Il Posto Italian Restaurant & Pizzaria To Replace Eclipse Chocolate In San Diego's South Park.

March 9, 2023

Il Posto Italian restaurant and Neapolitan pizzeria will soon install in the space that long housed Eclipse Chocolate in San Diego's South Park.

Will Gustwiller established Eclipse Chocolate in 2004 after completing his Masters in Sculpture at San Diego State University. In 2007, he opened a dessert cafe on El Cajon Boulevard, and in 2013 relocated his company to South Park, which allowed for a 400 percent increase in production and a 70-chair dining concept. In early 2017, Gustwiller won a special "Guy’s Chocolate Games" episode of Guy Fieri’s popular Food Network competition, Guy's Grocery Games. 

Last September, Gustwiller announced a desire to vacate his South Park space to operate Eclipse Chocolate mostly online and as a pop-up at area businesses and farmers markets. Eclipse Chocolate will continue to operate in the space until new operators take it over. At that time, Eclipse Chocolate will transition to an online business and area pop-up. 

Translating to "the spot" in Italian, Il Posto is the product of native Italians Maurizio Carbone, Fabio Montagna and Chef Antonio Pappagallo, who also operate Maurizio Trattoria Italiana in the heart of Encinitas. Il Posto will offer a menu of homemade fresh pasta and authentic Neapolitan-style pizza, as well as a selection of entrees, appetizers, and desserts. The restaurant will also have a selection of wines and beer, as well as a private room for events. 

Il Posto is anticipated to open by this summer at 2145 Fern Street in San Diego's South Park community.