Our most sincere apologies for the belated post! We're still recovering from the gluttony that took place at the 86th Annual Feast of San Gennaro, in Little Italy. From potato croquettes to pasta to cannolis, we certainly had our share of Italian carbs. It takes place each year for 11 days to honor the patron saint of Naples, Italy.
We heard about the feast through a mutual friend, and what better to do on a Friday night than take a long, romantic walk down a sausage-scented street? Nothing. Nothing is better.
It has to be noted that the extend of cuisine at the San Gennaro Feast included but was not limited to Italian food: mozzarepas, spanakopita, potato swirls (whaaaat,) and the list goes on and on. They even served little drinks in coconuts.
In addition, there are games for kids, music, and beer gardens. We started off the night by splitting a sausage and peppers sandwich. This was meant to be our appetizer, but we later we caved and had something else. The bread was soft, the sausage was spicy, and the peppers were sweet.
The combination of flavors left us parched, so it was off to Toby's Public House for a couple of Peronis. We stood by the made-shift bar in the make-shift beer garden and admired each other in the moonlight. (Who said poetry is dead?)
Then we made our way over to a little restaurant for some vino, potato croquettes (second appetizer), and pasta. We shared lobster ravioli and penne with mushrooms. There's something undeniable romantic about an old-school, paper-napkin Italian restaurant.
Finally it was on to dessert. Phil stopped for a cigar, and Jess made her way over to the cannolis.
Overall, the San Gennaro Feast in Little Italy, NYC is fun to be had by the entire family and foodies alike. Mark your calendars for the 2013 event: http://www.sangennaro.org/