PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Bloomfield neighborhood is known as “Little Italy,” and these are the days that prove it.
The 14th annual Italian festival continues through Sunday, with booths and wagons extending several blocks down both sides of Liberty Avenue.READ MORE: Charges Dismissed Against Pittsburgh Animal Control Officer Accused Of Severely Injuring Dog
Organizer Sal Richetti says it’s bigger than ever.
“We have probably close to 200 booths here. All different types of food vendors. We have four days of three stages, with over 30 acts.”
It’s hoped a weekend of sun will bring record numbers of visitors.
The Pleasure Bar tent is a popular stop. Mary McCabe has learned, over the years, to stay ahead of the growing lines.
“Every year there’s new stops, more people, so it’s fun,” she says.READ MORE: Pennsylvania Ready For Booster Shots Once Feds Give OK, Acting Health Secretary Says
Janet Cercone Scullion signs copies of her Bloomfield history at the barbershop handed down from her father to her son.
“We’re continuing the Cercone tradition of giving the best haircut in the state of Pennsylvania,” she says proudly.
Tradition also continues at Angelo’s Pizza. Owner Joey Posteraro says the festival keeps businesses busy.
“It’s four days of, you get about three hours of sleep a night,” he says.
Best of all, Sal Richetti says Little Italy is open to everyone.
“Everyone’s Italian when you come to the festival,” he said.MORE NEWS: At Least 1 Dead After 2-Vehicle Crash In Westmoreland County