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North Beach Culinary Experience (with optional Alcohol Pairing)

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    Meet your guide and small group of food-loving new friends in Washington Square Park, a landmark in the heart of North Beach. Start out along the route of your walking tour, which follows an easy, flat route, and includes lots of food stories. Beginning in the morning or afternoon, this outing will last about 3 hours. Listen to engaging commentary from your guide as you walk, and learn about how this neighborhood was part of San Francisco's red-light district during the Gold Rush Days and the Italian Fisherman who made North Beach their home. Stop by some hidden tunnels that were used to smuggle liquor into the city during Prohibition. Your 4-course culinary experience may begin with San Francisco's famous seafood stew, cioppino, while your guide tells you interesting tidbits about the local food and drink scene.

    After a second appetizer at a local hangout, you'll enjoy your entree of either some wood-fired pizza made in the oldest pizza oven on the West Coast, dating from 1935 or delicious Eggplant Parmesan at a local historical favorite restaurant. Your progressive meal will conclude with California's version of Italy - a fresh filled cannoli or gelato. You'll finish your tour just a couple of blocks from where you started. You're free to explore the fascinating neighborhood on your own from here.

    Please note: Samples and locations are subject to change without notice. This experience focuses on quality not quantity. Yes, you’ll leave satisfied, but you should taste and experience food in a new way – and this is about the quality and flavor! Great things come in small packages…
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    Reviewed yesterday via mobile

    Hanna did an excellent job keeping our group well fed, entertained and provided interesting stories and SF history! We made new friends along the way! Great way to eat our way around North Beach for 3 hours!

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank ronhen
    Reviewed yesterday

    I really enjoyed the tour. The historical aspect that I didn't realize was part of the tour made it special. A couple of the stops were worth the time just because of the eclectic atmosphere. Haley our guide was terrific.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank David R
    Reviewed 3 days ago

    I am feeling so blessed that I was able to spend an afternoon touring and tasting around the vibrant neighborhood of North Beach. Our tour guide Haley was a fellow food lover, and her enthusiasm for the food and stories of the area was infectious....More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Momtodamooks
    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    Our guide, Hannah, gave us a wonderful food tour through North Beach, with new twists on familiar foods, ESPECIALLY the pizza! And we met some interesting foodies visiting from outside the U.S. You won’t regret making this a San Francisco experience.

    Thank Catluvr1948
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    I booked a walking food tour with Avital Tours (I forget which one, but it had wine) in North Beach for my team. Everyone on my team had a great time and really enjoyed all the food. Haley was awesome, giving us bits of history...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Joe M
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