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!

Ciao!
© Random Cathy
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