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Why Fresh Ingredients Matter, The Love of Farm to Table

9 July, 2017

We all know that homemade food is delightful, but a homemade meal prepared with fresh ingredients? Delizioso! Food is a huge part of Italian culture and we pride ourselves on using the freshest ingredients possible. Not only does it have amazing health benefits, but you save money, and it produces a better flavor, which makes for all the more satisfied tummies.

1. Your body will thank you for it.
While food should be enjoyable, you have to be mindful of what you put into your body. Fueling yourself with processed foods can be very detrimental for your health in the long run. A tip for this is to buy local and buy organic for fresh farm table ingredients. Some common Italian food ingredients that you can find at your local farmer’s market or grocer are:
o Olive Oil
o Garlic
o Dark Greens
o Beans
o Tomatoes

2. Eating fresh doesn’t always mean expensive.
Often times you come across those who say that eating fresh is way too expensive and they can’t afford it. Sometimes there is no way around the cost; however, here a a couple of tips to eat fresh while on a budget:
o Buy local
o Buy organic
o Buy in season

3. Flavor out of this world!
Robust flavors are at the heart of Italian food and using fresh ingredients is the best way to make those flavors the star of any dish. We encourage you to forego the shortcuts, leave the canned tomato sauce on the shelf and experience Italian food the way it was meant to be enjoyed.

Come experience a Little Italy Cooking Class where you will use only the freshest of ingredients to prepare a down home Italian meal.

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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