Published Sep 16, 2016 at 1:04 PM | Updated at 1:33 PM EDT on Sep 16, 2016
Apologize to your mother ahead of time – some of the best cooks are at the San Gennaro Feast in Little Italy.
The annual feast began its 10-day stretch through Little Italy on Thursday. This year’s celebration of San Gennaro, the patron saint and protector of Naples, Italy, marks its 90th anniversary.
Food, game and fashion vendors lined the sidewalks announcing their goods: “Meatballs, get your balls! Step right up! Holy cannoli! Everybody gets a toy -- it’s 90 years!”
Dessert booths included ice cream rolls, made fresh in front of customers, zeppole and funnel cake. But for traditional Italian pastries, people go to Ferrara’s. We spoke with Pellegrino Ferrara, whose son owns both Ferrara booths at the Feast.
“We been doing this here, selling pastries, for about 30 years,” Ferrara said. At their booth, a young man filled hundreds of cannolis for customers.
San Gennaro’s is open every day until Sept. 25. Here are some of the best foods offered at the Feast: