The Feast of San Gennaro: Make Sure You Get a Selfie With Tony Danza

 

I’ve had a love/hate relationship with DA FEAST for years. Loved it at first but then quickly soured on the whole 11-day shenanigans all over my neighborhood.

  • However, since this has been my summer of State Fairs – and since so many of my besties are Italian (hello Luciana!! Hello Nick Belperio!) – I decided to give it another try.
  • And….I am happy to report that it was a lot of fun to be out with my fellow NYers on opening night.
  • I was blessed by the priest, saw some cute young dude (probably a youtube star) with his full-on camera crew being chased around by a group of young lasses (see his pic below and if anyone recognizes him, let me know who he is!!).
  • And I’m almost positive I saw Tony Danza outside of Alleva, the cheese shop he co-owns at the corner of Mulberry and Grand. The older ladies were all over him begging their husbands to snap a quick pic.
  • For those of you not familiar with the Feast of San Gennaro, it’s an annual 11-day street fair now in its 91st year. It draws over one million people. This is also the first year I noticed local restaurants setting up al fresco dining and being part of the fair as opposed to griping about it. As the saying goes: if you can’t beat them, join them.

Pictures and video below.

Little Italy

 

Popular stand

 

One of the Mulberry Street restaurants participating with a stand

Whole Foods sponsor

Pina Coladas served in coconuts was super hot!!

Another local restaurant (Ruby) participating

Traditional feast food

This guy had a 4-man video crew with him. anyone know who he is??

They know!!

 

 

Old St. Patrick’s

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