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A Little Italy Thanksgiving

19 November, 2017

Thanksgiving is here and it’s time to prepare our tables, our homes and our hearts to give thanks.

This is a holiday of families, friendship and food. It’s steeped in traditions, some longstanding and others imported. There are special dishes only grandma knows how to make — recipes passed down one generation to the next. There’s fancy china you dust off just for this feast.  There’s the golden turkey, perched invitingly on the dining room table.  

Memories are forged while preparing holiday classics like mashed potatoes or green bean casserole. But, it’s worth remembering that Thanksgiving is celebrated by Americans of all ethnic backgrounds. There’s no one-size-fits-all menu for Turkey Day. In Italian-American homes, for instance, you’re just as likely to find cannoli as you are cranberry sauce.  

Thanksgiving is a day when the flavors of the New World and the culinary of Old Country come together.

If you were to visit an Italian-American family on Thanksgiving Day, you might savor a taste of:

-Olive all’Ascolana ~ Fried Olives

-Lasagne di Zucca ~ Pumpkin-Filled Lasagna

-Turkey Breast Stuffed with Prosciutto

-Potatoes Roasted with Rosemary


Both savory and sweet dishes comprise Thanksgiving in Little Italy. So, this year, why not give your holiday dinner table an Italian accent? Mash your potatoes with roasted garlic or serve fresh focaccia instead of rolls.

No matter what you’re thankful for this year, we want you to know how grateful we are for you. We hope you’re surrounded the famiglia you love.

Happy Thanksgiving from our big Italian family to you and yours.

Our guide was simply amazing!!! He was well animated, very accommodating, and extremely personable. He was quite a character, in a fun and exciting way. I have nothing but positive things to say about my tour experience. I highly recommend choosing Little Italy Tours to be your tour guide! — 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 our guide 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. Our guide 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 Little Italy. Grazie mille!!! — Robin D. San Diego, CA
What an amazing and engaging tour guide we had! 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. Their 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 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 to our guide for an entertaining and informative tour of Little Italy! —Duane L. Duluth, MN
We had a WONDERFUL tour this morning with our guide!! 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
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