Filippi's Pizza Grotto

★★★★☆
32.7234 -117.168
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619-232-5095

1747 India St

San Diego, CA

92101

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Hours
Sunday To Monday From 11:00 AM To 10:00 PM Tuesday To Thursday From 11:00 AM To 10:30 PM Friday To Saturday From 11:00 AM To 11:30 PM

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just a classic restaurant. The food is pretty good. Can find better elsewhere, but the deli and the experience is great. Plan on waiting in a very long, but moderately fast moving line.

5
★★★★★

just a classic restaurant. The food is pretty good. Can find better elsewhere, but the deli and the experience is great. Plan on waiting in a very long, but moderately fast moving line.

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Fillipis pizza is one of the best if not the best pizzarias in San Diego. It is affordable and is family friendly. Fillipis is an excellent place to hang out with friends and have drinks, or take the family for authentic Iltalian food.

5
★★★★★

Fillipis pizza is one of the best if not the best pizzarias in San Diego. It is affordable and is family friendly. Fillipis is an excellent place to hang out with friends and have drinks, or take the family for authentic Iltalian food.

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This is my favorite pizza place anywhere! I used to think Round Table Pizza was the bomb, but this place is so much better.

The pizza is absolutely covered with cheese, I mean a lot of cheese. The crust is perfect and when you add the toppings, you can't go wrong.

I would give this place 5 stars, but it is really dated. The place is loud but still a great time. I usually prefer to eat in, since the pizza always tastes the best right out of the oven.

4
★★★★☆

This is my favorite pizza place anywhere! I used to think Round Table Pizza was the bomb, but this place is so much better.

The pizza is absolutely covered with cheese, I mean a lot of cheese. The crust is perfect and when you add the toppings, you can't go wrong.

I would give this place 5 stars, but it is really dated. The place is loud but still a great time. I usually prefer to eat in, since the pizza always tastes the best right out of the oven.

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I have been going to Fillipi's since I was a teenager, now my daughter is a teenager and she loves it even more so. Atmosphere is beautiful and the employees are outstanding!
Little Italy has grown soooo much!

5
★★★★★

I have been going to Fillipi's since I was a teenager, now my daughter is a teenager and she loves it even more so. Atmosphere is beautiful and the employees are outstanding!
Little Italy has grown soooo much!

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I came here with a group of friends. We all shared a couple pizzas and a bottle of wine and ended up having a great time. It's definitely something I would plan to do again in the near future. There are so many great pizza places out there, this is one to add near the top of the list.

5
★★★★★

I came here with a group of friends. We all shared a couple pizzas and a bottle of wine and ended up having a great time. It's definitely something I would plan to do again in the near future. There are so many great pizza places out there, this is one to add near the top of the list.

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The pizza here is delicious. The service is decent. One of the waitresses is good looking which is a plus. 5*

5
★★★★★

The pizza here is delicious. The service is decent. One of the waitresses is good looking which is a plus. 5*

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I thought the food was great the place does not have the fancy atmosphere that some places charge you for but the Food looked great, smelled great and most of all tasted GREAT. The line to get a table was out the door on a Thursday Night. Best place in town I would highly recommend you go at least once. Family owned felt like I stepped into Italy.

4
★★★★☆

I thought the food was great the place does not have the fancy atmosphere that some places charge you for but the Food looked great, smelled great and most of all tasted GREAT. The line to get a table was out the door on a Thursday Night. Best place in town I would highly recommend you go at least once. Family owned felt like I stepped into Italy.

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They have several locations around downtown and Mission Valley and very convenient to our home, but, food is mediocre. Their well known for their pizza and submarine sandwiches, but there are better choices around. Atmosphere leaves alot to be desired but many families gather here.

3
★★★☆☆

They have several locations around downtown and Mission Valley and very convenient to our home, but, food is mediocre. Their well known for their pizza and submarine sandwiches, but there are better choices around. Atmosphere leaves alot to be desired but many families gather here.

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You finally made it to the North County...Encinitas..WOOHOO. I thought that I would not be able tp taste that beautiful sauce ever again...when I lived in the Southbay area my family would frequent the restaurant in Chula Vista...my kiddos crave your pizza..me too ..and the price is always right..thanks again!!!!

5
★★★★★

You finally made it to the North County...Encinitas..WOOHOO. I thought that I would not be able tp taste that beautiful sauce ever again...when I lived in the Southbay area my family would frequent the restaurant in Chula Vista...my kiddos crave your pizza..me too ..and the price is always right..thanks again!!!!

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My family has been going to Filippis for more than thirty five years. We have always enjoyed the quaint atmosphere and the wonderful Italian food. we could not walk through the deli without buying something.

5
★★★★★

My family has been going to Filippis for more than thirty five years. We have always enjoyed the quaint atmosphere and the wonderful Italian food. we could not walk through the deli without buying something.

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Ok so you might have to wait in a line if you get there late but the atmosphere and food are totally worth it. This is some of the best Italian food I've ever had. It reminds me of what my grandfather used to cook for me when I was little.

PROS: Atmosphere
CONS: The Wait

4
★★★★☆

Ok so you might have to wait in a line if you get there late but the atmosphere and food are totally worth it. This is some of the best Italian food I've ever had. It reminds me of what my grandfather used to cook for me when I was little.

PROS: Atmosphere
CONS: The Wait

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I agree with the other positive reviews here. My family and I tried Filippi's for the first time last week, and what a great surprise it was! The ambience and yummy garlic bread kept the kids (ages 6 & 3) happy until the pizza came, and the pizza was top-notch in every aspect: crust, sauce, cheese, lots of toppings, hot.... The sausage could have been a bit spicier, but that's OK. Their *ground* crushed red pepper adds whatever spice you need. (We bought a couple jars to take home.) They have free parking just north of the restaurant, and dinner for the 4 of us came to $28 with tip, including a pint of Karl Strauss for me.

I'm picky about my pizza, and this is the BEST traditional pizza I've ever tasted. Being from the Chicago area, I still prefer a good Chicago-style pizza to anything else, but aside from that, Filippi's can't be beat.

P.S. Take home a package of pizzelle cookies from the market too!

PROS: the food, the food, the food, the pricing
CONS: the cramped waiting area (no big deal)

5
★★★★★

I agree with the other positive reviews here. My family and I tried Filippi's for the first time last week, and what a great surprise it was! The ambience and yummy garlic bread kept the kids (ages 6 & 3) happy until the pizza came, and the pizza was top-notch in every aspect: crust, sauce, cheese, lots of toppings, hot.... The sausage could have been a bit spicier, but that's OK. Their *ground* crushed red pepper adds whatever spice you need. (We bought a couple jars to take home.) They have free parking just north of the restaurant, and dinner for the 4 of us came to $28 with tip, including a pint of Karl Strauss for me.

I'm picky about my pizza, and this is the BEST traditional pizza I've ever tasted. Being from the Chicago area, I still prefer a good Chicago-style pizza to anything else, but aside from that, Filippi's can't be beat.

P.S. Take home a package of pizzelle cookies from the market too!

PROS: the food, the food, the food, the pricing
CONS: the cramped waiting area (no big deal)

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This little local secret spot has definately become quite the busy place. I found out about this place 3-4 years ago by complete accident and have eaten there ever since. I don't believe I have gone more than two weeks without ordering pizza from fillippi's. Beware of looong lines durring the evening. The lines do go relatively fast, but if you want to avoid them all together try going either early (around 4-5:00) or after 8:30. If you are visiting San Diego for the first time this resturant is and a walk through Little Italy is one of those "must do" things

PROS: Great Food, Nice people, Great Prices
CONS: Lines can be long

5
★★★★★

This little local secret spot has definately become quite the busy place. I found out about this place 3-4 years ago by complete accident and have eaten there ever since. I don't believe I have gone more than two weeks without ordering pizza from fillippi's. Beware of looong lines durring the evening. The lines do go relatively fast, but if you want to avoid them all together try going either early (around 4-5:00) or after 8:30. If you are visiting San Diego for the first time this resturant is and a walk through Little Italy is one of those "must do" things

PROS: Great Food, Nice people, Great Prices
CONS: Lines can be long

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When I first are here we had to wait in a line that was out the restaurant, through the little Italian deli and out the door. Surprisingly, the line moved fast and the delicious smells definately got you an appetite by the time you sat down. Fresh bread was brought to the table. The prices are low and portions are generous. I definately had enought leftover pasta to have a second meal. I would classify this as a good family or friends restaurant.

4
★★★★☆

When I first are here we had to wait in a line that was out the restaurant, through the little Italian deli and out the door. Surprisingly, the line moved fast and the delicious smells definately got you an appetite by the time you sat down. Fresh bread was brought to the table. The prices are low and portions are generous. I definately had enought leftover pasta to have a second meal. I would classify this as a good family or friends restaurant.

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I absolutely love Filippis, and come back as often as I can talk other people into going with me. I am a bit of a spaghetti person, and I love their sauce.

4
★★★★☆

I absolutely love Filippis, and come back as often as I can talk other people into going with me. I am a bit of a spaghetti person, and I love their sauce.

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Filippis has been around for many years and is one of my favorite italian restaurants! Outstanding pizza and wonderful bread. The antipasto is great too. In fact, just about anything you order off the menu is outstanding.

5
★★★★★

Filippis has been around for many years and is one of my favorite italian restaurants! Outstanding pizza and wonderful bread. The antipasto is great too. In fact, just about anything you order off the menu is outstanding.

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This is one of those places that could be considered the cornerstone of San Diego. It's the kind of place that your grandmother (provided your grandmother was born in Italy) would be comfortable taking you down to, in order to go grocery shopping, and lunch. When you walk in the door, you are in an Italian grocery store - they have a large selection of Italian food, as they have since 1950.

If you walk down the aisle, you'll find yourself in a very busy Italian restaurant. It's a little on the loud side, but loud is what Italians do best (besides cook). The have several large rooms inside to dine in, or a large, enclosed patio where you could definitely fit a large party (and they do often). They offer fabulous pizza, torpedos, antipastos, and all sorts of other great Italian food. This is a great place to go with your family.

One of the most notable things about the restaurant, that I have to mention, is the hundreds of chianti bottles attached to the ceiling.

PROS: Best Place in Little Italy for Italian Food
CONS:

5
★★★★★

This is one of those places that could be considered the cornerstone of San Diego. It's the kind of place that your grandmother (provided your grandmother was born in Italy) would be comfortable taking you down to, in order to go grocery shopping, and lunch. When you walk in the door, you are in an Italian grocery store - they have a large selection of Italian food, as they have since 1950.

If you walk down the aisle, you'll find yourself in a very busy Italian restaurant. It's a little on the loud side, but loud is what Italians do best (besides cook). The have several large rooms inside to dine in, or a large, enclosed patio where you could definitely fit a large party (and they do often). They offer fabulous pizza, torpedos, antipastos, and all sorts of other great Italian food. This is a great place to go with your family.

One of the most notable things about the restaurant, that I have to mention, is the hundreds of chianti bottles attached to the ceiling.

PROS: Best Place in Little Italy for Italian Food
CONS:

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Love this place! Pizzas great and nice crowd.

5
★★★★★

Love this place! Pizzas great and nice crowd.

Pros: Love the sause

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Long line not worth the wait.

1
★☆☆☆☆

Long line not worth the wait.

Pros: Pizza is always delicious

Cons: The line is stupid

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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.

5
★★★★★

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.

Pros: Best Italian food anywhere!

Cons: none

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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 mess...one large meatball and one sausage sat on the side. Now this may be the "traditional" way...so I won't cast stones on that alone. I bit into the sausage...it 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 moist...it 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 stretch....it 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 Italy...here's a hint...Open a Pizza Hut...If they liked Filippi's, they'll go crazy for PASTA HUT!

-SEWO

2
★★☆☆☆

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 mess...one large meatball and one sausage sat on the side. Now this may be the "traditional" way...so I won't cast stones on that alone. I bit into the sausage...it 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 moist...it 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 stretch....it 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 Italy...here's a hint...Open a Pizza Hut...If they liked Filippi's, they'll go crazy for PASTA HUT!

-SEWO

Pros: The quaint charm of a NYC deli/restaurant

Cons: Uhhh...the food itself!!!

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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 thing...to 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, Lady...be 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!

5
★★★★★

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 thing...to 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, Lady...be 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!

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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.

4
★★★★☆

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.

Pros: great cheese sticks!

Cons: very "busy" decorations

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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.

1
★☆☆☆☆

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.

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Family-owned and -run, this is the original pizza parlor in San Diego's Little Italy. We like to do a bit of shopping in the store up front that stocks a good selection of Italian gastronomy---from Sicilian olives to dried salami to…

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