San Diego has more than the nearby ocean to thank for its thriving seafood scene. The city also owes an unexpected debt to Italy. Immigrants from the Italian coast flocked to California in the early 20th century, seeking political asylum as well as new shores for fishing. This influx of new anglers prompted a surge in fish markets as early as the 1920s, but that was a mere preview of the future. Today, San Diego is home to hundreds of fisheries and seafood restaurants. Some, such as The Fishery, Anthony’s Fish Grotto, and The Fish Market, even manage to combine both.
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