Little Italy Festa is the largest Italian American Festival on the West Coast. I love living in this quaint San Diego neighborhood for events like this! One of my BFF’s PK, or as I like to call him, PKizzle, and I attended the event on Saturday afternoon.
Upon arrival the first thing that caught our attention was the free photo booth from La Jolla Photo Booths, for those of you that know us, this was an obvious first stop as we’re both known as “paparazzi” within our group of friends for our immense amounts of picture-taking!
Don’t worry about that top pic getting cut off, I was SO not prepared when the first shot happened!
Next, we traveled down India St to check out what else was going on.
We spent some time walking down Grape Street checking out all the amazing Live Italian Chalk Art that was going on!
These artists have some serious talent!
It is amazing that this is all done with chalk!
Although I have memories of making some pretty legit chalk art on my parents driveway growing up, I think these might be a little bit more impressive!
We then traveled back up India to check out what else the Festa had in store. We walked by the cooking stage where live cooking demonstrations were hosted by local Little Italy restaurants.
Although we didn’t catch one, I think this is such a cool idea and every seat in the audience was taken!
Next, we ran into these people…
They were out promoting their San Diego Gondola business where they take couples or groups out for a cruise across the bay in an authentic Italian gondola. Such a cute idea, now I just need to find a boyfriend to take me on one (haha)!
Then it was time for my favorite part, the food!
Although we could have gone the traditional route with Italian food from one of the many delicious restaurants in the neighborhood, we decided to steer off the beaten path and try some of Hunter Steakhouse’s tasty tri-tip which we had been smelling all day!
PK and I split their tri-tip sandwich to save room in the belly for our next stop!
We then wandered over to Stone Brewery. No, not for the beer, well not exactly.
We were there for the Beer Mac and Cheese.
Cheese. Beer. Sausage. In a bowl. Enough said.
Yum, yum, yum.
We took our bowl of mac and cheese (well the portion in which I hadn’t already annihilated!) and went to watch some live music!
This guy was amazing. I could hear him from my condo all morning before we headed down. I’m pretty sure I heard “My Way” by Frank Sinatra at least 6 different times throughout the day and I didn’t hate it, like at all 🙂
If you want to attend next years festivities check out the Little Italy Festa website for more information!