It's that time of year again!! The annual "Feast" as we have termed it. The 4 day long festival where Clevelanders from near and far come to honor the blessed Mother and walk the historic streets of Little Italy. Starting on Thursday August 12th and going until Sunday August 15th the streets from the top of the Mayfield Hill down to Murray Hill Road will be closed to guests can walk freely thru the streets enjoying various samplings of Italian food and sweets from the areas local restaurants. Behind the Church in the parking lot there are rides and games for the younger crowd, music roars all about the street with bands, DJs, and Italian singers keeping things exciting! The galleries are open extra late so people can shop while they eat and drink! Tents line the streets with various "Fair food" options to offer. Some are authentic Italian foods while others may be the yearly kettle corn and cinnamon roasted nuts tent or the clams on the corner. The Mayfield Smoke shop features hand rolled cigars for guests to enjoy while chowing down on a bowl of homemade cavatelli and meatballs from my favorite....you guessed it, Guarino's!
Yep, it is that time of year again. You can feel it in the air. It's hot outside, the days are getting a bit shorter and school is just around the corner. Each year this is a reminder to me that the annual "Feast" is coming. My family works long and hard hours with our cavatelli stand out front of Guarino's and a bar in our parking lot under the tent, Grandpa sells his t-shirts, and we can't forget about the inside of the restaurant too! Inside Guarino's offers a special "Feast" menu for customers to enjoy if they prefer a more relaxed sit down meal rather than "stand food" on the streets.
As that last Church bell rings and they prepare to put the Blessed Mother away, I stand with my family and smile as we know....another Feast has come and gone, Summer has come to an end, and yes....just 365 more days until the Feast comes again; the craziest 4 days where we get to come together and share in our livelihood as a family.
If you're in the neighborhood stop down to see us at Guarino's this weekend. Grandma and the whole family will be there doing what we do best! Ciao!