New York’s City’s largest festival, The Feast of San Gennaro, begins this Thursday, September 14th and runs for 11 days until September 24, 2017. This year marks the festival’s 91st anniversary since it began in 1926, when groups of Italian immigrants settled in what is now known as New York City’s “Little Italy.”
The New York festival, a 11-day salute to the patron saint of Naples, is run by Figli di San Gennaro (Children of San Gennaro), a non-profit organization devoted to preserving the spirit and faith of the early Italian community. More than one-million people from around the world flock to the Feast of San Gennaro to participate in the parades, religious processions, musical performances — and, of course, to chow down on the variety of Italian foods offered.
So that you don’t miss out on any of the excitement, we’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 things Not to Miss at the Feast of San Gennaro:
1. Tony Danza serving food at Alleva, the restaurant he co-owns – all week!
Image courtesy Figli di San Gennaro
Alleva, known as America’s oldest cheese store, has been producing homemade ricotta and mozzarella cheese since 1892. This is just one of the things that attracted the “Who’s the Boss” star, Tony Danza, to the Italian restaurant.
As the co-owner, Danza will be serving food to festival visitors all week — meats, cheeses, pastas, you name it! He is just one friendly face among the millions that you can be sure to encounter at the feast.