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Your guide to the Taste of Little Italy

At the 2016 Taste of Little Italy, Ironside Fish & Oyster gave out freshly-shucked oysters (Courtesy photo)

One of San Diego’s preeminent dining destinations opens the door to dozens of restaurants, dessert shops, breweries and wineries next week. Here’s what you need to know about the annual Taste of


Little Italy


on June 14.


Wednesday, 5-9 p.m.

Why you should go: 

With big-name, classic Italian restaurants and dynamic new-comers, Little Italy is the undisputed best neighborhood for dining in the county.

Don’t-miss bites: 

With so many excellent options, this “Taste Of” has to be split into two routes,





South, with about 20 stops each. North is more new-American cheffy, with Herb + Eatery, Juniper & Ivy, Ironside Fish & Oyster and our top pick, The Crack Shack - which is serving mini buttermilk biscuit sliders with miso maple butter and fried chicken. On the more Italian-focused South route, the new restaurant Barbusa is serving up a must-try dish: Bolognese al forno.


$40 per route; printed tickets can be exchanged for a Taste Passport at the event. Check-in at the corner of India and W. Date Streets beginning at 4:30 p.m. Go to




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