Southington Italian-American Festival brings thousands

Jul 25, 2021 445

Over the weekend, neighbors and friends from near and far took part in the return of the Southington Italian-American Festival on Center Street, experiencing the tastes of the European Mediterranean in the form of food and fellowship. At the Southington UNICO tent, Patty Boissonneault was frying up “pateas,” she said, otherwise known as squash fritters.

“It’s my grandmother’s recipe,” said Boissonneault. “She dubbed them pateas and she used to make them with zucchini flowers. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get those so we don’t have them today. Basically, it’s zucchini and yellow squash, tomatoes and onions, basil, parsley, garlic and then fried in canola oil… The more people I’m talking to say (their) mother and grandmother used to make them so everybody puts their own twist on it.”

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