pizza. It is super yummy and cheesy and not on the menu. Do it!
  • Nicole D.
    Nicole DemetrakMay 27, 2012
    Garlic bread and add cheese! Enough to share, even for cheesy garlic bread hogs.
  • Michael Antonio C.heart icon on user image
    Probably the best ravioli I ever ate!
  • Gina W.
    Gina WeissFebruary 4, 2012
    The original restaurant is the best! Ask for thin crust. I love the works!!
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