It’s mid-September in The Big Apple, and the air is filled with the smell of sausage and peppers and fresh frying zeppole, because ‘a festa ‘e tutte ‘e feste’—’The Festival of All Festivals’ has arrived!
For eleven days each September, thousands descend on Mulberry Street in Manhattan’s Little Italy for the Feast of San Gennaro, and this week, Rossella and John are invited to share a unique view inside the “Greatest Feast of Them All”.
When Rossella is asked to host a private pasta making demonstration to celebrate the opening day of this year’s Feast with WABC Radio NY, she brings the Podcast into the event so John can record an on-location episode to explore the history and happenings behind this world famous Festa!
While Ro, Nonna Romana, and Zia Rosa spend the day hand crafting pounds and pounds of fresh Orecchiette, signing cookbooks and greeting fans, John will try to explain the history of San Gennaro, patron Saint of Napoli, the ancient traditions that celebrate his devotion in that famed city, and how they were transported to and adapted in New York City almost a century ago.
He’ll take to Mulberry Street, the heart of this famed Italian quarter, to speak to some local friends about their experience of the Feast, its history, and its future, and he’ll take you inside his personal experience awaiting the miracle of San Gennaro in Naples.
If you love an Italian American Feast, and if the sounds of a bustling Italian neighborhood dressed in all its finest are music to your ears, then you will love every second of this cacophonous cruise into the heart of one of Italian America’s most important annual rituals!
The Italian American Podcast Team