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July 22, 2013

Molto Biene! The Italian Festival rises again Aug. 2-4

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — “Carmine’s doing a great job,” Lucantonio said.  “He’s cut expenses. He got the generators donated. We could never get anybody to do that. And he got Modern (Corp.) to donate the dumpsters so that is a big savings.”

This year’s festival will expand last year’s mini-fest onto Pine Street between Portage Road and 15th Street. Vendors include the Markethouse, Melloni’s Meats, My Thai Restaurant, The Como Restaurant, Viola’s Submarines, Call Dave for Pizza, Rigatoni’s Restaurant, Billy’s Beef, Santillo’s Restaurant, The Echo Club, Tropical Ice, Sweet Melody’s Gelato, Rosana’s Jewelry, Sweet Treats Ice Cream and more.

There will be a children’s pageant at 11 a.m. Saturday, and a spaghetti/cake eating contest at 3 p.m. 

There will be Italian music and dancing, along with a variety of local bands playing popular American music, who will perform throughout the three-day event. 

There will also be a 5K run at 8 a.m. Sunday, with a special 11 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph’s Church at 1413 Pine Ave., followed by an Italian Special Citizen Award Ceremony. Opera singer and music teacher Lisa Surace will sing Italian opera at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

The festival will close at 6:30 p.m. with a Buffalo singer who portrays Frank Sinatra, who is arguably one of the most famous Italian American entertainers. “He sings Sinatra like no one else,” Bianco said. “When you hear him, you’ll stop dead in your tracks.” 

Bianco is determined to revive the annual event that honors the history of the city’s Italian heritage.

“The signs say ‘Little Italy,’” Bianco said, referring to the signs that mark the beginning and end of the city’s Italian-themed district. “It’s a sin to let Pine Avenue go.” 

For more information on the festival, email Bianco at carminebianco53@gmail.com.

IF YOU GO • WHAT: The Italian Festival • WHEN: Noon to 10 p.m. Aug. 2; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 3; and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 4 • WHERE: Pine Avenue in Niagara Falls from Portage Road to 15th Street • MORE INFO: Email Carmine Binco at carminebianco53@gmail.com

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