The Taste of Little Italy 2012

by Lauren

The glorious San Diego Taste of Little Italy took place a few weeks ago and we were so excited to go again! As three-time Taste of Little Italy champions, we take our job rolling walking around and eating food, quite seriously.

Here’s the highlight reel of our competitive eating tasting experience:

You will see here that after we grabbed our passes, we sat down at one of our favorite happy hour spots in Little Italy, Zia’s Bistro. Lucky for us they were serving up some delectable gnocchi for the Taste, otherwise we would have been extremely tempted to go for their ah-mazing white goat cheese pizza.

Don’t worry, we practiced “self control” for the time being as we knew that we could spare no room for distraction.


Ok, pound that wine. Let’s move along.


Zia’s Bistro: Creamy cheese gnocchi.


Puerto La Boca: Signature skirt steak, Argentinian chorizo sausage and a sample of Malbec Wine.


Bencotto: Pasta al Forno con Salsiccia: Oven baked artisanal macaroni in pink sauce with mozzarella and mild sausage.


Napizza: Veggie Pizza.


Pizza with red potato, crispy bacon, sprinkled with fresh mozzarella and classic zucchini velvet sauce.


Isola Pizza Bar: Bruschetta and tasty margarita pizza.


Craft  & Commerce: Soft serve ice cream sundae with salted chili de arbol caramel, Angostura bitters and toasted pretzel streusel.


Holy ice cream cone. We’ll be honest, we are HUGE fans of Craft & Commerce and we were a little let down when we saw that they were sampling “soft serve”…until we realized that they would never serve up anything plain and boring. We never should have doubted their craftiness.


Petrini’s:  Tortellini with a pink cream sauce.


Kelvin at the W Hotel: Compressed watermelon with blue cheese, cilantro and Saba drizzle.


Anthology: Local Halibut Crudo on Brioche Toast with Fresh Fava Bean Pesto.


Frabrison’s: Sweet crepes, these ones are stuffed with Nutella :) .


PrepKitchen: We were glad to see this new jewel of a restaurant in the Italian ‘hood. They had some amazing bacon wrapped dates stuffed with blue cheese, however, we gobbled it up before we could photograph it. Oops. You would understand if you were there.


Davanti Enoteca: roasted corn salad with walnuts, aged goat cheese, arugula and wild mushrooms, paired with and a lovely Aperol Spritz.



Caffe Italia: Espresso and cappuccino for days. Also, if you bat your eyes ask nicely, they do foam art! You’ll see this artist’s signature leaf design in the background, then a more intricate Indian design, in the front!


…and a little love in this one :) .



These artsy capps conclude our journey, this year. We’ve learned that these are most enjoyed last. In short, we ate all that…and more. Don’t ask how.

Pure domination.

Truthfully, we had some jolly good company tagging along for the stroll throughout Little Italy, helping us eat along the way. Thanks, Lindsey, Pearl and Chris! Our bellies would have been so full if it weren’t for those three.



From the Little Yellow Kitchen,

Chrissy & Lauren

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6 Responses to “The Taste of Little Italy 2012”

  1. Ohh what a fun and tasty trip! I’m drooling over all these pics!

  2. Everything looks amazing- and now I’m hungry.

    Congrats on Foodbuzz Top 9 today! Recipe looks ridic!

  3. Chrissy

    It’s one of our favorite Tastes!

  4. It all looks great, but OMG, I need to try that ice cream! That is insanity. But in a good, delicious way. :)

  5. I’ve always thought about going to one of these things, and now I know it’s a must for next year.. those Craft and Commerce soft serve sundaes look ridiculously good!

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