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    In 79 A.D., the fabled city of Pompeii held court
    on the shores of the blue Mediterranean Sea.
    A mighty fortress of commerce and abundance—Pompeii
    was a vacation paradise for the ancients.
    On August 15, 2015, Amici Park in San Diego’s Little Italy
    will be transformed into “Pompeii”
    . . . in its glory days.
    SATURDAY AUGUST 15, 2015

Little Italy’s Toga Party

Ferragosto means fun.

Great food, live entertainment, and an exciting theme party with dancing under a starry San Diego sky. Our past parties proved it. “When in Rome,” “Venetian Masquerade,” and “The Roaring 20’s”—all were over-the-top events. This year, we pull out all the stops—fantasy settings, circus rides and non-stop live entertainment, not to mention the fabulous food from San Diego’s finest restaurants.

Ferragosto's 2015 event promises to be just as exciting as years past. History has it that no one—not even the Romans—partied like they did in old Pompeii. We aim to prove it! Come celebrate Ferragosto’s next big bash: “Pompeii: Little Italy’s Toga Party.”
The fun begins at 5:00 p.m. and won’t let up until Midnight!

Grab a toga and drape it tastefully over your person. Secure at the waist with something rope-like.
Crown with foliage, and . . . Voila! You're ready to party like it's 79 AD.
Strap on your sandals and head down to Amici Park in San Diego’s Little Italy for a rip-roaring, explosive good time.

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Ferragosto Highlights

Didn't make the last Ferragosto? See what you missed!

Food & Chefs

Ferragosto means fabulous cuisine.

San Diego’s premier restaurants Bencotto Italian Kitchen, Buon Appetito, and Davanti (to name just a few) will recreate their signature dishes for your dining pleasure. We will tempt your palate and arouse your taste buds with the finest culinary offerings this side of Pompeii.


Sirena takes their inspiration from the rich and diverse cultures of Latin America, all the dishes on the menu are designed to excite your senses. Using incredible local produce, finest meats and the freshest fish, which they carefully prepare on site every day, all paired with ingredients so good they really speak for themselves. ... [Read More]


Monello, an endearing Italian term meaning “naughty little boy,” was created by the same family known for San Diego’s “best Italian restaurant”: Bencotto Italian Kitchen. Monello’s honest Italian menu celebrates Northern Italian street foods and Milan’s aperitivo culture. Open for lunch, aperitivo, dinner and weekend brunch, further information can be found at www.lovemonello.com. ... [Read More]

Isola Pizza

My nonna's name was Isola, A wonderful cook who gave me a passion for food and fresh, simple ingredients. I have vivid memories of my grandmother turning plain bread into amazing desserts, simple apples into incredible fritters sprinkled with a little sugar and honey, and even treating my sunburns with olive oil. Thirty years ... [Read More]

Kettner Exchange

A 2-story, 8,000 square foot restaurant, Kettner Exchange boats Little Italy’s only rooftop patio, with spanning harbor views. Kettner features Progressive American cuisine from critically acclaimed Executive Chef Brian Redzikowski and expertly crafted spirit offerings by Steven Tuttle. Kettner Exchange pays homage to William "Brother Bill" Kettner, who represented San Diego in Congress from 1913 ... [Read More]

Bencotto Italian Kitchen

“Bencotto” means and refers to a meal “done well”, or perfectly cooked. In Bencotto’s kitchen, culinary expertise meets the highest- quality and genuine taste. The concept of Bencotto was conceived as a natural extension of the depth and breadth of Italy’s culinary heritage. Our core belief is that high-quality food can be simple and supremely delicious. ... [Read More]


The newest location to the Prepkitchen family, Prepkitchen Little Italy sits on the corner of bustling India Street and Date Street in San Diego’s historic Little Italy. The second-story dining room provides unparalleled views of the vibrant city’s streets and local farmers’ market on Saturday mornings. Named one of San Diego’s “Best Restaurants” in ... [Read More]

Nosh Deli

After being frustrated with San Diego’s lack of authentic New York-style corned beef/pastrami sandwiches, the founders, who have owned over 22 restaurants nationwide and share over 50 years in the hospitality industry, decided it was high time to share the pleasure of diving into an overstuffed sandwich with fellow San Diegans. While many local delicatessens ... [Read More]

Kebab Shop

The Kebab Shop is based on a concept popularized throughout Europe. Kebab shops are as prevalent there as burger joints are in the USA. If you’ve never been to a kebab shop in Europe, you’ll have to stop in and experience what you’ve been missing. You’ll find a delicious array of slowly cooked rotisserie meats and ... [Read More]


COOKBOOK is the first “Tavola Calda” in San Diego. We are proud to offer real homemade-style Italian dishes. Our restaurant reflects a young generation of Italians who celebrate their culinary passion. At Cookbook Tavola Calda we offer many different dishes among hot, cold, vegetarian and the perfect side additions along with desserts, beer and ... [Read More]


Gourmet hot and sweet Italian sausages. Follow the sweet smell of grilling sausage and you’ll find yourself at Tarantino’s Gourmet Sausage at Ferragosto. Good sausage makers are as discriminating about what goes into sausage as winemakers are about selecting grapes. Tarantino Meats has a long history of sausage making. The Tarantino family started making ... [Read More]

Caffe Italia

Caffe Italia: We are located in the heart of San Diego's famed Little Italy district and inside the Award winning LA PENSIONE HOTEL. Caffe Italia is the perfect place to grab your morning cup of coffee, catch up on the news or grab a quick lunch. Family owned and operated since 1992 we are a ... [Read More]

Mona Lisa Italian Foods

Mona Lisa: The first Mona Lisa Restaurant was established in 1956 in downtown San Diego by Grandfather Stefano Brunetto. Since then, Mona Lisa has become an institution for Italian food and culture in the Little Italy area. Whether you are walking through our authentic Italian deli or dining in our family Italian restaurant, ... [Read More]


This whimsical, historic Craftsman house on one of Little Italy's main thoroughfares is the setting for New Zealand fare and draft beer. The large menu revolves around burgers and sandwiches, though there's also lamb, skewers, steaks and fish 'n' chips on offer. P.S. Canine friends, both small and large, are welcome on the open patio ... [Read More]

Ballast Point

Galasso's Bakery

Galasso’s Bakery, one of southern California’s premier bakers of French baked breads, is a proud sponsor of Ferragosto 2011. We have been baking bread and satisfying customers for more than 40 years. Our dedication to the communities and the people we serve will never waver. At Galasso’s, we invite you to join us, and ... [Read More]


From the streets of Upstate NY to San Diego's Little Italy, the Sacco family will add some spice to Ferragosto. Wings-n-Things is San Diego's neighborhood wing spot since 1982 for fresh, never frozen chicken, house made dressings and sauces, and oven-fresh bread sticks. Visit a location near you to find out why we are continually ... [Read More]


Pappalecco is an Adventure through the truth of Italy: Food, Culture, Art, Style… Essences of Italy. Pappalecco is... to discover moments. Pappalecco is… to meet special people. What if you fall in Love?... There will be a background. It will be the glamour of Italy. It will be the beauty of its landscapes, the warmth of its colors ... [Read More]

Cupid’s Catering

Cupid’s Catering – One of the most popular entrees in Italy is stuffed shells – delectable pasta shells stuffed with ricotta and parmesan cheeses and drizzled with a thick Marinara sauce – served by Cupid’s Catering. Cupid’s Catering was founded in 1964 by Gloria and Andrew Quartuccio. Staying true to their Sicilian roots, the Quartuccio’s ... [Read More]

Buon Appetito

Buon Appetito: Combines a dash of nouvelle and a splash of sophistication to bring forth a cozy Ristorante in the heart of Little Italy, San Diego. Buon Appetito serves up classic Italian fare paired with an exquisite list of wines from both Italy and around the world. Visit us Mondays – Saturdays, 11am ... [Read More]


Davanti Enoteca evokes the food of Italian farmhouses and fishing villages with down-to-earth small plates that rely on creative and flavorful combinations of simple ingredients. The food is complemented by an extensive wine list and full bar. Davanti’s theme is carried through in décor, music and lighting that creates an energetic urban-rustic vibe. ... [Read More]

Dancing & Entertainment

Ferragosto means blockbuster entertainment.

Patrizia, The Sultry Lady of Jazz, and her trio will kick off a night filled with entertainment during the Ferragosto cocktail reception.

Dancing under the stars to the Dirty Bird Band – we’ll rock your sandals off!
And the fun doesn’t stop there! Acrobats, soaring aerialists, and mesmerizing illusionists—it’s non-stop, edge-of-your-seat wild and crazy enjoyment.


Ferragosto means giving back to the community.

Ferragosto benefits the Little Italy community through supporting scholarships, youth educational programs and the historical preservation of the neighborhood through these organizations:

Washington Elementary School Foundation

The Washington Elementary School Foundation exists to enhance the school’s quality of instruction, to enlarge the resources to the school and to structure a community around them. The WESF’s role is to raise the money necessary to provide the tools and environments that the teachers and staff need to achieve this goal.

Your Ferragosto funds used by the Washington Elementary School Foundation has used Ferragosto funds for starting: Art and cultural programs including Italian language studies. This is now including science curriculum as Wasthington Elementary transitions to a GATE School.

Our Lady of the Rosary Church

A beacon of hope serving San Diego’s Little Italy community for over 80 years, Our Lady of the Rosary Church has provided over $450,000 in school and college scholarships since 1993. OLR continues to be the cornerstone for historical preservation for San Diego’s Little Italy.

Little Italy Association

A stable ethnic business and residential community since the 1920's, Little Italy today represents Downtown San Diego’s oldest continuous neighborhood business district. Through the ongoing efforts of the Little Italy Association, today’s Little Italy is a thriving retail and residential community. The Little Italy Association has aggressive plans to bring the story of Little Italy to its visitors through public art displays and events, serving as a model for historical and cultural preservation.

Your Ferragosto funds used by the Little Italy Association have started a documentary on the fishing community of Little Italy preserving our history via interviews and documentation of past and present living fisherman that built our neighborhood to what was once the Tuna Capital of the world. Little Italy aslo restored the landmark sign on India street and renovated the Piazza Basilone as a tribute to our American warriors.


Ferragosto means raffles.

You can’t beat these odds...
A one in 600 chance of winning a $3,500 travel voucher for a trip to Italy or
a one in 600 chance for two tickets to Super Bowl 50!
Ferragosto’s raffle is better than any lottery!

Trip to Italy

Win a $3,500 travel credit for use anywhere in the world!
Only 600 tickets available!
Raffle Tickets: $25 each

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Lombardi Raffle

Win two tickets to Superbowl 50!
Only 600 tickets available!
Raffle Tickets: $25 each

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Silent Auction

Underground Steals & Deals!

Ferragosto’s over-the-top shopping spree is back by popular demand!
SHOP under the stars at one of Ferragosto’s most popular events – Pompeii’s Crossroads of the World silent auction!
The best deals this side of the Mediterranean!

Over 50 Exciting baskets and packages to bid on:

  • Weekend getaways to take that special someone
  • Gourmet food baskets and restaurant certificates including some of Little Italy’s finest
  • The best in Indoor and outdoor entertainment in San Diego including theater productions, sporting events, and golf outings
  • Original artwork and collectibles
  • Treats for the kids or grandkids
  • Unique experiences like the “Paddy Wagon” – drive through the Gaslamp chauffeured in style in a vintage police vehicle. Perfect for a pub or restaurant crawl.

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Amore Table:

$ 550


  • Best seats, more drinks... an intimate setting for 2 with roses and champagne with an ambiance of Pompeii.

VIP Table:

$ 1650

  • Great tables near the action and an ample supply of drinks for your friends and family to use at your early entry to the cocktail reception.
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General Table:

$ 1150

  • First come first served seating so you, your friends and family can celebrate together in true toga party fashion.
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VIP Single:

$ 165

  • Early entry to cocktailreception. 2 drink tickets and Preferred dining seats.
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General Single:

$ 115

  • Fun times, great food, fun action.
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All tables seat ten guests unless otherwise specified.

** Note: Cocktail Attire or Toga
All attendees must be 21 or over
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