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San Diego Restaurants

Buon Appetito

  • 1609 India St. Map It
  • Little Italy
  • Italian

Updated 10/21/2014

Fodor's Review

This charmer serves old world–style cooking in a casual cozy environment in vibrant Little Italy. For a more relaxed meal, choose a table on the sidewalk; inside, the dining room is livelier, and jammed with local art and fellow diners. Baked eggplant in a mozzarella-topped tomato sauce is a dream of a dish—tomato sauce doesn't get better than this. Other favorite options include the linguine with fresh clams, mussels, scallops, and shrimp; a hearty cioppino; and an expert osso bucco. The wine list is affordable and young Italian waiters’ good humor makes this a fun experience.

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1609 India St., San Diego, California, 92101, United States

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Updated 10/21/2014


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By suzan62

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Jun 6, 2012

Buon Appetito Review

My husband & I took a chance several years ago on this restaurant. We could have gone to any one of many Italian restaurants in "Little Italy" but we chose Buon Appetito. What a treasure we found! This place has the most excellent Italian food we've had in many years. I was raised in NY where I was exposed to wonderful Italian food and I think Buon Appetito is right up there with the best. The pasta is homemade. The salad is very fresh. The tiramisu

is so wonderful it practically floats off the plate! I HIGHLY recommend this restaurant. Make a reservation if you go on the weekend. We were just there on a Thursday night around 8:00 & had no problem getting in

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Apr 7, 2008

Sun Dried Tomatoes?

I took my wife to Buon Appetito for her birthday, based on recommendations from her friend and from this site. I ordered Linguini Boscomare - Linguini with shrimp, scallops, and sun dried tomatoes. The 5 shrimp were big and good. The scallops were miniscule pieces, maybe 10 of them about 3/8 inch across. Not even sure the little white things were even scallops. My main complaint is the sun dried tomatoes. They were salty, chewy little chunks I assume

were sun dried tomatoes - No tomato taste whatsoever. I expected sun dried tomatoes that taste like sweet little dried tomato morsels. They ruined the dish. The place is very crowded and noisy, but the atmosphere is pleasant and waiters are friendly and attentive. By the way, my wife had shrimp on spinach. She liked it. I tried the vegetables that came with her shrimp and spinach - broccoli and carrots with no flavor. May have been steamed and under heat lamp a long time.

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