Italian Delights: A Night at Trattoria Don Pietro

Located in the heart of Old Town San Diego, Trattoria Don Pietro shines with its tantalizing blend of traditional Italian flavors and innovative dishes. With its charming ambiance and a menu crafted to satisfy even the most discerning palates, this trattoria has become a beloved destination for locals and visitors alike.

A Taste of Italy’s Finest

ARANCINI: Fried Saffron Risotto Balls

Begin your culinary journey with a taste of Italy’s classic comfort food – ARANCINI. These delectable fried saffron risotto balls are generously stuffed with a savory blend of bolognese, pecorino romano, and mozzarella. Each bite is a symphony of flavors and textures, setting the stage for an unforgettable dining experience.


Indulge in the succulent TEQUILA TIGER SHRIMP, where tender tiger shrimp meet the bold flavors of serrano, cherry tomato, and cilantro, all bathed in luscious butter. This dish is a testament to the trattoria’s commitment to using fresh, high-quality ingredients to create dishes that delight the senses.

GNOCCHI: Truffle-Infused Bliss

For those craving a taste of luxury, the Truffle-Infused Gnocchi is a must-try. Pillowy soft gnocchi, infused with the earthy aroma of truffles, are paired with house-made sausage, mushrooms, and a decadent bourbon cream sauce. Each forkful is an indulgent experience that will leave you craving more.

PENNE: Salmon Sensation

Seafood lovers rejoice with the PENNE dish featuring wild-caught salmon, bathed in a creamy fresh pomodoro sauce with a hint of vodka. This harmonious blend of flavors captures the essence of coastal Italy, making it a standout on the trattoria’s menu.


For pizza enthusiasts, THE HOLLYWOOD PIZZA is a culinary star not to be missed. Topped with ricotta, mushrooms, sausage, rosemary, garlic, and finished with a drizzle of truffle honey and parmesan, each slice is a gourmet delight that transports diners to the hills of Tuscany.

Craft Cocktails to Savor

At Trattoria Don Pietro, the culinary adventure extends beyond the plate with a selection of expertly crafted cocktails designed to complement the flavors of Italy.

PURPLE HAZE: A Symphony of Flavors

Embark on a journey of flavor with the PURPLE HAZE cocktail, blending gin, St. Germaine, black currant, lemon, butterfly pea tea simple syrup, and topped with champagne. Its vibrant hue and refreshing taste make it the perfect companion to any meal.

CLEMENZA: Whiskey with a Twist

For those with a penchant for whiskey, the CLEMENZA cocktail is sure to impress. Featuring a blend of whiskey, Cynar, Cointreau, clove simple syrup, and a touch of aqua fava and angostura bitters, it’s a sophisticated libation with layers of complexity.

FIREWATER: Ignite Your Senses

Prepare to ignite your senses with the FIREWATER cocktail, a fiery concoction of El Jimador Reposado, Pimm’s liquor, prickly pear puree, blood orange, lime, and a touch of firewater bitters. Served with a Tajin rim and a fire stick, it’s a cocktail experience like no other.

Trattoria Don Pietro in Old Town San Diego offers a culinary voyage through the flavors of Italy, where traditional dishes are elevated with modern flair, and craft cocktails tantalize the taste buds. Whether you’re seeking a romantic dinner for two or a lively gathering with friends, this trattoria promises an unforgettable dining experience that celebrates the rich tapestry of Italian cuisine.

About The Vibrant Project:

The Vibrant Project is a dynamic, multi-generational restaurant conglomerate with a rich history. Led by veteran restaurateur Sal Busalacchi, who has contributed significantly to the popularity of Italian eateries in Little Italy, and known for owning San Diego Sports Arena’s first pizza place in the late ’70s, the group boasts a legacy of culinary excellence.

Pietro Busalacchi, Sal’s son, is a master of creating a vibrant dining experience that combines music, atmosphere, and food to create unforgettable moments. Additionally, Gustavo Rios, a longtime family friend, successful businessman, attorney, and engineer, contributes to the group’s expertise and diverse talents.


  • Sun: 12:30 pm – 10:30 pm
  • Mon–Thu: 4:00 pm – 10:30 pm
  • Fri: 4:00 pm – 11:30 pm
  • Sat: 12:30 – 11:30 pm

Phone – (619) 255-7205

Address – 2415 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110