The 86th Annual Feast of San Gennaro  takes place in Little Italy for 11 days, so get to the historic streets before Sunday, September 23, 2012 to enjoy all the festivities!  Presented annually since 1996 by Figli di San Gennaro, Inc. (Children of San Gennaro), this year’s event expects to attract more than one-million people to participate in the annual Salute to the Patron Saint of Naples.

Although this is an annual celebration of faith, the Feast of San Gennaro is known for colorful parades, free musical entertainment every day, food delicacies, charming cafes and the famous cannoli-eating competition! One of our favorite’s is Ned’s Famous but we hear that Team Torrisi is also pulling out all the stops with their Parm Deli Dog.  We also can’t wait to try the Rubirosa outpost.  No matter what we eat, we plan to wash it all down with one of DiSaronno’s latest specialty cocktails that were created especially for the festival:


  • 1 750mL bottle DISARONNO®
  • 1 750mL bottle BACARDI® 8,
  • BACARDI® Select or
  • 2 quarts pineapple juice
  • 1 quart orange juice
  • 5 lime slices

Place limes in a large bowl and press lightly. Mix in all ingredients and serve over ice. Makes 20 servings (each serving contains1½ parts alcohol).


Or, for those who want to celebrate their Italian / American heritage, there is always this one:


  • 2 ounces rye whiskey
  • 1 ounce DISARONNO
  • ½ ounce Ramazotti Amaro
  • ¼ ounce Fernet Branca

In a mixing glass add Fernet, Amaro, DISARONNO, and rye. Add ice, stir and strain into a chilled coup or martini glass. Squeeze some fresh orange oil over the top and garnish.

Head downtown and let us know what new vendors we should be trying this year!



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