In addition to the musical acts, some of the Island’s best eateries participated in the festival this year, including Da Noi, The Stone House, Pasticceria Bruno, Cucina Teresa, Alfonso’s, Novelli’s Pork Store, Montalbano’s and Cheech-A-Cini’s. Cooking demonstrations werebe held by local “celebrity chefs” Franco Ortega of Italianissimo and Max Callichio of Max’s Es-Ca.
The day was not only fun, but also educational. Several local cultural groups educated visitors about Italian history and culture. The groups included Casa Belvedere, the Commission on Social Justice, Crossroads Church, Fr. Vincent Capodanno Lodge #212, the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, Italian American Women of Staten Island, Italian Club of Staten Island, Italian Heritage Committee of New York, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College/CUNY, Knights of Columbus, NYC Compost Project, Order Sons of Italy in America, and the National Organization of Italian American women.
"The weather may have put a small damper on the crowd, but not the fun the crowd had,” noted BP Oddo. “It's a great vibe. People loved the food and entertainment and Louis Prima Jr.'s great performance. We hope that all who came to the festival now have a deeper understanding and appreciation for all things Italian-American."
The event was sponsored by Broadway Stages, CTV, Senator Diane Savino, Gerald Peters, Italian American Women of Staten Island, Council Member Joe Borelli, Grand Oaks Country Club/South Fin Grill, Montalbano’s, Project 1, the Lois and Richard Nicotra Foundation, Richmond University Medical Center and the Staten Island Mall.