Little Italy is the place to be is this weekend with the annual Saint Paul’s Italian Festival in full swing.
Ron Divecchio says, “Everybody’s welcome. And we love to have everybody.”
Saint Paul’s Italian Fest has been bringing thousands of people to Little Italy every summer for decades.
Tim NeCastro says, “It’s grown every year in popularity the number of people that come and the amount of food that we have to prepare. But it’s like a welcome home event for us here in little Italy. A lot of people that have left the area come back for the festival. So it’s like a reunion all weekend long. It’s so much fun.”
Offering live music, activities for kids and shopping. But you can’t forget the great homemade Italian food.
Divecchio says, “Sunday we’ll have spaghetti and meatballs. We made about 5,000 meatballs. We sell sandwiches and then we have Philly cheese sandwich, sausage and peppers. We have eggplant parmesan.”
Along with all that delicious homemade food that’s being sold out here, comes homemade desserts like canolis.
Proceeds from the Italian Festival go directly into helping to keep the church doors open.
And Divecchio, who’s Tom Divecchio’s uncle, says this year’s festival is most important because of all the changes going on in the dioceses.
Divecchio says, “We just to assure people that we’re doing all we can to be here. And to keep our traditions alive.”
The festival continues all weekend.
Music on Saturday by Pasta Con Mojo from 2-5 p.m.,
The Italian Dancers will perfom at 5:15 p.m.,
Music by Cugini Italiani from 6-10 p.m. – $2,000 Drawing at 10 p.m.
Mass on Sunday at 11 a.m. celebrated by Bishop Persico
Spaghetti Dinner Sunday from Noon till 5 p.m.
Music on Sunday by the Riff Riders from 2-5 p.m.,
Music by Ruby Port from 6-9 p.m. – $8,000 Drawing at 8 p.m.