Get ready for una festa bellissima, with live music, delicious Italian food and wine, dance performances, authentic Italian crafts and more – Arizona’s sixth annual Italian festival will celebrate all things Italian. Hosted by the Italian Association of Arizona, a local 501c(3) non-profit, this two-day event will entertain and delight guests. The festival will take place on Saturday, February 23 and Sunday, February 24, 2019 at Old Town Scottsdale’s “Piazza del Southbridge”, south of Camelback Road and west of Scottsdale Road.
With more than 10,000 native and first generation Italians living in the Valley, this event serves as the perfect opportunity to teach guests about Italian culture. The festival is expected to host over 10,000 attendees and this year’s event will feature live entertainment and some of the best Italian food the Valley has to offer. Options will include gelato, pizza, hand-made meatballs, sausages, pasta, wine and other delicacies. Live performances will include Sbabieratori di Asta, A Ziarella (Italian Folk Group), Di Gala: Phoenician Tenors, and Sima and her All Star Quartet.
There will also be a marketplace stocked with products to take home, espresso bars and a pop-up Italian cultural museum with presentations from an expert Italian curator, including a history of Italian filmmaking from the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Los Angeles. Local vendors will include Aroma Culinary Catering, Bored Baker Pizza Maker, Fabio on Fire, Marcellino’s, Pasta Rea, Classico Wine Distributors, Caffio Espresso, Casa D’Erba and many more!
The event in partnership with the City of Scottsdale and Saint Vincent De Paul is sponsored by Talking Stick Resort Arena, Desert Rose Transportation, The Ferrari Club. Galbani Cheese will sponsor a stage and host Celebrity Chef, Marco Sciortino. Sciortino will teach guests how to cook authentic Italian food with cooking demonstrations throughout the two-day event.
For those looking to get the festivities started early, there will be a special pre-event on Friday, February 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. Guests can enjoy a VIP Opera Night Under the Stars on the South Bridge in old town, with performances by Johnny Huerta, Sbandieratori di Asta and A Ziarella. There will be a distinct selection of Italian wines, complimentary espresso bar, prize drawings, Ferrari Club displaying a select number of autos, Italian martini bar and an assortment of Italian cold cuts, cheese and bread. Single ticket admission is $59, or double tickets for $99 which includes admission to Saturday or Sunday.
A portion of the proceeds from the event will go toward St. Vincent de Paul, an organization that helps feed, clothe, house and heal those in need in Arizona.
General admission tickets for Saturday or Sunday are $10 and children under 12 are free. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit italianfestivalaz.com.
Written by: Frank Guzzo, Italian Association of Arizona
Frank Guzzo is the executive director of the Italian Association of Arizona and a native of Calabria, Italy. The Italian Association (IA) is a private, non-profit 501c (3), non-political membership organization open to the Italian and American Community of Arizona and to the Arizona University Students that have an interest in developing their understanding and knowledge of Italy. The IA objective is to provide its members with a broad range of services to support their business, to facilitate communications and exchanges between members, to help accelerate their expansion plans and to promote Italian culture.