Mangia!

Posted September 20, 2021

There are plenty of things to love about fall in New York, and the Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy is one of them. The celebration has been paying homage to the patron saint of Naples, Italy since 1926. Of course, last year around this time the streets were quiet, but 2021 brings the festival back in full swing, with this year's feast being held in honor of the 9/11 first responders and their families.

Through September 26,  Mulberry Street between Canal and Houston Streets is where the action is. Head there to watch colorful parades, catch free concerts, and, above all, eat!

Festival-goers chow down as they walk the streets. Of course, the food is strictly Italian-American...red sauce to the core: Sausage and pepper sandwiches from Lucy's Palace, cheese and meat-filled Italian egg rolls from Roll Up and eggplant, chicken and meatball parms from Alleva Dairy are just a few of the offerings. Round out your meal with ricotta-filled cannolis and the fried-dough-and-sugar goodness that are zeppoles.

If you're the kind that relishes watching other people stuff their faces with way too much food, there will be a cannoli eating competition on the 17th at 2 p.m. Head to the festival stage Wednesday the 22nd at 1 p.m. for a zeppole eating contest, and on the 24th at 1 there will be folks competing for a pizza eating crown.

The festival stage, located at the corner of Grand and Mott Streets feature live entertainment nightly starting at 6:30.

Image via Jazz Guy/Flickr