Little Italy Walking Tour: Food, Drink, History
18 Ratings
San Diego
Embark on a captivating Little Italy walking tour and immerse yourself in the vibrant food, drink, and history of this iconic neighborhood. Discover hidden gems, savor delectable food samples, and indulge in wine, beer, and dessert tastings.
Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • 519 W Date St - Pizza, Pasta and Piazzas is the perfect way to get to know Little Italy the city’s best neighborhood for food and fun! San Diego’s Italian quarter has grown in popularity for not just Italian fare, but also for the rich array of local restaurant hot-spots that have opened up in the last 10 years, or so. In addition to the traditional pasta and pizza dishes, Little Italy offers up top chef cuisine, vegan breakfasts, juicy burgers, and lounges for dancing and fine cocktails! The possibilities to whet your palate are endless. This tour will have you savoring iconic bites while you get an understanding about the history and current vibe of the neighborhood with one of our professional and personable guides.
What's Included
  • Explore Little Italy with a Walking History Tour
  • Includes all fees and taxes
  • Enjoy Food & Drink Samples
What's Not Included
  • Guide Gratuity is not Included
Meal Options
  • Pappardelle Bolognese Pasta with Glass of Wine - Parpadelle Bolognese will satisfy any craving for an authentic Italian meal. Pair this with a choice of red or white Italian wine.
  • Slice of Local Italian Pizza - Guests will get to select a slice of locally house-made pizza.
  • Slider with Sangria or Beer - A grass-fed beef slider with onion mayo, cheddar and sweet relish paired with a taster of a local beer or sangria.
  • Local Gelato - Guests will get their choice of a locally made gelato for dessert.
Additional Information

On this excursion, participants will be guided around the Little Italy district by a local specialist, who will provide them with exclusive knowledge about local eateries, stores, and vendors that are not typically known to tourists, as well as share the distinctive history of this precinct. Participants can look forward to socializing with new acquaintances as they sample culinary delights at four separate establishments, two offering the chance to savor wine or beer samplings, and one featuring a dessert tasting.

519 W Date St
West Date Street
Guests will meet the tour guide at the Fountain in Piazza della Famiglia.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
(18 Ratings)
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Jan 16, 2024
Do this tour - So worth it - Adriana was amazing. The food was delicious. Highly recommend! Well worth the price! Thank you for sharing your 'hood w/us.
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Dec 29, 2023
Excellent food! Excellent guide! - Amy was an excellent guide. We’ve done several food tours. We enjoyed being able to sit for awhile at each location talking, eating, drinking. Would highly recommend this tour. The food was amazing too!!
Review provided by Viator
Dec 28, 2023
Great way to spend an evening. - Amy was a great tour guide. We learned some very interesting history and enjoyed delicious flavors of Little Italy.
Review provided by Viator
Aug 5, 2023
Wonderful experience! - Our tour guide Raul was wonderful, had lots of fun history to share about Little Italy. The food was great!! I was the only vegetarian in the group but they accommodated me at each stop. Can’t wait to try out the others!
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May 19, 2023
Amazing tour definitely a must do if visiting San Diego. - My mom and I are visiting San Diego from Washington state. We decided to take this food tour of Little Italy and we're not disappointed. Everywhere we went was amazing and definitely well worth the money. The tour guide not only took us to the restaurants but on the way to each restaurant also told us about the history of Little Italy.
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Dec 31, 2022
Little Italy tour - This was good. I've done lots of food tours and this one was not the best but not the worst. Food was tasty and enough for dinner. Fettuccine with bolognese, pizza, slider, and gelato. Got a glass of wine and sangria as well. Kirk was friendly and has extensively traveled.
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Sep 30, 2022
Fun. - Great tour. Tasty food, nice restaurants in lovely Little Italy. Kirk is knowledgeable and fun. You will love this tour
Review provided by Viator
Aug 4, 2022
Knowledgable Historian guide and great food portions - We have a lovely time at Little Italy, San Diego. I will recommend it again. we both left with our bellies full of delicious Italian food.
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Aug 1, 2022
Unexpected Surprise with an Italian Twist - This tour honestly was one of the most unexpected surprises on my trip to San Diego. This past week my friend and I traveled out to San Diego, and were originally supposed to go do the Gaslamp tour that this company provides. However, The Red Hot Chili Peppers were in California at the time and the Gaslamp would've been chaotic. The tour company rerouted us to another tour that worked out better for us (which was this tour specifically). We got paired with Kirk, and needless to say Kirk was superb! He was an amazing tour guide with a positive attitude and provided a lot of good historical stories of the Little Italy neighborhood but also San Diego at large. Became friends with Kirk and look forward to seeing him hopefully again someday on a tour in San Diego when we come back!
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Dec 29, 2022
Surprisingly bland and not so focused on Little Italy - This tour was booked through a travel agency for us. The best thing we ate was a fairly standard slider at the Queensland Public House (yes, a New Zealand place) Pasta bolognese was totally bland. Pizza was meh. Gelato was good but nothing special. Plus our tour guide spent more time regaling us with descriptions of his travel adventures than about the history of the neighborhood and I think he made some of it up (on both subjects) My son and I were pretty disappointed overall. I promised him we’d get better pasta at home in Chicago to make up for it.
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up to 15 guests
April 2024