Ever been on a food crawl? Ok, I may have just made that term up. Food crawls, food festivals, pairing dinners….I love them all! Trying new foods and new restaurants is one of my favorite activities, especially in the summer.
Yesterday my food crawl partner in crime, Katie, and I attended the Taste of Little Italy San Diego. At first we had planned on hitting all 28 restaurants participating in the event (28 restaurants/4 hours=7 restaurants per hour) Fortunately for our stomachs we only ended up doing the south route which consisted of a still respectable 16 stops. The long summer evening provided the perfect setting for our feast, and we had a great time. Please enjoy our photo journey.
We met up at Monello for a pre-crawl glass of vermouth. I’m crazy obsessed with this stuff. Any time I’m in Little Italy I have to stop in for a glass.
Monello was also our first food pit stop. Thinly shaved parmesan cone (Raspa Dura) so frickin’ good!
Next up was Zia’s Bistro for pasta, and live Italian music. It was summertime perfection!
What’s an Italian food crawl without pizza? Here’s the margarita we tried at Filippi’s I loved the crispy crust.
Fuelin’ up with some cappuccino from Caffe Italia
Prep Kitchen’s chocolate “salami” was the perfect match to our cappuccinos
Katie’s favorite, Davanti Enoteca. Corn salad and the Davanti Spritz
Queenstown Public House was definitely the cutest stop on our tour. This lamb burger was great! We’ll be back!
We were in need of some dessert and Craft & Commerce delivered. Beignets with Chocolate Sauce (not pictured)
Wine tasting at Enoteca Style
Crepes al fresco at Fabrison’s
More pasta at Petrini’s . (I may have gotten a little over zealous with the parmesan on this one)
BBQ at Kelvin at the W Hotel
Beer tasting at San Diego’s own Karl Strauss
Seriously delish panini’s and kale salad at Water’s Fine Foods
The most popular stop if you can’t tell from the line, Isola Pizza It may have had something to do with the cute and friendly guy serving the bruschetta.
Thank you Little Italy! This was so fun. If you have a food festival in your town, definitely try to hit it up this summer. You might just discover your new favorite restaurant