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Introducing Cinzano – A Little Italy Food Tour Specialty

2 January, 2017

The Cinzano is a Little Italy Food Tour specialty.

I have a favorite cousin. Her name is Stefania. We had not seen each other in 40 years.

We reconnected in Little Italy-San Diego. On her first night in town, I hosted her at Il Monello in Little Italy. I suggested an aperitivo–housemade ‘sweet vermouth’ known as cinzano. It is an Italian tradition since the 1700’s. It is made with locally sourced produce and 27 secret ingredients–herbs, roots, bark and botanicals, red wine, white wine and brandy.

Stefania told me she doesn’t drink. I said, “try this.” It’s light and refreshing and will pair beautifully with the antipasti. Stefania enjoyed this cocktail so much, she went to Monello every night of her visit–4 nights in a row. And she has been out from NY several more times and each night at Monello for the sweet vermouth. Stefania and I toasted our joyous reunion.

When you come on our Old School Little Italy Food Tour, you will enjoy some too. And we will make a toast together. Awaiting your arrival. Salute!

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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