It’s become almost a weekly routine for me to go to Little Italy’s Farmers market every Saturday. I have it down to a science, really.
Wake up at 7 a.m.. Take my morning walk. Consume coffee. Hop in the shower. Start laundry. Head off to San Diego’s Little Italy. All this is usually before 10 a.m. Why yes, I am a morning person.
While Little Italy’s Farmers market is one of the best San Diego County has to offer, the surrounding area is nothing to scoff at. In particular, Filippi’s Pizza Grotto is a mecca for all things Italian.
While I can’t say the food at Filippi’s is the end-all and be-all of Italian cuisine, it’s the entry way into the restaurant that makes a lasting impression. Cheeses and meats hang from the ceiling, filling the air with a nice aroma. The refrigerated section holds the perishables including more meats and cheese. (I go here for my mascarpone cheese and lady finger cookies.) And oils, vinegars, tomato sauce — you name it — fill every available space. It’s a lot to take in. But if you look a bit closer, you’ll also find fresh-made Italian cookies right behind the register.
These cookies are pricey at $8.50 a pound but they are sooo good; two or three cookies usually enough to keep me happy. There are several cookies to chose from but my favorites are the Venetians and the chocolate sandwich cookies.
The Venetian cookies, also called rainbow cookies, are brightly colored. The red, green, white and yellow layered cake is flavored with almond paste and held together with apricot and raspberry jams and covered with semi-sweet chocolate. It’s a pretty cookie and I eat this immediately.
The chocolate sandwich cookie comes in two forms: A round, buttery cookie or crumbly, fluted version. But what fills them is the same whipped chocolate ganache that is reminiscent of cake frosting. Just one cookie is enough to satisfy any chocolate craving but I recommend a second one for when the craving inevitability returns.
There are several Filippi’s in San Diego County. I don’t know whether all of them have their own grocery store so call in advance to find out.
Filippi’s Pizza Grotto
1747 India Street
San Diego, CA