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  • Welcome to Little Italy!

  • ... alright. Hahaha!

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  • Welcome to Little Italy!

  • Hahaha... we always laugh. Sorry.

  • Oh, am I doing it first? Hahaha!

  • Yeah.

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  • Welcome to Little Italy!

  • I can't even say "Little Italy" right now.

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  • Welcome to Little Italy!

  • So today we are going to hang out around Little Italy.

  • Well, actually the weekend. We're spending the weekend here.

  • And we're in Little Italy, San Diego. I know there's a bunch of Little Italys.

  • Yeah, the one in San Diego. I live in San Diego and Crystal is visiting from Florida

  • but I actually have never really checked out Little Italy.

  • I've been kind of waiting to check it out when Crystal's here

  • because I want that same experience that she gets like you know, everything's for the first time.

  • So we're gonna go check out some restaurants and cafes.

  • I know there's a lot of good pizza places around here.

  • Obviously, hahaha.

  • Cafes - there's a ton of cafes.

  • Oh and gelato!

  • And I love it here because there's a lot of seating outside

  • and the weather in San Diego is perfect almost all year round so it's a great place to sit outside.

  • So nice.

  • Just enjoy the views - you can see the ocean from here.

  • So we're gonna go check it out now and you can follow us along on all of our exploration today of Little Italy.

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  • Someone's sleeping, hahaha

  • "That Red Chair" hahaha

  • You did it!

  • So we just saw the um... what was it called? That Big Red Chair in SD

  • so gotta take a photo there of course like everybody.

  • All these store locations always has that big chair that people have to take pictures in

  • so of course we had to do that.

  • These are Little Italy's legends.

  • Rose and Salvatore Cresci

  • they're cofounders of the Italian-American social event in San Diego

  • so that's why they're the stars... er, the legends.

  • So this is a little map here. Where are we, Candy?

  • Oh, we're right here.

  • That's where we are. And we're gonna go this way?

  • Yeah because this is all India Street.

  • Ok so this is Born and Raised. It's a steak restaurant.

  • It is amazing in there. I think it took them 3 years to build or a little bit longer.

  • But the amazing thing is they spent over 6.5 million dollars building this place

  • and you can tell that it was worth that much because it's very grand in there

  • and their bar upstairs, it overlooks Little Italy.

  • Usually they open at 5:00, I think, from what Candy was saying.

  • I think that's what I saw it online and I'm like 5?

  • Yeah but we want to be up on the rooftop before the sunset because the sunset's at 4:30

  • so she just asked the hostess what time they open and she said 4 so we'll definitely go there by 4.

  • Here's a beer... brewery eatery place.

  • Awww, hi!

  • Awww hey cuties.

  • Oh my goodness, look at that face.

  • Found another legend. This is Renata and Stefano Brunetto. Let's see what they did.

  • They look like a happy couple.

  • Yeah, they look very happy.

  • Oh. They opened the first Mona Lisa restaurant

  • this famous place here.

  • That car is kind of in the way.

  • So Candy was telling me that the Mona Lisa Italian Foods Restaurant is pretty popular.

  • Yeah, that's why their legends here because they opened the legendary Mona Lisa restaurant.

  • Let's go check it out.

  • Ok.

  • Are you guys doing like a tour thing or what?

  • Yes, we are.

  • That's cool! Of this area?

  • Yup, of Little Italy.

  • Are you from here or are you just visiting?

  • CRYSTAL: I'm visiting my sister.

  • CANDY: Yeah but I live here.

  • CRYSTAL: I'm from Florida.

  • Oh. You're from here?

  • Well, not from here but I live here now. Yeah, currently.

  • Oh cool, well, welcome. It's a nice area.

  • Oh, it's really packed in here.

  • There's breads and stuff.

  • Oh yeah, I see the bread. And a deli.

  • It's very popular.

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  • So we're inside Mona Lisa Italian Foods and when we pass by with all these people in there

  • and we also saw - throughout Little Italy they have like these little plaques of Italian legends

  • and one of them was near this restaurant - or the little market.

  • So they started Little Italy Foods in 1956 and have been here ever since

  • and now they are three generations in and it's still family-run

  • and very popular. Everybody's at the deli getting some stuff.

  • And they also have a restaurant next door.

  • And we came walking in here and everybody's super friendly and they're like

  • Oh hey! What are you guys doing?

  • So we love the vibe here.

  • This is made in Italy, this pasta.

  • I mean all these noodles look really good actually.

  • They got lots of ricotta cheese

  • Beer. Lots of beer. They have some wines too that I saw earlier.

  • But yeah, lots of different kinds of pasta

  • so if you're looking for Italian ingredients, this is probably the place to go.

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  • **plane's loud jet engine**

  • That's why you can't fly drones here.

  • That was super close!

  • So close!

  • It says hashtag Star Wars up there.

  • Whaaaat!? This is so pretty!

  • Look at how nice it is in here.

  • Oh my goodness. They did such a great job with the Christmas decoration.

  • Yeah, it's beautiful.

  • Oh wow.

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  • **plane's loud jet engine**

  • It really is crazy how close it is.

  • Yes. Very, very close.

  • Ok, movin' on.

  • Here it is. Here's James Coffee.

  • This is James Coffee. They actually have several locations in San Diego

  • and this is their Little Italy location.

  • It's a pretty interesting coffee place because around it are these little boutique shops and a barber shop.

  • The one thing I like about James coffee which really has nothing to do with coffee

  • is I really love their logo hahaha

  • I'm not a fan of owls or anything. I don't know why. There's something about their logo that I really like.

  • That's the logo there. The owl. Is that it? That's the owl?

  • There's the owl there too.

  • Oh ok.

  • And there's the barber shop right next to it. Urban Shave.

  • this whole area is the hangout where you can drink your coffee and stuff

  • and they have glasses here.

  • If you need some glasses.

  • And there's a small boutique store here.

  • It's mainly men's fashion here. It's probably why the vibe is pretty - male type of vibes

  • kinda dark and grungy hahaha

  • but I like it!

  • They do have one that's more female-oriented over here.

  • And if you go a little bit further down - if you're a coffee connoisseur, they have a shop there

  • with a bunch of coffee gadgets - I guess if you want to call them gadgets

  • but I know a lot of men are into their coffee, drip coffee, coffee grinder

  • cause they got some fancy ones here if you're into that kind of stuff.

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  • Oh my gosh these are all mug shots of celebrities

  • it's like Rick James.

  • And there's Mick Jagger.

  • yeah Jagger.

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  • Alright, so we just kind of like hit the end of... what road is this, Candy? India?

  • India Street.

  • India Street. It's where El Camino is.

  • They actually have a cool wall over there so we took some pictures.

  • I really like the design of this building.

  • I've never been there and it's closed right now so they must not be open until dinner hours.

  • Or maybe they're closed for the holidays. Who knows.

  • Oh, possibly yeah.

  • But then they have cute little stores like this next door.

  • I like their clothes and their little...

  • lots of plants.

  • I really, really love these creeper glasses.

  • He he he ha ~~~

  • Candy suggested I go on a scooter with this. What do you think? Hahaha!

  • I think we'll be the talk of the town!

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  • Look at this green gyoza.

  • What is that?

  • Vegetable...

  • Looks like original ramen...

  • They have a lunch special where you order ramen with a side

  • and my side is the veggie gyoza which I've never had a veggie gyoza so...

  • Give this a shot.

  • It's not bad but I do enjoy regular pork gyoza more.

  • What's different is that it's not crunchy. And I'm used to a little bit more of a crunch when I have gyoza.

  • Not bad.

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