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Nonna, San Diego, CA
Nonna, San Diego, CA
Nonna, San Diego, CA
Nonna, San Diego, CA
Nonna, San Diego, CA

Nonna

4.6
4.6
884 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Many restaurants in Little Italy have become destinations, among them the Busalacchi family's Nonna. The rustic décor features a relaxed country-style feel throughout the restaurant, including the delightful patio. The wonderfully welcoming atmosphere celebrates yet another delicious Sicilian food lineup, including pizzas and all that you would expect from an authentic Italian menu. The terrific entrées show the Sicilian influence, and fill the restaurant with great aromas.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 18 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Pizzeria
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Sat, Sun 8:30 am–12:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 3:30 pm–10:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 234-1735
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Private party facilities
    We have an outdoor patio that can seat up to 50 people.
  • Private party contact
    Lexi Pallozzi: (619) 234-1735
  • Neighbourhood
    Little Italy
  • Cross Street
    Date St.
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Entertainment
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 884 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

884 Reviews
  1. Fauscama

    San Diego

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    1) Great Service. Efficient. 2) Great Service. Friendly. 3) Great Service. Bilingual (: 4) Kitchen: Fast. 5) Food: Good, big dishes, kids love it. Try the pizza. 6) Location: Little Italy 7) Value. 8) Parking can be a challenge.

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  2. Lynn

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I enjoy eating here when I’m in town. The food is always fresh and the staff is great.

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  3. KeithF

    Salt Lake City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great Italian cuisine.Restaurant also has an Italian bakery inside. Nothing better than fresh tiramisu and cannolis after a wonderful Italian meal.

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  4. RutviV

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We ordered the penne pasta and the sauce was water down, little to no taste, did not take even 2 bites.

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  5. RodN

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food and and service. We sat outside and staff fired up the heaters to make us comfortable. The only negative was the panhandlers coming around for $$$. It no fault of the restaurant; just our inept state and local government not effectively managing the homelessness crisis.

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  6. RenaeM

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, great wine at reasonable prices with wonderful ambience.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everyone enjoyed their meal—the salmon, a couple of chicken dishes, and clams. We liked the back patio as it was quieter.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Panama City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Super rushed. Rushed to order, rushed to eat, rushed to pay, and rushed to leave. Decent food

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  9. MustafaB

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good ambience, excellent pizza, highly recommended

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  10. Chrendy

    Detroit

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a great dining experience at Nonna. Our waitress (Margaret) was customer focused, a person nice, patient and very competent. We had drinks, bread, sea bass, and the Nonna spaghetti. Everything was prepared perfectly and was delicious. We ended our meal with a drink and a few cookies that were being sold on the other side of the restaurant. Margaret was kind enough to bring us what we bought from that area. In short, we highly recommend Nonna. Ask for Margaret!! Keep the great work!

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  11. NancyP

    Tucson

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun meal. Had not been there before, and was pleasantly surprised. Nice casual vibe, good service, some nice menu items. A really successful blend of traditional and more current Italian food trends. Love the bakery case, fun to pick our dessert pastries. Would definitely eat here again next time we’re in San Diego.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    High quality food, great service and fantastic staff! Highly recommended

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  13. KymM

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    They accommodated changes to our reservation, seated right away, staff were friendly, food delicious, great..

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food but get ready for the street talent to invade your space if you eat outside.

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  15. RamonaL

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Love the food!! Great energy in Little Italy. Always enjoy it.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice restaurant with friendly waiters and a fun vibe. Food was great! Very accommodating for my celiac girlfriend

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  17. SharonS

    New York City

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We decided on Nonna’s after reading reviews on various social media sites. We wanted good pizza. The capresse was just ok. The tomato’s were not ripe The pizza was probably the worst we have ever had. We ordered artichoke and prosciutto It was uncooked. Sloppy and just awful. We never send food back so we ate what we could , paid and left. Never again and as we walked through the streets we noticed many other outdoor restaurants serving delicious looking pie.

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  18. NikonNut

    San Diego

    54 reviews

    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall very good! Exactly what they are trying to be, straight forward Italian comfort food. One of our go-to places for a nice lunch or early dinner.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service! Best cannoli ever! Actually got to watch a rocket launch during dinner as an added bonus! Highly recommend!

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  20. SusieQ

    Minneapolis

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    So many choices in Little Italy San Diego. Nonna's remains truly Italian from the serve staff to the food. Sitting out front of Nonna's every morning are groups of older Italian men visiting in their native language, laughing, and enjoying their social time. The Italian pastries (made in house) are always fresh and delicious especially paired with an espresso or strong coffee. I recently had linguine with clams-one of my favorites) and it did not disappoint. My husband always gets spaghetti and meatballs made with Nonna's Sunday sauce. It's not trendy, it's not over-expensive, it's just darn good food. Give it try.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was so delicious we ate there twice during a 5 day trip

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  22. ELENA

    San Diego

    104 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    104 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food and Margaret is the best waitress. Always has great specials Highly recommend Nonna’s to everyone.

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  23. MiguelE

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great tasting food, high quality. Very authentic. Good service.

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  24. WillnAli

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nonna’s was a very good dining experience for an early Sunday dinner. We sat out on the patio, which had great people watching seats. Nonna’s bolognese pasta was delicious!! Adding the meatballs for a little extra is an absolute must!! The sausage pizza was also fantastic. The sauce had a little kick to it, yum!! The crust was a perfect amount of crispiness and soft, hard to explain, just really good. The appetizer wasn’t the best bruschetta we’ve had, and only 3 pieces. But overall, we will definitely be dining there again in the near future.

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  25. MichelleV

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We sat on the patio with the plastic walls, it was not the ambience I was hoping for. The inside was charming this wish we would have been seated there. The service was marginal, we had a waiter who was sarcastic and inattentive for the most part. The appetizer and meal was good, not excellent. The dessert options were very good and fun!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Over priced food because of area, I wish I went somewhere else. I know there’s real Italian on the street. I feel like Nonna catfishes and than disappoints with food. Pizza was American boof, pasta low-to mid, tiramisu good, calamari was rubber and not crispy or well breaded. Not for a refined date night, maybe a cheap one.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service and food was excellent! Great location.

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  28. CC1169

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was outstanding. Waitress was great, she gave great advice and all suggestions were great

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and good service during a Friday evening.

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  30. DiPy

    Kansas City

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very friendly and welcoming people. We were seated promptly with our reservation. Our server came quickly with a smile and water. We started with the Caprese and it was outstanding. The tomatoes were perfect and the presentation was impressive. For dinner, we ordered the pesto gnocchi and the carbonara. Honestly, I have had pesto gnocchi in many places in Italy and this was the best I have had BY FAR. Run, don't walk to this restaurant. You won't be disappointed!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Miami - Dade

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent, however our server experience was pretty poor. She had friends that had walked by and stood outside with them for over 10 minutes just chatting right in front of us as we were clearly waiting for her to take our order 

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  32. pedrob

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, fast service, awesome experience , would return

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  33. CBumper

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, friendly staff and everything was delicious…from appetizers to dessert

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  34. Jolal

    Boise

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful in all ways. Great location and food. Great service. Lasagne was amazing.

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  35. ChicagoGuyOz

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice spot, good staff. Dinner was wonderful. We had the pesto gnocchi, spaghetti, and a seafood pasta with a red sauce and focaccia bread. Everything fresh and flavorful. My favorite item was the pesto gnocchi. Prime pesto sauce and the gnocchi was prepared perfectly. Our waitress was attentive and friendly. Good red wine, forgot to note the name but it was the the waitresses recommendation, some type of cab. I ordered a piece of lemon cannoli cake from the desert, pastry and gelato counter on the way out. Just the right of amount of zing and zest from the lemon mixed with the sweetness of the cannoli frosting and softness of the cake itself. Only suggestions that could be considered for a slight improvement would be: 1)some type of complimentary bread basket with olive oil and butter brought out with water when you’re sat at your table. 2) I was bummed they did not carry blue cheeses stuffed olives for martinis. That’s a key ingredient (at least for my dad and I) when we have one. So we opted to get wine instead, which was still very good! 8.6/10 overall rating - great spot would recommend!

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  36. Randy

    Chicago

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nonna is our favorite Italian restaurant in Little Italy in San Diego. On this trip, we had gnocchi and eggplant parmigiana. Both were excellent, and the service was fast and friendly. We will definitely be back.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The main reason you go to a restaurant is the FOOD - and in this case it was outstanding - the service was efficient and friendly - the price was very reasonable and overall it was a great experience

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and food was superb. Had a really great experience

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  39. BobbieP

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just darn good, home style Italian cooking every time. Always delicious.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Memphis

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for lunch and the experience was amazing. Great food and service.

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FAQs

Nonna offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 234-1735.

Nonna is rated 4.6 stars by 884 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 18 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Nonna

1735 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Date St.
  • Neighbourhood
    Little Italy
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Sat, Sun 8:30 am–12:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 3:30 pm–10:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Pizzeria
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Entertainment
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (619) 234-1735
  • Private party facilities
    We have an outdoor patio that can seat up to 50 people.
  • Private party contact
    Lexi Pallozzi: (619) 234-1735
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