The 111th St. Ann’s Italian Street Festival in Hoboken drew in hundreds on its fourth day, a welcome surprise to organizers and vendors after last year’s cancellation. The COVID-19 pandemic had brought one of Hoboken’s most notable events to an abrupt halt last year. But now as the country begins to turn a new leaf, the organizers of the festival d...

Sunday was the final day for The Italian Fest, a staple in Wheeling. "Everything has gone great, we've had a great weekend, we have had crowds bigger than we have seen in recent times," said Frankie DiCarlantonio, a board member for the festival. "It was nice to see a lot of familiar faces," said Joe Rimedio of Rimedio's Bakery. Familiar faces were...

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 frit...

Get ready, amici: tomato season is in full swing! From juicy heirlooms to sweet and tangy cherry tomatoes, it's that time of year to enjoy the glorious bounty of the season. Meaning "golden apple" in Italian, a perfect pomodoro is one of life's simple pleasures.  And, even though the tomato is not originally native to Italy (hard to believe, we kno...

The Friends of St. Liberata will honor Village of Patchogue Housing Inspector Joseph Brandi as the Italian-American of the Year at their annual Italian feast on Sept. 18. Brandi, 73, has been an active member of the Patchogue-Medford Community for decades, in particular with Patchogue-Medford Schools athletic programs, Patchogue Knights of Columbus...

After a year hiatus, Festa Italiana returns to Naper Settlement with lower admission prices, lots of food and a lineup of popular bands. “We’ve had some exciting changes this year. This year it’s free until 5 (p.m.). And if you’re a Naperville resident it’s $5 all weekend long with proof of residency and $10 for anybody after 5 o’clock,” said Miche...

The Feast of St. Rocco — a five-day celebration of Italian heritage and the patron saint of the sick — returns to Glen Cove this month. The "Best Feast In The East," as it's dubbed, is hosted by the Church of St. Rocco. It kicks off July 28 and includes carnival rides, live music and entertainment, raffle prizes, and a wide variety of food. Each ye...

People looking to get the flavor of Italian cities such as Palermo, Rome and Venice do not have to travel far, as Festa Italiana in Schererville offers exactly that. After canceling the 2020 festival due to concerns regarding coronavirus, Villa Cesare Events & Banquets presents the free annual event July 30-Aug 1 outdoors. “Our volunteers are excit...

If you've read some of the articles that I've written over the years, you know my love for food, fairs, and local festivals. One of my favorite local events here in Connecticut is Waterbury's Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Feast. It was last weekend and I missed it this year. Just as we were about to head over to Highland Avenue this past Saturday, thunder...

The Undo's Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival is celebrating 38 years. The pandemic put the fest on hiatus in 2020, but kicked off, unofficially, Wednesday evening with its traditional scholarship and awards dinner. Nearly 100 people from the Italian American Club came together to drink and feast before the long-standing festival begins ag...