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Letter: Moving Italian Festival dilutes its charm, flavor

Moving Italian Festival dilutes its charm, flavor

The City of Buffalo has so much to offer. To name a few: the Art of Jazz by the Albright-Knox, Shakespeare in the Park, Allentown Art Festival, Larkinville, Taste of Buffalo and, of course, the Elmwood Strip. I would add the Italian Festival to that list, but a change in venue was made recently by dignitaries and various organizers.

I don’t know why you would want to hold the Italian Festival at the Outer Harbor instead of on Hertel Avenue, a location that has been so successful.

Drinks at Lombardo’s outside area, grilled Italian sausage at Johnny’s or eating a delicious Muscoreil’s cannoli as you were walking down Hertel are just a few of the treats I so enjoyed.

How can you capture the charm and flavor of the Italian Festival, held for so many years on the city streets, by moving it to the waterfront?

I wish Galbani Cheese, which is a sponsor, luck in its decision. But I, for one, will not attend the Italian Festival this year.

Josephine DeAntonis


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