Take a virtual trip to Italy at the upcoming Taste of Little Italy

Posted: June 3rd, 2016 | Columnists, Featured, Little Italy News | No Comments

By Chris Gomez | Little Italy News

The foodie event of the summer, “Taste of Little Italy,” is returning on Wednesday, June 15, from 5 ­– 9 p.m. The Little Italy neighborhood is inviting all to stroll down its streets and experience the neighborhood’s one-of-a-kind eateries.

Restaurants will open their doors for food lovers to enjoy a taste of one of their most popular dishes.

Taste of Little Italy provides each ticketholder with a Taste Passport, mapping out a list of participating restaurants and their specific menu offerings. Passport holders will walk an easy route to each restaurant and receive each eatery’s tasting in exchange for a stamp on their passport.


Attendees show their passports off at a previous Taste of Italy (Courtesy LIA)

The annual event gives attendees the chance to try what all the notable Little Italy eateries have to offer in one night!

There are over 35 Little Italy restaurants participating in this year’s Taste of Little Italy, including the newly opened Herb & Eatery, Bracero Cocina de Raiz, Civico 1845, and The Crack Shack, among others. Local Italian favorite spots will also be participating like Filippi’s Pizza Grotto, Bencotto, NaPizza, Mona Lisa and more.

Attendees can expect to get their fair share of Italian food like specialty pastas, homemade meatballs, raviolis, pizza, even cappuccinos — but it won’t stop there! A wide variety of non-Italian tastings will also be served like oysters, shrimp, desserts, and ramen — just to name a few.

There are two different Taste Passport routes for foodies to choose from — a south route and a north route, with each route featuring many different and unique restaurants. Attendees can experience the best culinary hot spots all in one evening, while embracing the charm of Little Italy as the sun goes down.

Taste of Little Italy tickets sell out quickly, so attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets early to get the opportunity to take an evening trip to Italy right in their own city!


Staff at Ironside greet tasters with oysters (Courtesy LIA)

Tickets are sold online, and are priced at $36 per route prior to the event and a limited number at the door for $43. For more information on this year’s event, please visit

To stay connected with us during the community event, check out what’s going on in our neighborhood by following us on Instagram and Twitter @LittleItalySD and Facebook/San Diego Little Italy.

—Christopher Gomez has been Little Italy’s district manager since 2000. Reach him at

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