Filippi’s Pizza Grotto has been serving San Diego for over fifty years, and they now have fourteen restaurants in the area. I dined at the one in the Scripps Ranch region of San Diego, which is northeast of downtown. I was pleasantly surprised as soon as I walked in because the inside of this Filippi’s had a considerable amount more character in the dining room than one would expect from the more bland strip mall exterior. I would think that all Filippi’s Pizza Grottos are somewhat similar on account of the fact that all locations are owned and operated by family members of the original founders. Filippi’s claims to serve the freshest and finest Italian ingredients, so I was excited to try a pizza with the traditional Italian meats of capicola and salami. Oddly enough, I was more impressed with the cheese on the pizzas at Filippi’s than I was with the taste of the Italian meats. This is not meant to be a criticism of the capicola and salami – they were okay but just not as flavorful as I was hoping for – as much as it is meant to be praise of the cheese. I don’t know the story behind their tasty cheese, but they clearly take some pride in it given that their website is realcheesepizza.com.
Moving on, the pizzas were somewhat doughier than I expected them to be at an Italian pizzeria. However, I didn’t mind because the flavor of the crust was probably my second favorite part of the pizza. The sauce on the pizzas at Filippi’s didn’t leave much of an impression on me either way. In conclusion, I feel comfortable recommending Filippi’s Pizza Grotto as a solid place for pizza for in San Diego. I am told it is in the top three in the city along with Bronx and Pizzeria Luigi, and I hope to be able to try those soon in order to report back with The Pizza Fan’s vote for the best pizza in San Diego.
What I Ate: Capicola and Salami
Filippi’s Pizza Grotto
9969 Mira Mesa Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92131
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