We may be thousands of miles away from Italy here in San Diego, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do Italian.
From the people who know it best -better known as those living in Little Italy and originally hailing from the country itself – comes the Sicilian Festival. This Sunday, May 23th, all day in Little Italy’s India Street comes some of the best Italian flavors, colors and spirit. Think you know the real Little Italy? Think again.
Celebrating 17 years in San Diego’s own Italian district, the Sicilian Festival was originally founded by small bakery owner Mario Cefalu, a Sicilian native himself. Though he loved his new town, Mario was still proud of his heritage and decided to introduce his country’s most fulfilling treats to his new city. The Sicilian Festival emerged and gave Italian fans something to cheer about.
Serving up some of the most delicious Sicilian food you can find, expert chefs from San Diego are expanding their menus to pay tribute to Mario’s lovely hometown. But that’s not all – this year the Sicilian Festival welcomes the Puma World Cup Soccer Fan Zone on Beech and India Street. Great for kids and “futbol” fans, since Italy’s 2006 World Cup Soccer win Italy as a whole has been united in their love for the sport.
As usual, the Roman Holiday Ensemble will perform (several members actually help run the festival), as well as legendary Sicilian accordionist Dick Contino. On hand to lead the Sicilian flag procession is County Supervisor Ron Roberts, while restaurateur Joe Busalacchi is filling stomachs with some signature Sicilian favs (like anancini di risi – fried rice balls stuffed with cheese and meat).
Let the Italian spirit take you this weekend to Little Italy!
[image from Sicilian Festival]