Outdoor Italian Lunch at Pizza Bella - Old Town

Some of you may be starting to think that our group dines primarily at Asian restaurants.  Actually, that has been absolutely true for the past few months, so how about a change of pace? Let's take advantage of San Diego's warm, sunny weather and have an outdoor Italian lunch!  It's the next best thing to dining al fresco in Florence or Rome!

When it comes to Old Town dining, most people think of Mexican food, and for good reason.  However, Pizza Bella Italian Bistro, a very good, underrated Italian restaurant, has operated in Old Town since 1970.  It's located on the northern fringe of Old Town in a more quiet part of the neighborhood, so perhaps that's why it isn't very well known.  But Pizza Bella has thrived for over four decades because it serves very good, solid Italian fare at reasonable prices. Pizza Bella offers a wide variety of pasta, sandwiches, salads, calzones and other Italian specialties in addition to pizza.  They also have a good wine list. And the service is excellent.  Pizza Bella is truly "The Best Kept Secret in Old Town." If you haven't had the pleasure of dining at this excellent Italian restaurant, now is your chance!

We will meet in the spacious outdoor courtyard.  Don't worry if it's sunny and warm because the restaurant will provide large umbrellas for shade.  This is what the courtyard looks like:

We will share appetizers and order our own meals (which you can share if you want, of course) and drinks.  We will ask for just one check and will add a tip and split the bill equally among ourselves.  (This is how friends do it in Italy, by the way.)  Please bring small bills for ease of payment. 

Here are the website and Yelp page for PIzza Bella Italian Bistro.  Note that the restaurant receives a solid 4-star rating on Yelp from 174 reviewers.



If you have any questions about this event, please feel free to ask them in the comments section of the event listing.

Grazie and ciao!  See you on August 9th for a great Italian lunch!

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  • Kamlesh

    Thanks for organizing. Some good pizza ! On the side note: some of the weirdest shit I've heard so far in SD. What's that drink again? ;)

    1 · August 9

    • Wilfredo P.

      I don't know, Kamlesh, but let's call it the "Japanese Viagra drink." :-) Maybe Rich can give us the details--and some information on how to get it in San Diego!

      August 9

  • rich w.

    Thanks Wilfredo. Great event.

    1 · August 9

    • Wilfredo P.

      You're welcome, Rich. It was nice to meet you and to talk with you. You have a very extensive and interesting international background! I hope to see you at some of our future events. Thanks for attending.

      August 9

  • Wilfredo P.

    I have a message about flaking for our events. Apparently, some people didn't get the message that our organizer David sent.

    Thirteen people signed up for this event and only seven showed up. That's a "flake rate" of about 46%. And that's pathetic.

    Unfortunately, we've been having far too many people flake for events. Let's be responsible adults here. Don't RSVP "yes" unless you're reasonably certain you will attend. Of course, "stuff" often comes up that prevents people from attending an event they had planned to attend. In that case, simply change your RSVP so that we aren't wondering if you will show up. What's so difficult about that? It would be nice to get an accurate count of attendees. Today, we didn't know how many chairs we would need. This exemplifies why it's important to have an accurate count of participants. Be responsible, people!!!

    1 · August 9

  • Wilfredo P.

    What a blast! I had a great time. Thanks to those who showed up. We enjoyed some delicious bruschetta and two different types of pizza. And we had a lot of fun talking and laughing. Pizza Bella is one of my favorite Italian restaurants in San Diego. I'm glad everyone enjoyed the food!

    2 · August 9

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry Wilfredo, but I have to cancel for today. I hope to see you at the Torrey Pines hike on Sunday.

    Enjoy and I hate to miss this one,

    August 9

    • Wilfredo P.

      Thanks for being responsible and changing your RSVP beforehand, Steve. See you at tomorrow's hike.

      August 9

  • Wilfredo P.

    I'm looking forward to having a delicious Italian lunch with all of you. I'm glad that some relatively new members have signed up. All I ask is please don't flake and please arrive on time. If you know you're not going to make it, please change your RSVP. Thanks, and I'll see you on Saturday.

    August 7

  • Michelle F.

    Look forward to meeting you Guys !

    August 2

    • Wilfredo P.

      Likewise, Michelle. Maybe we can talk about travel in Romania. I have a coworker from there and she says the Romanian countryside is very beautiful.

      August 2

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