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Pappalecco to Open in Kensington, With More Expansion to Come

The cafe and gelateria plans to bring Italian culture to neighborhoods throughout San Diego and beyond.

Little Italy location
Little Italy location

The grapevine brings word that the community of Kensington is Pappalecco's newest destination.

The cafe and gelateria, which was first founded in Little Italy in 2007, opened their second location in Hillcrest in 2011 and tacked on a third shop to their Point Loma production kitchen in 2012.

The Kensington cafe at 4202 Adams Avenue is due to open in two or three months; the 1,000-square-foot space should be similar in layout to Little Italy and will also include outdoor seating.

Now, they're poised for steady and substantial growth; Pasquale Ioele, a longtime Pappalecco supporter and broker for Cassidy Turley's Urban Strategies Group is helping to guide the company into their next era; going forward, owner Francesco Bucci told Eater that he hopes to open two to three new locations per year.

Pappalecco is currently looking in North County and other central San Diego neighborhoods to expand their brand of traditional Italian cafe culture; Bucci, who was born in Pisa, says that he may explore sites beyond San Diego if he can ensure consistency in the quality of their entirely house made menu.

Meanwhile, at their original outpost in Little Italy, Bucci says he may eventually expand its footprint to encompass an adjacent storefront.


4202 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116, USA