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Filippi's Pizza Grotto

(17 Reviews)

1747 India St, San Diego, CA 92101

(619) 232-5094

Today: 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Tomorrow: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Traditional Family Recipes!

General Info
Filippi's Pizza Grotto has served traditional family recipes in the area for more than 50 years. Throughout our years of service, we use only the finest and freshest ingredients to capture the authentic Italian flavor that customers crave for in Italian dishes. Enjoy a sumptuous and satisfying Italian meal at our fine restaurant today. Enjoy a delicious dining experience at an authentic Italian restaurant today! Filippi's Pizza Grotto is a family-owned and operated Italian restaurant offering a variety of Italian food to customers in San Diego and the surrounding areas. Our menu consists of scrumptious dishes that customers will surely love.
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Regular Hours

We serve soups, salads, sandwiches, pastas, pizza, desserts and much more.
Payment method
discover, master card, all major credit cards, debit
Price Range
Mira Mesa Location: 9969 Mira Mesa Blvd. San Diego, CA | Pacific Beach Location: Garnet Ave. San Diego, CA | Little Italy Location: 1747 India St. San Diego, CA
Little Italy, Central San Diego
Authentic Italian Flavor Multiple Locations
Pasta, Pizza, Italian Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Family: Yes

Good For Groups: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Italian, European, Continental, Pizza

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average

Good for Kids: Yes


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Milaca B.


Family Style

This place has a deli out front. The restaurant is in the back . the place was slammed there was plenty of food and it was really good.

Mike Anthony


Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Italian I've had in San Diego

The food here is very good. It still doesn't compare to Chicago or New York though.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Good food. Bad service.

The food is awesome for the price. It is very secluded. gives a very italian feel. The service was absolutely horrible. The people are very rude. The older lady (with salt & pepper hair in a ponytail) that took my payment threw my receipt at me and another coworker had to apologize for her senseless rudeness. The waiter was very short and when he came around to ""check on us"" he was very quick and walked away before we could say anything. So rude! but i would definitely go back and order. it'll just be to go.

M Jean


Provided by Citysearch - 
My very first review!

Not the best, not the worst.... i personally prefer Italian Style pizza, thin crust, not a lot of sauce... Fillipis is actually pretty good. Gave it 3 starts because there seems to ALWAYS be a line out the door. LIke the Chianti bottle decor... good for families.

Tough Critic


Provided by Citysearch - 
It is what it is.

Walking ""Little Italy"", and boy is it little, we stumbled onto Fillippi's and was drawn in by the charm. A deli/grocer upfront and a restaurant in the rear. We had no problem with a wait on a Friday at noon. Loved the fresh ""small""(enough to feed four) side salad with homemade Italian dressing and lotsa vinegar peppers. A larger salad with meats is also available if you have a crowd dining with you. We ordered the Veggie pizza, and though it is not my favorie style, a little doughie and heavy on the cheese, the ingredients were fresh and of good quality.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Pizza In San Diego

This is the place I take or send all out of town friends and clients that want Great Authentic Italian Pizza.

Order the Works Pizza and have it cooked well done. It comes out with crunchy crisp crust and the best toppings and pizza sauce you have ever eaten!

Make sure you get a Antipasti to share with your table.

Still problem order a meatball its the size of a softball and really tasty!

Many locations but this is the best for Pizza maybe because the oven has been there for so long.
Enjoy! Gary



Provided by Citysearch - 
Will wait for this sause!

Love this place! Pizzas great and nice crowd.



Fillipi's is the bomb

I love pizza and my all time favorite pizza place is Fillipi's.. They pile tons of cheese on, are very generous with the portions and even their lasagna and spaghetti is good but their pizza is awesome. It is a friendly place with a great atmosphere, good service and I highly recommend this restaurant for those who want a great pizza..



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Love this place. I have been coming to San Diego for 30 years and never miss an opportunity to eat at Filippi's. I love the atmosphere and the food.



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Charm and Atmosphere Can Only Get You So Far

I had the pleasure of visiting San Diego this March for vacation and stumbled across-what many claim to be-the best Italian joint in Little Italy. Filippi's has enough quaint charm and ""red checkered tablecloth"" atmosphere to excite even the least persuaded...It's like walking into an Italian deli in the heart of NYC. The lines are often out the door for this joint, we were lucky to sit right down. Service was prompt and to the point. We decided to split a lasagna and cheese pizza, figuring this would be a sure winner. Boy, were we WRONG! The sausage and meatball lasagna was presented differently than we're accustomed to...The pasta and ricotta (no mozzarella!) were piled up in a boiled large meatball and one sausage sat on the side. Now this may be the ""traditional"" I won't cast stones on that alone. I bit into the tasted as though an entire jar of oregano had been dumped on stale hamburger meat...then formed into a hotdog. It was neither flavorful nor was a dry, lifeless piece of meat. The meatball was decent...again, much like the service it was to the point and less than spectacular...I liken it to something I would get out of an upscale TV dinner. The lack of mozzarella was disappointing...chunks of ricotta lined the lasagna pastry. It wasn't terrible by any just wasn't exciting. Again, I think my good friend Chef Boyardee could have pulled off better.
The pizza came out as well. Loaded with cheese, a hint of oregano and almost no presence of sauce. Here we come to an opinion...while the pizza wasn't bad...again, it just didn't knock my socks off. The dough was pillowy yet undercooked...leaving a spongy wet mess under the cheese. It was most similar to a piece of wonder bread that had been chewed up then spat out. Ugh.
The bill came out to just under 40.00, which included a beer. Undoubtedly too expensive for the quality of food. I just don't get it...the BEST rated spot in Little Italy? Mama Mia! you Diegans need to head north to Ventura County...we'll put that pasta and pizza to shame!

To the future entrepreneur out there looking to make it big in Little's a hint...Open a Pizza Hut...If they liked Filippi's, they'll go crazy for PASTA HUT!




quite possibly the best in the U.S.

ive been coming back for 30 years now!

every filippi's location around san diego i have been to has been equally as good too.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Pizza is soooo good!

This restaurant has been a favorite of mine since I first walked by it and was allured in by its wonderful aromas in 1983! Before 911, I would fly to San Diego from Phoenix just for the pizza and fly home the same day --- great ""road trip"". Unfortunately, the 911 security routine has made this too much of a hassle for a one day trip. But, I still travel to Filippi's several times/year --- the food is that good! Oh yeah, one more the reviewer that was turned-off because she was told to quiet her unruly kid --- I have two things to say: In more than 25 years, I have never observed any rudeness from any of the server's; the second thing I have to say is, considerate of others and take your noisy kid out of the restaurant! Anyway, if you want very good, thick crust (very good crust!) pizza, you won't be disappointed!



Provided by Citysearch - 
really good cheese sticks

I went there for the first time yesterday for lunch. Our server was really nice and the food was very tasty. The chicken salad I ordered was larger than I expected but was able to get a leftover box to take the rest home. The best part was the cheese sticks! I have never been to a restaraunt where the cheese sticks were actually meted properly! I'm used to the sticks being a minute away from being cold, but not the ones here!

There's definitely a family restaurant charm to this place, and I recommend it for a good Italian meal.



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Parents with kids: Beware!

I was very disappointed. This was one of our favorite places. We decided to go to Filippi's today after Sunday mass with our family for my husband's early birthday celebration and our anniversary. During lunch my son, 19 month old, was cranky and crying. And a lady that worked there came over and told my husband to ""plug a bottle in his mouth"". I was stunned and offended. Therefore, we will not be going there anymore.