Little Italy’s Incoming Piazza della Famiglia Creates Exclusive Opportunity in San Diego’s Premier Dining Destination


Highly sought-after marquee restaurant space available in the heart of the historic fishing community turned cultural epicenter

San Diego, CA (Sept. 12, 2017) – Little Italy, San Diego’s internationally-recognized gastronomic destination, is welcoming the arrival of Piazza della Famiglia. This European-inspired community gathering place will be a 24-hour hub for pedestrian activity – a rare intersection where a must-visit cultural attraction meets the perpetual flow of new and familiar faces. The new development features an unprecedented opportunity for a restaurateur to secure the prime 4,593 square-foot marquee Little Italy restaurant space serving as the cornerstone for a groundbreaking mixed-use project. The signature restaurant space is highlighted by an expansive wraparound patio and is the focal point of the 11,000 square-foot Piazza, located directly on Little Italy’s main thoroughfare with a clear vantage of the San Diego Bay.

“Piazza della Famiglia will be an important addition to the community, and will be a place for both locals and travelers to truly experience the iconic charm of Little Italy,” said locally based developer H.G. Fenton’s Senior Development Director, John LaRaia. “The last available restaurant space in the Piazza is an exciting opportunity for a culinary visionary ready to make a big splash in the San Diego food scene in an area that generates some of the highest restaurant sales volume in the city.”

Ranked a Top 10 Neighborhood for Millennials by Forbes, Little Italy is already lauded as a culinary hotbed where celebrity chefs — including Richard Blais (Juniper & Ivy, The Crack Shack) and Brian Malarkey (Herb & Wood) — have chosen to invest. The Piazza’s opening presents a rare chance for restaurateurs to build their brand on perhaps the most notable block of a vibrant neighborhood known for attracting discerning palates, curious culinary newcomers, tourists and San Diegans alike.

Additionally, the Little Italy Association will activate the Piazza year-round with programming to highlight the unifying community space and celebrate the rich history of the area. Now the largest Little Italy neighborhood in the country, it was originally established as a thriving immigrant fishing community and market in the early 1900’s. The Piazza will stay true to the sophisticated authenticity the neighborhood is known for, while continuing to solidify its position as the premier San Diego destination for dining, shopping and nightlife.

The latest project from San Diego-based H.G. Fenton Company, Piazza della Famiglia will be a central gathering place to host farmers’ markets, concerts, cultural events, and more in the heart of San Diego’s Little Italy. The mixed-use buildings, Vici and Amo, will feature 125 apartments over 17,720 square feet of retail and restaurants, a food hall and underground parking for both restaurant customers and the general public. Piazza della Famiglia will serve to unite an already thriving area with its 11,000-square-foot European-inspired courtyard, rooted in the history and authenticity of the neighborhood, and dedicated to the past, present, and future families of the Little Italy community.

A family-owned San Diego real estate company, H.G. Fenton has proudly entered its second century of service providing quality working and living experiences through responsible development and management practices. H.G. Fenton Company creates lifestyle opportunities where employees flourish, residents live well, and businesses succeed for over 1,100 businesses, and across 14 apartment communities totaling over 3,300 homes in San Diego County. For more information, visit