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Lift Your Glass to the Negroni

10 December, 2017

We are enjoying that magical time of year when our homes overflow with holiday cheer and our calendars with seasonal festivities. From Christmas to New Year’s, we find reasons to reconnect with friends and loved ones and meet new acquaintances. It’s the time for parties, celebrations and fun.

Over the past several weeks we have shared the magic of Italian food with you. We looked at the culinary masterpiece that is the traditional Italian meal and we visited an Italian-American family’s home on Thanksgiving to see a glimpse of what was on the dinner table. Our mouths have watered while thoughts of tiramisu and lasagne di zucca danced in our head. Authentic Italian food is truly a feast for the eyes, mouth and soul.

Traditionally, at the end of the meal you are invited to sit back and relax while sipping on a digestivo, the final touch to your authentic Italian dining experience. The digestivo is an alcoholic drink, which Italians think helps with digestion. One digestivo offering might be the negroni.

The classic negroni was first created in 1919 and continues to remain an Italian favorite, it’s a wonderfully simple combination of gin, vermouth and campari served on the rocks with an orange slice for garnish. The rich red color of this drink comes from campari, a liqueur made from the infusion of herbs and fruit. It’s the perfect drink for the holiday season.

As you prepare for the next holiday meal or party, consider adding some traditional Italian dishes and cocktails to your menu. The Italian culture is rich in food and drink and we are treated to an adventure for the senses with every bite and every sip. When done correctly, one will never leave a table hungry or unsatisfied. Buon Appetito!

Here’s a simple recipe for the classic negroni

  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1 ounce sweet red vermouth
  • 1 ounce campari
  • Stir into glass over ice, garnish with orange slice and enjoy.

Join us for one of our Italian food tours and taste firsthand authentic Italian cuisine. Our Pizza tour takes you on a gourmet pizza sampling adventure, as we visit 5 popular Little Italy locales offering pizza varieties from Milan, Naples, Sicily and Liguria.  Our Old School tour gives you a true taste of what it means to eat like an Italian as you are treated to old style selections just like nonna would make.


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
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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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