First Look: Little Italy Food Hall Opens Thursday

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The Little Italy Food Hall is situated next to the 11,000-square-foot Piazza della Famiglia on West Date Street between India and Columbia streets.
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The Maritime-themed food hall will boast six locally-driven food stations, a mobile outdoor cooking station and a full bar with local craft beer and cocktails. The Bar at LIFH will highlight some of the vast supply of craft brews San Diego has to offer, red and white wines from around the world, and an assortment of Italian-inspired craft cocktails.
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Two brothers from the New England shoreline are bringing a slice of Maine to Little Italy. The restaurant is newer to San Diego but Wicked Main Lobster has already become a popular spot at Liberty Public Market and the farmer's markets the eatery frequents.
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Wicked Maine Lobster will feature seafood-centric bites popular on the East Coast at their LIFH station -- like creamy Maine lobster rolls, mac & cheese peppered with fresh lobster and hearty clam chowder bowls.
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This culinary concept, created by the brains behind Zen Modern Asian Bistro in Carmel Mountain, is one of two Asian-cuisine vendors to be recently added to the LIFH family.
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Mein St. Asian Kitchen will feature offerings described as Asian-style comfort food. Guests can expect stuffed dumplings, juicy wings and the ever-so-popular boba milk teas to grace the menu.
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Classic Japanese dishes -- like Donburi, a rice dish topped with seafood and vegetables -- will get a new spin at Single Fin Kitchen thanks to Executive Chef Antonio Quindere.
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Quindere spent time in Japan where he learned to appreciate the simplicity of the Donburi dish and has worked alongside culinary masters in the U.S., like celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa and Michelin-starred chef Jeff Ramsey.
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San Diego-based television cooking personality "Sam the Cooking Guy" is behind this taco-centric spot coming to LIFH.
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Not Not Tacos will feature tacos made with "genre-bending" ingredients not typically found in tacos, like meatloaf, salmon and pastrami. This is the restaurant's meatloaf taco.
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The shrimp taco from LIFH's Not Not Tacos.
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A sign next to the Not Not Tacos menu is perfectly "Sam the Cooking Guy." LIFH will capitalize on San Diego's sunshine with frequent outdoor cooking demonstrations featuring the hall's chefs, including Sam Zein.
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With an outdoor patio perfect for San Diego sunshine, guests can learn how to make (and likely sample) signature creations at these outdoor cooking demos.
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