Almost like the real thing

To accidentally celebrate our Italy trip anniversary, we spent the afternoon in a spot we’re determined to visit more often.

Little italy

(Our travel agent commented on our Instagram that it was one year ago that we went to Rome and Positano. Some Italy tips are here, too! I’ve thought about it every day since; I’m itching to go back, and can confidently say it’s my favorite place in the world.)

I knew it was going to be good when I got out of the car and heard a group of men arguing and joking boisterously in Italian.

My immediate thought, “Where is the pizza?”

Right heeeeere.


There’s something truly magical about pizza with an egg cracked in the middle. In my mind, just for a little while, I could hear the live accordion music and remember the equally cheap and delicious house wine. 

We also got this salad to share:


(romaine, chicken, chickpeas, house dressing)

along with calamari and cannoli for dessert. Insert lame “When in Rome..” joke here. 🙂

While I was looking for a place to park, I saw so many incredible shops and restaurants. Our mission: to make our way through them over the next three years. 

The bay

We also had a great morning at the park with Whitney and Wynston (who just turned one yesterday!)

Livi swinging

and making Playdoh statues. 

I wanted to share a salad I’ve been enjoying lately, especially since it’s a refreshing twist on the usual lettuce salads. I like to have a large salad at least once a day, whether it’s for a meal or side dish. The other day, I picked up an awesome kale and dulse salad from the co-op and was instantly inspired to use the bag of dulse that’s been hanging out in the pantry,

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I sliced a peeled English cucumber into thin slices,

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and then added 1 tablespoon white vinegar, 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt, pepper and sesame seeds. Super simple, and very delicious. 

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I ate a ton of dulse while I was pregnant -it’s very salty and a great source of iron- but it had fallen off the radar for a while. It was nice to be reminded of how great it is on salads as a boost of flavor and nutrients.

Hope you have a wonderful night!



Any Little Italy faves here in San Diego? Have you tried dulse before? Are you a seaweed fan or notsomuch?

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  1. Emily on September 10, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    I love that idea about going to the shops over the next three years, so cute! The pizza looks delicious too!

  2. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on September 10, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    I’ve never tried Dulse before, but I do love seaweed. Last time we were in SD, we ate at a place called Trattoria in Little Italy. Not sure if that was were you went, but it was delicious!

  3. Amanda on September 10, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    I highly recommend Filippi’s- It’s really cheap and so good. Often times, there’s a line out the door… always a good sign!

    • Fitnessista on September 10, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      always a good sign! excited to check it out

  4. Jane on September 10, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    I am going to rome next month-do you recommend the hotel you stayed at?? Would love some more tips!!

    • Fitnessista on September 10, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      100% YES. it was a great location, concierge was very kind and helpful, and the rooftop breakfast glorious 🙂

      • Fitnessista on September 10, 2014 at 6:57 pm

        (and i’m jealous. have so much fun!)

  5. denise on September 10, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Gina this is great! I would actually lOVE to see a “week of salads” post similar to your fashion week round up. I think it’s SUPER helpful how you actually assemble salads on a daily basis – doesn’t have to be a fancy picture or anything!

    • Fitnessista on September 10, 2014 at 7:13 pm

      ohhh i could definitely do that! i’ll start taking pics and post it next week 🙂

    • melissa on September 11, 2014 at 12:11 am

      YES! I so need salad ideas.

  6. Lizz on September 10, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    In little Italy I would recommend Buon Appitito. Fantastic. Outside of Little Italy is Cucina Urbana, probably my favorite restaurant in all of SD.

    • Fitnessista on September 10, 2014 at 7:13 pm

      ahhh i can’t wait to check those out! thank you!

    • Alana on September 12, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      I second the Cucina Urbana suggestion. That place is AMAZING!

      • Fitnessista on September 13, 2014 at 12:45 am

        i can’t wait to try it!

  7. erin on September 10, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    You should try pomodoro in point loma. By far the best Italian restaurant I’ve found in sd. Great ambiance.

    • Fitnessista on September 10, 2014 at 7:12 pm

      we will definitely check it out!

  8. Marlene @Fitdelight on September 10, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    I immediately thought of goodfellas when you mentioned the men arguing and joking in Italian. Lol. I love San Diego. I need to try Little Italy next time we visit 🙂

  9. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on September 10, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    I have never tried dulse! I made hour Greek chopped salad a while ago and it’s become one of my staples.

  10. Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl on September 10, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Eggs on pizza are one of my favorite things ever!!

  11. Emily on September 10, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    I love me some sea veggies, but I rarely buy them for home. I usually indulge when we’re dining out and it’s an option. My favorite sushi place has a killer sunomono salad with seaweed, so I always go for that.

  12. Holley @ on September 10, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    I have never even heard of dulse… I wish I had of known what that was when I was pregnant. I needed a lot of iron and that would have been a nice way to get more in. Oh well… always a next time right??? 😉

  13. Vivian on September 10, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    What kind of flavor does dulse have? I like nori and the seaweed that’s in miso soup, but I have a hard time with wakame (although I keep trying it, and I dislike it a little less each time, ha).

    • Fitnessista on September 10, 2014 at 9:53 pm

      it’s less intense than wakame. if you like nori, i think you would like it. it’s soft and salty

  14. Amanda on September 10, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Queenstown Public House in Little Italy is the absolute best! They have an adorable setting and the Portobello Fries are out of this world. Not to mention Extraordinary Desserts is in walking distance =).

  15. Michele on September 10, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    While I have seen it before, I don’t understand the egg on a pizza. I’m Italian and have never seen anyone eat egg on a pizza. I’m going to have to Google it to see when/where it started. Do they serve it that way in Italy too? (I’ve never been). I don’t honestly care for eggs so it doesn’t appeal to me anyway but I’m wondering how this got started.

    • Michele on September 10, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      Just wanted to say that I didn’t in any way mean my comment to sound snarky so I apologize if it did. I’m honestly just curious! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 11, 2014 at 12:58 am

      yep, they do serve it like that in italy. it is AMAZING, but i’m also a huge egg fanatic 🙂

  16. Domi @ Eat, Pray, Lift on September 10, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Gelato Paradiso is the best (and, ok, only…) place I’ve ever had gelato. I went to the Laguna Beach location, but I hear they’ve got a location in SD, too! The LB one at the end of the most adorable little alley called Peppertree Lane, and there’s also a chocolatier and a couple cute cafe/bar-type deals in there, so it may be worth a trip.

    But now you’ve got me craving salty goodness with that salad, so I’m torn. Sad panda haha 😉

  17. Stephanie K on September 10, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    You have to go to Napizza on India Street! I went there on a food tour and got the nutella pizza for dessert. If you like nutella it’s amazing! I think they get the nutella from Italy (or so the tour guide said). Also their pizza dough is soooo good.

  18. Sharon T on September 10, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Mmmm, dulse. I remember lightly frying it in a pan until it turns light brown/green … vegan bacon! It goes great on a BLT in place of the B. I craved mussels, of all things, when I was pregnant. I think also for the iron.

  19. Katie O on September 10, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    Oooh! I’ve never heard of dulse! I love seaweed though, and do does my 2 year old. Where do you find it?

    • Fitnessista on September 11, 2014 at 12:58 am

      they have it in the international aisle of most health food stores, by the nori and other seaweed snacks. hope you like it!

  20. Anita on September 11, 2014 at 12:42 am

    That picture of Livi with her heart sunnies! Oh my goodness. Be still my heart.

    So glad you’re enjoying Southern California. I moved here almost five years ago (I can’t believe that!) and it’s just the best.

    Always, Anita

  21. Lucie@FitSwissChick on September 11, 2014 at 3:07 am

    Awww, little Italy!! I lived there when I was in San Diego YEARS back for 3 months. Loved it!!

  22. Caryn on September 11, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Un-food related, Little Italy has the best shop called Vocabulary! It has amazing clothes, gifts and jewelry. Also Ironside Fish & Oyster has fantastic cocktails and seafood.

  23. Alex @ True Femme on September 11, 2014 at 9:30 am

    I’ve never had pizza with an egg cracked on it but every time I see a picture of one it makes me want to try it! I love seaweed but I don’t think I’ve tried dulse before. Do you know if TJs has it or is it more of a Whole Foods product?

  24. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on September 11, 2014 at 9:32 am

    I don’t like runny eggs but that pizza looks delicious! I really want to travel to Italy one day!

  25. Joanna @Makingmine on September 11, 2014 at 10:51 am

    I’ve never been to San Diego – I NEED to go! Also, that salad looks amazing!

  26. Crystal on September 11, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Eggs on pizza = primo!

    I grew up eating all kinds of seaweed–my mom used to make seaweed, tofu, rice soup for me when I got sick. It’s the Korean version of chicken noodle soup 😉

  27. april on September 11, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    your post just magically transported me back to italy. i completely agree with you – italy is definitely one of the best places on earth. i studied abroad in rome during my sophomore spring semester in college and have dreamed about going back everyday since. <3

    i have never visited little italy in san diego, but i did have an amazing pasta dinner in nyc's little italy a few years ago.

  28. Tracy on September 11, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    I love dulse! Especially on salad. I haven’t had it in a while though…thanks for the reminder!

  29. Alicia on September 11, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Which restaurant did you go to? I feel like I’ve been to most of the ones in Little Italy, but they all start to run together! I’d love to try that pizza, I love eggs on pizza (Blind Lady Ale House does it and it’s sooo good!).

    • Fitnessista on September 12, 2014 at 12:54 am

      ahhh i can’t wait to try it there! that was from trattoria fantastica.

  30. Jess on September 11, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Try Alexander’s on 30th in North Park. Great Italian food!

    • Fitnessista on September 12, 2014 at 12:52 am

      i will! thank you!

  31. Lori on September 12, 2014 at 9:57 am

    OMG that salad and pizza look amazing!

  32. Sarah on September 16, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    We were just in SD over the weekend and I wish I would have known about all of these great places! The pizza looks amazing! We went to Bencotto and it was really good. The pasta was homemade and delicious!

    • Fitnessista on September 16, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      ahhh that sounds amazing!

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