The San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy kicked off this past week.
This is the 86th year of the feast that celebrates the patron saint of Naples. September 19 is the feast day of San Gennaro, and there will be a Mass at Most Precious Blood church followed by a procession down Mulberry Street.
Foods that are traditional at Italian festivals include fried dough called zeppole, served with powdered sugar. My grandma would make zeppole on St. Joseph’s Day.
Other Italian festival favorites include sausage and pepper sandwiches, clams, and fried calamari:
There are a lot of other Italian foods available at the festival, including Italian cookies and pastries, gelato, and pizza as well as fair foods like fried Oreos and funnel cakes.