Taste of Little Italy: Your passport to San Diego’s center of deliciousness 


If you’ve ever walked through Little Italy and said, “Wow, another new place to try,” or, “I’ve been meaning to eat there, and there — and there!” then grab your passport to take a tour through San Diego’s undisputed center of deliciousness. Wednesday’s 10th annual Taste of Little Italy offers dozens of samples from some of the best restaurants, sweet shops and watering holes in town.

A stamp-able passport allows you to eat and drink along two designated routes — north or south — with each featuring marquee fine-dining restaurants (Born & Raised, Juniper & Ivy, Herb & Wood), hipster hangouts (Craft & Commerce, The Crack Shack), Italian standouts (Barbusa, Civico 1845, Mona Lisa Italian Foods), pie shops (Filippi’s Pizza Grotto, Isola Pizza Bar, Napizza), dessert emporiums (Devil’s Dozen Donut Shop, Frost Me Café and Bakery) and beverage spots (Ballast Point, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, Caffe Italia, Pali Wine Co.).

You can start planning your route by finding out what each place is serving here. For my $40, I’d travel north just to have The Crack Shack’s tender buttermilk biscuits with miso maple butter, Puerto La Boca’s skirt steak and Argentine malbec, Ironside Fish & Oyster’s briny bivalves, and whatever heavenly morsel Devil’s Dozen decides to tempt people with.

Buon viaggio e buon appetito.

5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Various locations along two routes, Little Italy. $40 per tasting route. (619) 615-1092.

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