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Taste of Little Italy May 25

Taste of Little Italy
Taste of Little Italy
Photo by Paul Nestor

If you could taste a neighborhood, what would the flavor be? Would it be mellow or robust, spicy or sweet? Would it be something to gulp down, or slowly savored? Would the key ingredients be easily identifiable, or a mélange of separate influences?

If that neighborhood is Little Italy, you’ll have the chance to find out on Wednesday, May 25, 5-9 p.m., at the 4thannual Taste of Little Italy. Over 20 restaurants will be participating, offering up samples of their specialties, and attendees should expect to enjoy not only classic Italian favorites, but also the eclectic presentations that have helped to make this part of town both historic and hip.

If your tastebuds go into paroxysms of delight when dining italiano, be sure to sample such dishes as fusilli with mushrooms and peas in brandy cream sauce offered by Buon Appetito and Sogno DiVino, pizza selections from Filippi’s Pizza Grotto or Landini’s Pizza, polenta cakes with gorgonzola mushroom cream sauce from Vincenzo Ristorante Italiano, Bencotto’s fusilli with pink pancetta sauce, pasta with homemade sausage or white wine sauce by Mimmo’s Italian Village, Mona Lisa Italian Foods’ hearty lasagna and garlic bread, mini meatballs and sausage by Petrini’s, or other selections from Po Pazzo or Zia’s Bistro.

If variety is truly the spice of life, then life in the Little Italy dining scene must be very spicy indeed, especially if you start with an appetizer of Indigo Grill’s pipián-crusted Brie with jalapeno jelly. Chic supper club Anthology will present smoked duck breast with brandied cherries served on grilled sourdough bread, and sliders are on the menu from super-popular Burger Lounge. Craft & Commerce will be doing up mini kurobuta pork corn dogs with spicy cheese fondue and whole grain mustard, while Puerto La Boca will get flirty with their signature skirt steak and Argentinian chorizo sausage. Spicy Pickle will offer an assortment of sandwiches and paninis and, naturally, spicy pickles, while the W Hotel will showcase achiote-rubbed tuna with tomatillo corn relish. Yougurtland is providing a taste of desert with samples of 16 flavors of creamy, refreshing, frozen yogurt.

The taste of a neighborhood isn’t just in its food, however; beverages are needed to enliven the palate, as well, and over-21 attendees can sip Malbec wine from Puerto La Boca, or red or white wine from Enoteca Style. Beer fans will be able to sample two award-winning handcrafted brews from Karl Strauss Brewing Company.

Finish off the evening by sipping a coffee or cappuccino with a biscotti from Café Italiano or a coffee beverage and pastry from Starbuck’s, listen to live music as you stroll, greet old friends and make new ones -- this is the flavor of Little Italy. Taste it and come back for more!

Tickets for Taste of Little Italy are $35 in advance or $40 the day of the event. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Little Italy Association, dedicated to the ongoing improvement and enhancement of the Little Italy neighborhood. Get all the info at www.tasteoflittleitalysd.com.

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  • City: San Diego
  • Organization: Little Italy Association of San Diego
  • Dates: May 25, 2011