Chef’s Cooking Class: Pat DeRiso of Ernie’s Pizzeria

Chef’s Cooking Class: Pat DeRiso of Ernie’s Pizzeria

Join us for an exciting way for you to meet top chefs in their kitchens, learn their preparation and cooking methods, and then make their food with them. This class meets Pat DeRiso, pizzaiolo at Ernie’s Pizzeria in Westville. He grew up baking apizza with his father, Ernesto “Ernie”, who emigrated from Amalfi, Italy over 60 years ago. Established since 1971, Ernie’s loyal following sets them apart from other area pizzerias. Run entirely by the Pat, the pizzeria is one of the top-rated spots in the country taking awards for their mozzarella and plain tomato pizzas.

This class involves getting your hands dirty! Pat instructs the class on pizza making techniques. Members roll the dough into balls, flatten, stretch and dress the dough. Then each member delivers their pie into the oven and when finished, provides a meal for after class. Pizza history guru and author of Pizza in New Haven, Colin M. Caplan will be on hand to give background to pizza culture from its beginnings in Italy to its perfection in New Haven. During the class you are provided two servings of pizza, wine, beer, soda and coffee. You leave with vast knowledge of pizza making techniques, your own cooked pie, and an option to take pre-rolled pizza dough.

Latin American Tapas Tour

Latin American Tapas Tour

Join us on a Latin American themed culinary tour around Downtown New Haven sampling small plates of food from a variety of nationalities. La comida, or food, shows off the city’s diverse Latino culture. We will start with a Iberian wine tasting at The Wine Thief. Next we cross over to Soul de Cuba for a Cubano sandwich and mojito. We spice it up with Nuevo Latino cuisine featuring a duck quesadilla and a caipirinha at Pacifico. The tour rounds off back to the motherland of Spain at Barcelona for traditional tapas and sangria.

Pizza Lovers Tour

Pizza Lovers Tour

Pizza lovers and beer buffs will love this history-laden walking tour featuring 12 pizzas from some of the top-rated pizzerias in the country. Get your walking shoes on and don’t bother eating breakfast! The only US pizza tour outside of New York, Boston or Chicago, we skip the lines and bring the pizza and pints rolling! On this 6-Hour Pizza Lovers Tour we start with the oldest and most famous at Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana on Wooster Street and then head on down to Downtown to the popping popular spot, Bar. After a healthy walk through Yale University we hit the rockstar place Modern Apizza on State Street. Our last leg is a stroll back over to Wooster Street for the legendary Sally’s Apizza. Each pizzeria will serve 2 similar pies and then a specialty pizza and afterwards you get to be judge of your favorite.

Little Italy Pizza Tour

Little Italy Pizza Tour

This amazing forage into the world of pizza in the heart of New Haven’s Little Italy on Wooster Street takes you to some of the top-rated pizzerias in the country. We focus on pizza, history and pizza (did we mention that?) and shrink the walking. The 5-hour tour visits the historic Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana and the iconic Sally’s Apizza for New Haven style apizza, new kids on the block Zeneli Pizzeria for Neapolitan style pizza, and Abate’s Apizza for Sicilian style pies. All-in-all you will try 10 pizzas, have options for wine, beer and soda, and then vote on the best pizza of the day!

Chocolate Walk

Chocolate Walk

You will not be able to resist this 4-hour chocolate themed walking tour featuring decadent tastes all along the way. Oh baby, it’s the Chocolate Walk! This tour takes your taste buds along upper State Street where we sample various foods along with a different type of chocolate creation at each stop.

We start at Chestnut Fine Foods for a pick-me-up coffee, a chocolate pastry and some nice port, followed by a rich morsel of a chocolate ganache at Marjolaine. Don’t fret because an icy chocolate martini and Italian fare await you at Christopher Martins. After we sample ample chocolate-full cookie dough at Doughlicious. We amble over to Mezcal to sample the ancient chocolate chicken mole poblano, rice and beans, paired with a shot of mezcal. We mocha you crazy with a chocolate stout and some of the most stout New Haven apizza at Next Door.

-tour is 4 hours and about a mile of walking
-percentage of proceeds benefit the Montessori School on Edgewood
-must be 21 or over to attend

Trick or Eat Spooky Tour

Trick or Eat Spooky Tour

Get ready to taste the parts of New Haven that come from the depths of your nightmares. We have put together a walking tour that will make even the darkest demons hungry. It’s a tour to please to most sinister of impulsive appetites while we fill your brains with mind-bending tales and travel to known haunted sites, ancient cemeteries, eerie basements and fabled Yale secret societies. We may even have a few visitors popping in along the way….. Besides the copious amount of flesh we will be feeding on, our path will lead us to a coven of tasty bites, toothy tastes, and blood-thirsty concoctions.
Stops include Zafra Rumbar and Cuban Restaurant for scary good Cubano sandwiches, yuca fries and mojitos, Yorkside Pizza & Restaurant for gluttonous amounts of Greek food, pizza and beer or wine, Cask Republic for a mixed plate of pesto mac & cheese, pretzel bites, a Cubano enchilada and a bloody Bloody Mary, finishing your evening in the bowels of a historic hotel, with a cocktail and party at Ordinary!

This creepy amble lasts about 4 hours and is rain, shine or kingdom come. Survivors walk about 1.5 miles total. All food, blood and drink tastes are covered in your ticket price. To escape the wrath of your guide, bring a little cash treat to help them wet their beak.

Book a Private Tour

Create your own private group tour! Taste of New Haven offers interested parties a flexible schedule with an assortment of cuisines and themes. This is the perfect opportunity for you to celebrate a birthday, engagement, school reunion or bachelor or bachelorette party. Private group tours are perfect for an office team building experience, university departments looking to show off the local restaurant scene, or a group of friends just looking for an exciting culinary adventure. We work with over 70 restaurants and shops in Downtown, East Rock and Wooster Square. Contact Dan to book a private group tour today: [email protected] or 203-231-5649

Theater District Tour

Theater District Tour

Foodie’s will be delighted by this central Downtown culinary walking tour. Located in the heart of New Haven in the shadow of the great Shubert Theater, this tour takes us from one amazing restaurant to the next as we meander through the courtyards of Yale University.

The stops include some of the City’s best eats. We pre-dine with wine at The Wine Thief, then voyage to Bar for phenomenal pizza and locally-made beer, take a trip to Soul de Cuba for Cubano sandwiches and mojitos, digest it all on a stroll through Yale, land back at Cask Republic for a beer and some Gastro Pub fare, and finish it off with the tastes of Spain with tapas and sangria at Barcelona.

Canal Quarter Tour

Canal Quarter Tour

Try out Downtown New Haven’s most exciting food, drink and history filled walking tour. We have some great culinary stops just outside the City’s restaurant district. We stop at Koffee? for fresh brewed coffee and homemade pastries, Odd Bins Bottle Shop for a wine tasting, rendezvous for crepes at Choupette Creperie, cake it up at Katalina’s Kupcakes, Caseus Cheese Shop for a paired cheese tasting, Zafra Cuban Restaurant & Rum Bar for Cuban fare and mojitos, and finally at Au Chalet for Swiss cheese and wine.

Goatville Tour

Goatville Tour

We are gathering the herd to head to Upper State Street for the Goatville Tour! Here guests will be delighted to find an intact commercial district just outside of Downtown, full of restaurants, shops and lore. Our day starts off in the morning some tasty treats at Chestnut Fine Foods, a neighborhood staple restaurant and caterer. It’s a hop, skip and a jump over to Marjolaine for a taste of French style pastries. We move across the street to the famous Modern Apizza to try one of New Haven’s best pies and locally made soda. Then we head next door to Christopher Martins for a sandwich, salad and a beer tasting. The tour ventures a little into the residential neighborhood where walk and absorb the architecture and history. We spice it up at Mezcal for a taste of regional Mexican food and mezcal tasting and finish our journey off at Oak Haven for a dessert and wine tasting.