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1602 State St, San Diego, CA 92101-2512
+1 619-238-4590
08:00 - 22:30
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Sun 08:00 - 21:30
Mon - Thu 07:00 - 21:30
Fri 07:00 - 22:30
Sat 08:00 - 22:30
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59 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Got a latte here today, excellent service, excellent staff, beautiful sandwiches and pastries. Indoor/outdoor LOVELY!!!

Thank MaryButters
Long Beach, California
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43 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

If you're wandering around the streets of little Italy in San Diego, in n out of shops, and you happen to work up a craving for a delicious snack, then you have to stop in at Pappalecco for some amazing gelato. Their gelato is just as good an anything we've had in Italy folks......they get it right! We went through... More 

Thank Matt C
Jackson, Wyoming
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34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

4.5 stars. Perfect weather with gelato and a perfectly frothed cappuccino... ahhhh San Diego, doesn't get much better.

Thank brpavey
Racine, Wisconsin
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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We read amazing reviews on Pappalecco and noted their online menu. Since we would be touring the Little Italy area and wanted a light and unique pizza experience, we chose Pappalecco. When we arrived, we were first told they no longer make pizzas. Since they had gelato and coffees, we decided to at least try their offerings. I ordered the... More 

Thank Shane B
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved this little cafe! The staff was friendly and helpful and the food was great. I tried the caprese sandwich with a side salad. The balsamic drizzle used for both was perfect. We also tried a prosciutto panini, a veggie panini, chocolate mousse, and lemon torte. Everything was fantastic. Perfect lunch spot.

Thank Brooke G
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved the namesakes panini and gelato and the Italian style coffee was fantastic! Highly recommend stopping here for a bite if you are visiting "Little Italy".

Thank Chris W
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212 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Gelato can be a holy grail, finding the real deal can require a lengthy quest. But thanks to the helpful staff at our hotel, we found Pappalecco in Little Italy. This was the real deal fellow gelato fans, and once you pay for your gelato, you can try different samples. A great place for an early evening treat for sure.

Thank KramJH
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

We walked around Little Italy after dinner and stumbled upon this little bakery cafe that had a line wrapped around the corner. I was excited to learned that it is also a gelato place. After staying in line for about 20 minutes, we finally got to order. The staff were kind enough to offer samples on the gelato. They shout... More 

Thank fay m
San Diego, California
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37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

We found this based on some online reviews. Wanted a place close to the people we were visiting. I could say it seems very Italian, but my experience of Italian gelato is limited to street vendors and window shops in several major Italian cities. I was supervising a relative in her 90s, and didn't process the sign hanging from the... More 

Thank Rateyjane
Chicago, United States
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61 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

We went with friends for a coffee break and tried their acai bowl. It's a thick smoothie topped with granola, berries and banana and honey and coconut if you choose. Great coffee, by the way.

Thank Artur A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1602 State St, San Diego, CA 92101-2512
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 619-238-4590

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?