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Taste of Little Italy | Video

The debut of the Fort Lauderdale Taste of Little Italy went molto bene with even the weather cooperating, for the most part.

“God is good,” says Jerry Somma, one of the festival’s producers, referring to weather and the threat of a few sporadic rain sprinkles.

Staged March 3-5 at Huizenga Park on East Las Olas Boulevard alongside the New River, the festival featured food vendors serving Italian favorites as well as seminars on cooking and wine.

Entertainment came from Frank Stallone (“Staying Alive”), Maria De Crescenzo (of KC and the Sunshine Band fame) and Salvatore Valentinetti (an “America’s Got Fame” finalist).

Demonstrations were hosted by the likes of Chef Marco Sciortino from the U.K. television show “Come Dine with Me” and wine connoisseur Anthony Acampa.

“This one we’ve been developing for one year,” explains Somma. “I also do some others in other cities, it’s been going on for 15 years. So we’re very honored for the relationship with Fort Lauderdale and all the the support of Riverwalk to be in such a beautiful setting and to bring all of our customs and traditions and share them with everyone.”

Organizers say a portion of the proceeds will go to the Jorge Nation Foundation, which sends South Florida children with terminal or debilitating diseases on vacations with their families.

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