A Trip to Italy…well almost!

Some of us have been fortunate enough to see the real thing (the boot known as Italy), but for those of you who haven’t, Festa Italiana in Milwaukee is the place for you! The festival greeted visitors with gladiators, Michelangelo’s David, and an enormous replica of the Trevi Fountain. Once I threw my coins in the fountain, it was off for an unforgettable culinary experience. First stop: Divino Wine & Dine for a rice ball (arancini in Italian) before a stroll past the cultural tents to learn about religious art, Italian cinema, an d admire handmade items from local artisans. I had a pretty strong reminder of Venice when I saw the Gondolas being steered around Lake Michigan. The view of the boats, the sunset, and that great rice ball brought it all back. Once my sweet tooth hit, I couldn’t pass up a cannoli from Peter Scortino’s Bakery and along with the great opera coming from one of the many stages. You would think I was there just for the food, but that’s enough of a reason to check out this wonderful festival. The evening ended in a trifecta of amazing experiences: a pit stop at Glorioso’s for an Italian beef sandwich, a stop by one of the many cultural tents to say hello to The Chairman of the Board, and fireworks just after sunset. Whether you’re in Chicago, New York, or Rome, Festa Italiana is an event not to be missed.

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