An Evening in Little Italy

Heidi Bilodeau of Ratcliff, Susie Younie of DEA, Dianna and I went down to Little Italy for the Feast of San Gennaro. Originally a one-day religious festival, the 11-day street fair is an annual celebration of Italian culture and the Italian-American community.

What this meant for us was live music, tons of Italian food sold by street vendors and an incredibly overpriced pitcher of sangria.

We had a blast!

Of course, we did the obligatory tourist shopping, and though I didn't follow the woman who came up to me and whispered she could take me to the Prada and Gucci bags, I did cruise the "I Heart NY" store and resisted picking up yet another $5 pashmia.

It was fun to wander around Little Italy. There were tons of people who were probably tourists like me, but I actually heard "fuhgeddaboutit" used in real language by a man who could pull it off. One of my favorite things was the singer at Ferrara's. He did a great job of interacting with the crowd and making us all feel Italian for the night.

The moral to this story is that if you are planning a trip to NY and you like Italian food and music, you should definitely plan to go around the second Tuesday in September. The Feast of San Gennaro was the best!

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Maira Gall