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Italian Donuts? Who knew!

6 October, 2016

Do you like donuts? Yeah, me too. Donuts make me happy.

There is a giant Sicilian donut. It’s called ‘iris.’ It is over a 1/2 pound of heavenly bliss. It is as big as a giant snowball, with an eggy brioche dough, rolled in crumbs and filled with sweetened ricotta creme and chocolate. Guests have one word that they repeat over and over when they try it.

“Amazing” they say. “Did they just invent this?”

Well, actually not. Sicilians have been enjoying an ‘iris’ in the morning paired with a frothy cappuccino–-for centuries. But there is only one place to sample it in San Diego–one place in Little Italy.

We serve it to you before our Little Italy Neighborhood Tour–which takes you behind the scenes of 146 years of entertaining history, folklore and cultural nuggets.

The new year is a time to try new things.
Put ‘iris’ on your list and make yourself happy!

Anthony is simply amazing!!! He's well animated, very accommodating, and extremely personable. He's quite a character, in a fun and exciting way. I have nothing but positive things to say about my tour experience, with Anthony as my guide. I highly recommend choosing Anthony to be your tour guide of Italy! — VM, Bonita, CA
This is a MUST See and Do attraction in SD. Even members of our group who were born here, were blown away by the City and Neighborhood's History and stories. It was like we were transported back in time. The company and Mr. Anthony did an Amazing Job!!! Our Group of 20+ can't stop raving about it! —Lisa B. Chula Vista, CA
What a ball! My colleagues and I took the Little Italy tour for our office party and a bit of team-building. We had so much fun. Anthony was amazing. We learned so much about pizza and Italian cuisine and Little Italy's influence in San Diego. We ate, we learned, we drank, and we had a ball! I would highly recommend taking a tour with Anthony. Anthony, grazie mille!!! — Robin D. San Diego, CA
What an amazing and engaging tour guide we had! Anthony is the best of the best! I feel in love with Italy all over again. The pizza, pasta and gelato was as tasty as could be. His cooking class is next on my list. Ciao! —Marlo V. Las Vegas, NV
My work department did this tour as part of our holiday celebrations and had a great time! Our tour guide Anthony was very informative and energetic. We learned all about where pizza came from and each stop taught us something new and allowed us to try pizza from a different region. You will leave full and educated! —Sheila S. Boston, MA
Best hour and a half out of a 9 day trip. Thanks Anthony for an entertaining and informative tour of Little Italy! —Duane L. Duluth, MN
We had a WONDERFUL tour this morning with Anthony!! We all, ages from 14 to 53, had such a special and fun time learning about the history of Little Italy... We will DEFINITELY schedule something else with this group. It was truly the highlight of our vacation! —Suzy H. Irvine, CA