LITTLE ITALY FOOD TOURS: select your tour!

Little Italy Cooking Class
Cooking With Nanna — Wine & Italian Cocktail Experience Booking dates beginning in April 2017! Join us for a memorable Italian cooking class at the home of a local Italian grandmother in Little Italy. Chef Tina is from Avellino in the Campania region of Southern Italy. Together, you and her guests will prepare and savor a multi-course home style Italian feast together.  And you will enjoy this cozy culinary affair the Italian way—with Italian wine as well as aperitivi & digestivi.  These are Italian cocktails that prepare your tummy for the scrumptious meal that awaits.  It also helps you digest after your meal and to cap off a wonderful day! Chef Tina currently cooks for the priests at the local Italian church in Little Italy. Her food is made with love! She cooks old school--antipasti, pasta, meat, veggies, dessert--the recipes we Italians grew up with in the homes of our mothers and grandmothers. A lot of people believe that you can only enjoy...

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Little Italy Neighborhood Tour
Saturdays 9:30am-11:30am  Start your adventure through the Italian quarter with us at the landmark Café Zucchero. Savor an Italian breakfast that the locals favor, a frothy cappuccino and a Sicilian breakfast pastry called Inis that is a ½ pound giant, round, brioche donut, filled with sweetened ricotta crème and chocolate--it is the bomb! Only Café Zucchero has them. They are to die for!!! Then, our amazing behind the scenes sightseeing experience begins as you get a one of a kind glimpse into the Italian quarter--Little Italy, San Diego--a neighborhood with an Italian presence since 1871. Six thousand families of Genovese and Sicilian origin once called this home. The salty sea air, the ready-made port, the date palms, bougainvillea, geraniums, olive trees and cactus plants reminded many Italians of their sunny fishing villages back home. They painted their tiny wooden bungalow homes the colors favored by their ancestors. They built their own boats, fished with hand-sewn nets, cultivated fruit and vegetable gardens, made fresh...

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Little Italy Pizza Tour
Saturdays 12pm-3pm Few things in life satisfy like fresh baked pizza, hot out of the oven! Years and years ago, the only places to get pizza were in the Little Italy enclaves.  Today, there are only a few Little Italy's left in the whole country. On this exciting culinary food tour, you are going to sample pizza at some of Little Italy, San Diego's best! Let our Italian guide take you on an adventure to 5 popular Little Italy locales to sample the goods. By day's end you will have tasted many gourmet pizza varieties brought to you by restaurant owners from Milan, Naples, Sicily and Liguria. Thin crust or thick. Neapolitan or Sicilian. With cheese or without. Brick oven, coal, gas or wood-fired. Traditional or cucina nuova. Our Italian guide will help you sort all the different styles/methods of preparing pizza in this entertaining program in the Italian quarter from the company at the official tour company in the neighborhood--Little Italy Tours Inc. Plus, our local guide will share with you,...

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Old School Little Italy Food Tour
TUESDAY'S &  WEDNESDAY'S  5:00PM-8:00PM The Old School Little Italy Food Tour is a tour that unveils the hidden cuisine of the Italians--the way they really eat at home. This is the food of nonna--the way she cooked and baked for her family back in the day in Little Italy. If you're just looking for nouvelle cuisine--this tour may not be for you. HIGHLIGHTS: Visit 5 Little Italy restaurants and taste many wonderful old style selections that are popular with Italians at home Glass of Italian wine and an Italian aperitivo cocktail are included. Meet local Italians along the way and hear compelling stories about the Little Italy neighborhood during a thrilling culinary/cultural experience that you will never forget. What makes this food so special? Can’t I get this food in Italian restaurants everywhere? Well--quite frankly a lot of things you might find on an Italian American restaurant menu are items that Italians in Italy would not even recognize. But Americans perceive them to be the...

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