Don’t miss the great event!

The USF ITALIAN PROGRAM is pleased to remind you and your friends of the 14th ANNUAL FESTA ITALIANA 2011 events April 14-17, 2011. Festa Italiana is the primary fund-raiser for the Italian Club of Tampa. It is a weekend filled with great food, film and fun. For more information please visit: or call Kris at 813-342-3630.


Thursday, April 14, 2011 from 6pm to 9pm

The Italian Club of Tampa located at 1731 E 7th Avenue (in the historic Ybor City district of Tampa) Festa Italiana kicks off with Wines of Italy, a unique tasting experience where guests will sample over 70 wines from Italy while enjoying Italian antipasti and desserts. The silent auction offers an opportunity to win fabulous prizes and gift packages.


Friday, April 15, 2011 at 7pm

Screening of “Focaccia Blues” (2009) directed by Nico Cirasola. It is the story of two bakers from Altamura (Apulia region) who put the local McDonald’s out of business by stealing away their customers, enticing them with the local version of fast food: delicious focaccia topped with goodies like fresh tomatoes, meats, and cheeses. Altamura is well known for its doughy delicacies. Road signs welcome visitors to ”The City of Bread” upon entering the city limits. The film was awarded the distinction as Best Picture from the Association of Italian Film Critics. Based on a true story chronicled in a 2006 New York Times article “The Bread Is Famously Good, but It Killed McDonald’s,” the tale of two bakers able to defeat a McDonald’s has become the stuff of legends. Introduction and Q&A with Dr. Patrizia La Trecchia (USF Italian Program). Admission is free. Espresso, dolci, and popcorn will be available for purchase.


Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 10am to 6pm

In Centennial Park located between 18th and 19th Street along 8th Avenue (in the historic Ybor City district of Tampa, Florida). Spend a day with your entire family and enjoy such entertaining activities as the annual Bocce Ball Invitational Tournament, the Homemade Vino Competition, the Italian Idol singing competition and shopping the Ybor Saturday Fresh Market.


Sunday, April 17, 2011 from 11:30am to 6:30pm (Sunday Mass: 10:15am at The Italian Club) Centennial Park located between 18th and 19th Street along 8th Avenue (in the historic Ybor City district of Tampa, Florida) Festa Italiana on Sunday is the pinnacle of the annual Festa Italiana celebration that is a gathering of authentic tastes, sights and sounds straight from Italy. Attendees will enjoy the finest cuisines from over thirty of the Tampa Bay area’s top restaurants and caterers. The Main Stage will offer some of the world’s greatest entertainers, singers and dancers. Festa Italiana kicks off with Sunday Mass Procession followed by food, entertainment, cooking competitions and classes, grape stomping along with a children’s area and a cultural and genealogy area.


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