Italian Festa! this weekend in the Valley

Holy Rosary parish in Ansonia will sponsor its 46th annual Italian festival nightly from 5-10 from Thursday, Aug. 8 to Saturday, Aug. 10 on church grounds on Father Salemi Drive in downtown Ansonia.

“Festa!” is a celebration of Italian heritage as the parish recalls its roots as an immigrant parish in the early 1900s. The current church (and festival) is located in the old Powe Street neighborhood that once housed a vibrant Italian enclave from 1900 to the flood redevelopment era of the 1960s.

Admission is free. The festival takes place on flat-paved grounds, providing easy access for everyone.

Freshly prepared ethnic specialties

The festival features freshly prepared Italian foods, such as soffrito, lasagna al forno, porchetta, pizza fritta, ravioli fritta, fried calamari and more.

All food items are freshly prepared in the parish hall kitchen by parishioners each day. The recipes used are established, tried-and-true and finished with love, according to event organizers.

Special dessert items are Italian pastry treats like cannolis and sfogliatelle. The festival also features gelato made by the award-winning Gelato Giuliana of New Haven.

Rides, games, music and marketplace

The festival also offers live musical entertainment each night. Rainbow Amusements provides rides for children. Visitors can try their hands at the games of skill and games of chance.

An Italian Marketplace will sell Italian gifts and novelties ideal for the holidays.

‘Vibrant part of the local community’

The Rev. Stephan Krugel, pastor of Holy Rosary, said he looks forward to this year’s event. Father Steve was a teen at Holy Rosary parish in the early years of the festival and volunteered then, as so many other parishioners have through the years.

“It’s great to be able to return to my home parish and find our festival to be such a vibrant part of the local community,” Krugel said. “I look forward to working the booths again this year. This is a great event and I invite our friends to join us this year for an exciting Festa!”

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