Filippi's Opens Saturday in Imperial Beach

Filippi's Pizza Grotto will open its newest location in Imperial Beach Saturday.

Renovations are done, grape vines have been hung and Filippi's Pizza Grotto will open its newest location in Imperial Beach Saturday at 11 a.m., said manager Michelle DePhilippis.

A grand opening will be held next month. An all-you-can-eat spaghetti night and lunch specials will be a part of the Filippi's IB menu in the future, she said.

The restaurant which serves Italian dishes and pizza will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, she said.

Among the restaurant's features, a mural of Venice spanning two walls was created by Victor Zapeda of Imperial Beach and another Grossmont College art student.

The IB location will mark the 14th restaurant for the family-owned business with locations in San Diego and other parts of California.

Filippi's is the latest business to occupy the building at the corner of 3rd Street and Palm Avenue owned by the Rahimpour Family Trust. In the past, IB Rockin', Bryan's Landing and most recently Marisa's Mexican Seafood Grill were at the same location.

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Mark February 16, 2013 at 04:34 AM
I know I'm going for dinner Saturday night. An order of lasagna would be good.
Ed February 16, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Can't wait till I'm back in town to go to Filippi's! Love ItalianFood!!! Thanks for opening in IB.
curlyquiz February 16, 2013 at 04:01 PM
you only need a "half order". I had it last night-they had sort of a dress-rehearsal. Yummmm.
Hazel F. Bailey February 16, 2013 at 06:51 PM
Let's don't forget the famed restaurant/bar THE CLOCK was there for years in the 60's and 70's! I love Filippi's pizza...the best cheese ever!!
Salinde February 17, 2013 at 01:11 AM
The place was packed today.
Teresa Erhard February 17, 2013 at 04:20 AM
I can't wait to go in for dinner! Yay! It will also be cool to see the renovated interior... Oh, yeah...Not only was The Clock there, it was also "The Marquis" for a number of years. Had my wedding reception there in 1983. When it was Bryan's Landing (in the 3rd 'incarnation' under that name), I worked there, first, as a cook, then a bartender for a number of years.......
JC Hernandez February 17, 2013 at 09:53 PM
Buona Fortuna a Imperial Beach! Ceneremo lì stasera.
JOhn February 18, 2013 at 07:12 PM
Went there Sunday, and they did not not make a great first impression. They have some bugs to work out. The pizza was great when we finally got it and it took 40 minutes just to get a side salad. and the pizza came about 30 minutes later. 2 hours for a pizza, salad and pasta. But we will be back, but will wait a couple of weeks while they get all the kinks worked out.
ibbarbara February 22, 2013 at 06:29 AM
Thanks for the "heads up" JOhn. I too, will give them some time to work out their kinks. Looking forward to a good pizza (close to hm) & not having to drive over to Chula Vista. Especially with the current gas prices.
jc May 02, 2013 at 01:45 AM
As a former chef, and yes I worked @ a pizza house while in college; the dough crust is nothing spectacular, the sauce on the pizza tonight (vegetarian), was obviously fresh out of the can tomato's' with no spices for seasoning, canned sweet peppers, cheap canned black olives, BUT WAIT, the few mushroom slices actually were real fresh raw button mushrooms by gosh!!!! For the price I could have made this at home for a tenth of the cost I paid for it. But then after all, I wanted to give them a try and me a break from the kitchen tonight !!!!! But hey, my palate is a little more refined than someone who always' has to order out or depend on processed food. I'll stick to my other local and well known resource for local pizza, who also delivers' within 20-25 minutes! I'll have to ask around about the sauce in their other dishes but I know I won't be going back ever. Unless I'm forced to watch out of town guests who insist on trying it, then I'll just sit by with my glass of water.


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