March 3, 2024


Food never sleeps.

Bloomfield’s Minor Italy Times to return with food items, bocce and security in mind

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Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield will at the time once more be stuffed with Italian foodstuff, new music and, of program, bocce.

The 19th yearly Little Italy Times returns immediately after getting canceled past year since of the pandemic. Regarded as the region’s largest heritage pageant, it will just take spot this yr from Aug. 19 via Aug. 22.

“We are so satisfied to be back again,” said Bloomfield indigenous Sal Richetti, the event’s producer on Thursday. “There will be meatballs and pasta and cannoli and very hot sausage and more. Everyone is Italian through Minimal Italy Days.”

Richetti reported he’s been obtaining calls from companies to see if the occasion is occurring. Last calendar year, it was initial postponed until finally October 2020. Richetti then resolved to terminate the Oct day because covid-19 scenarios were being even now growing.

He said they will stick to the Centers for Condition Control and Avoidance and condition suggestions. The festival’s footprint reaches throughout Liberty Avenue from Taylor Road to Gross Road. In previous many years concerning 40,000-80,000 individuals have attended. Masks are advisable for people today who are not vaccinated.

Some vendors are getting difficulties with staffing troubles like quite a few businesses, Richetti said. But there will certainly be loads of suppliers on internet site.

There will be a lot more than 30 functions across a few stages all over the 4 times A Minor Pass up Italy contest will be held at midday on Aug. 22. It is for contestants ages 4-17 yrs previous.


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Bloomfield’s Minimal Italy Days’ producer Sal Richetti (correct) poses with former KDKA-Television set news anchor Paul Martino on Aug. 12 to go over the event which is scheduled for Aug. 19-22 together Liberty Avenue.


Paul Martino, a Bloomfield resident, and former KDKA-Television news anchor will emcee the celebration which kicks off with a movie star bocce match.

“Little Italy Days is coming back with good Italian food stuff and excellent audio and bocce,” explained Martino who was keeping a trophy. “This trophy correct listed here will be up for grabs. The Italians versus the Irish. The Italians won very last yr. Who will get the trophy this 12 months?”


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Bloomfield’s Very little Italy Days’ producer Sal Richetti retains the trophy for the once-a-year superstar bocce match at a press celebration on Aug. 12. The annual occasion is scheduled for Aug. 19-22 alongside Liberty Avenue.


On Aug. 19, starting off at 6 p.m. Pittsburgh Mayor Invoice Peduto who is Italian will form a staff to contend in opposition to Allegheny County Govt Prosperous Fitzgerald’s Irish squad in bocce.

The occasion is cost-free. There is a VIP practical experience for $19.95 which features a T-shirt, a bottle of h2o, slice of pizza from Caliente Pizza and a seat in a tent in the vicinity of the most important stage.

“I grew up in Bloomfield,” Richetti mentioned. “This is a possibility to rejoice our heritage. Past year, covid canceled pretty considerably anything. We are satisfied to be back again. It should be a terrific time.”

Several hours are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 19, midday to 10 p.m. Aug. 20-21 and midday to 6 p.m. Aug. 22.

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Evaluation staff members author. You can get hold of JoAnne at 724-853-5062, [email protected] or by means of Twitter .

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