9th Annual  St. Anthony

FESTA ITALIANA Charlotte 2014


SUNDAY MAY 18 2014

 in the Beautiful Courtyard of PREMIER SPONSOR

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It was all about Charity &

the Best Italian Food

 in Charlotte

Proudly for the 9th year in a row

Guests enjoyed

Unlimited Spectacular Italian Foods…see below


Delicious and endless Italian Wines and Prosecco by Cupcake Wines

Peroni Beer all afternoon

Purus Organic Italian Vodka shots and with fresh Strawberry puree

Wonderful Live Stage Entertainment by Agnes Florian and Katherine Alexander

A large First Class Silent Auction with over 100 items by Liz Petko

The Grand Opening of our  Gallery Art for Charity” by Sandra Valencia Voci, Tina, and Artist Friends

“Let’s Talk” Italian Kid Zone by Let’s Talk’s  Claudia and Mauricio Valencia

An Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Tasting Bar

                     by Grapes and Olives on Tap

Italian Imported Delicacy Tasting by Zia Pia!


The Festa was, of course, again generously and graciously

Hosted by

Queens University of Charlotte

in their  beautiful Trexler Courtyard, Portico, and Chartwells’ Kitchens for the 4th year in a row.



Our Visiting Italian Guest Chefs, Massimo and Maria Victoria Zaina,

flew in  from  Lago di Como, Italia, and delighted and entertained  us and the other Chefs in their demonstration tent. Maria Victoria’s Garden Fresh Vegetable Penne Pasta was out of this world. People could not stop eating it. This was followed by Master Chef Massimo with his absolutely delicious Grilled Turkey Breast in a Buttery Creamy Leek Sauce. The Recipes are available…just email us.


Another Star of the Afternoon was Chef Shawn Kravis, Executive Chef of Compass Chartwell’s at Queens.

He and his crew assisted by our Volunteers headed up by Perry “Rocco” Spinelli masterfully produced the Italian Chef’s Dishes PERFECTLY for all 600 Guests!! We owe a great deal to the generosity, enthusiasm, and great talents  of  Chef Shawn Kravis and Dining Director Stephen Steiger. Bravi e Grazie Mille!!!!


Before this,  though, we are very proud to have had some of Charlotte’s Best Chefs present and serve their best Italian Appetizer Dishes.

Blue and Osso’s Exec Chef Gene Briggs presented his absolutely delightful unique Oxtail Ravioli

Bistro la Bon’s Exec Chef and Owner Majid “Majik” Amoorpour blew us away again with his Squid Ink Risotto. Plus he also graced us with being our Head Chef for our Famous 3ft Seafood Risotto. Chef Marla Thurman and Chef Marco Lubrano helped Chef Majid along with fellow Bistro la Bon owner Tony Debestani

Brooklyn South Pizzeria’s Owners and Chefs, Lucia and Vincent Caminiti, assisted by their Famiglia, like every year, baked and served us with scrumptious mouth watering pizza

Vivace’s  Jamie Kudalis made their creamy and very tasty Sweet Pea Pancetta Risotto for us to enjoy. Grazie Gille Jamie and Vivace !!

Mama Ricotta’s Chef Joe Morrison and Brad Calder demonstrated preparation of fresh mozzarella cheese and made bountiful and  beautiful, delicious bruschetta all Mama Ricotta !! Bravo !!

Passion 8′s Exec Chef Owner Luca Annuziata presented and served absolutely spectacular home made Gnocchi with a delightful fresh Basil Tomato  Sauce di Sorento. Sweet and Savory…Fantastico e Delizioso !!!

Stagioni’s  Chef Larry Schreiber and Colleagues prepared and served tender delicious Polpi a griglia: grilled octopus. This is one of their ristoranti’s most popular appetizers. Bravo !!  Perfetto !!!

Il Bosco’s  Chef Owner Jimmy Hermann e Famiglia again prepared magnificent fresh Arancini, deep fired stuffed rice balls, on site. Deliziosso !!!!  His wife once again bruoght her famous Pignoli Cookies. Brava !!

Southminster’s Chef Philip Platoni served his wonderful  sweet, melt in your mouth, braised short ribs over wonderful sundried tomato polenta. Grazie mille, Chef Philip

SunFlour Bakery’s Baker Owner, Debbie Bartok presented her scrumptious Frangelico Cupcakes ! The very talented, Debbie, offered to make any Italian Liquor flavored cupcakes we thought would compliment the other flavors of the FESTA. She was right on.

The CoffeeBoss’ Barrister Owners Erika and Heinz Boss from the Lake served their delicious expert Italian Espressos and Cappuccinos during the entire FESTA.  After all, Perfect Espresso goes with Everything !!!!  Bravi, e Grazie mille !!!

Pasta and Provision’s again provided all the Cannoli we could eat !!!  all the FESTA CANNOLI GIRLS had     to do was fill them…hahaha all 600 of them…that’s why they were so fresh and delicious..filled on the spot !!!

Antico Eremo’s  Annagrazia Vivetti graciously and generously supplied us with delicious Gelato and Tiramisu ingredients !  Frank Franklin from Swanson-Girad supplied the machine and his talents to make the Gelato for us all day !! Jacqueline Liger and her mother and father made trays and trays of Tiramisu.

Fiamma will join us again next year. Fernando promised !!






Then…….. Dolce:  Dessert with  Espresso and Cappuccino from The Coffee Boss !!!

It all benefits the NEVINS Center, creating opportunity, fulfillment, and quality of life for those with special needs and developmental disabilities.




Guest Chefs

This year our goal is

…… to help NEVINS purchase a Handicap Accessible Van with a Hydraulic Lift. This is a BIG goal for us…and You ! But so badly needed and worth it.  NEVINS has not had one in many years because of Government Agency funding cuts etc., but they currently have 4 people in wheel chairs that need transportation to their jobs and education. The NEVINS Board of Directors is very excited about our goal and so very appreciative.

This is what the FESTA …You …did last year

…..The Nevins HVAC unit had not been replaced since 1969..yes, 1969 ! they mainatained it in as good a working condition as possible, though vey inefficient certainly, so they needed one desperately. We did it for them. Look at this:

The Old  and the New

OLD NEVINS HVAC UNIT  1969 to 2013 photoNEW NEVINS HVAC UNIT 2013 photo





8th Annual St. Anthony

FESTA ITALIANA Charlotte 2013


It was all about charity and the Best Italian Food in Charlotte for the 8th year in a row. Guests enjoyed unlimited spectacular Italian Food, delicious Italian Wines, Prosecco, Peroni Beer, wonderful Live Stage Entertainment, a large first class Silent Auction with over 100 items, “Let’s Talk” Italian Kid Zone, an Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Tasting Bar, by Grapes and Olives on Tap, Italian Imported Delicacy Tasting by Zia Pia! The Festa was again held on the beautiful surroundings of Queens University of Charlotte, our gracious and generous Host Sponsor for the third year. It all benefitted the Nevins Center, creating opportunity and quality of life for those with special needs and disabilities.

  • You donated, through FESTA ITALIANA Charlotte 2013, a brand new entire HVAC System for Nevins Center. This replaced their units dating back to 1969 !! We are so very proud of this and so very thankful that we have so many generous people involved with the FESTA….volunteering, working very hard, donating, sponsoring, and attending.  This means you helped make in many ways “una bella vita” for many people that otherwise may never know what that means.



 Special Thank You…. Grazie Mille  to

Our Emcees

WBTV News Anchor Kristen Miranda 

Weather Anchor Ashley Batey



This year we Celebrated the Year of Italian Culture with

Guest Chef from LAGO di COMO, ITALIA

 Massimo Zaina

Demonstrated, Taught, and Served Specialties of his and his Chef Wife, Maria Victoria,

Maiale (Pork) Scaloppini e Farfalle Pasta con Carciofi (Artichokes)

Guest Chefs

 Maria Victoria                                         Massimo





Roberto Mendoza

 Who  prepared Chef Massimo’s and Maria Victoria’s wonderful dishes

for our 600 FESTA Guests

DELIZIOSSO !!  Grazie mille Chefs Massimo, Roberto, Maria Victoria

….and all their generous and hard working Volunteer helpers !!



                                     FESTA EXECUTIVE CHEF

Gino Macchiavello

Demonstrated and Cooked  Our Famous 4 foot Seafood Risotto

with Seafood by the Meat &Fish Co.

and the help of Former FESTA Head Chef Marco Lubrano, Chef Isabel Macchiavello, and Sherry Polcyn .




Celebrity Chefs

from Charlotte’s Best

Ristoranti, Caterers, Bakeries, and Purveyors 

presented their incredible appetizers,  breads, desserts & espresso.

Brooklyn South Pizzaria, Blue, Osso, Vivace, Mama Ricotta’s, Bistro la Bon, il Bosco, Delectables by Holly, The Coffee Boss, Pasta and Provisions, Grapes and Olives on tap, Zia Pia, the Meat and Fish Co., DePalo Bakery, Duke’s Bread,

and more!

Live Stage Entertainment

from wonderful performing artists including


Soprano Gina Gutierrez,Tenor Franco Londono, Tenor Charlie Lang,The TBA Girls, Pianists Keiko Aloe and Randy Jones of Allegro Studio, Singer Carlo Martini, Jazz Crooner Bobby Umber,The el Alma de la Luna Dancers: Sarah Stafford, David Stafford, Jamie Avalo, Juan Valle, and Lizbeth Serna, Pianist Michael Lazenby, Violinist Saule Akberdiyeva, Brad Bailey-Guitarist and Dean Wiklacz-Drummer with Bobby Umber’s Band, Luis Matute-Young Pianist/Drummer/Guitarist, Louis Senay-Pianist, 6 year old pianist Evan Xie, and the Nevins Chime Chorus.

Stage Director Producer   Agnes Florian

Festa Italiana is presented by The St. Anthony Foundation of Charlotte.  Find more information on the foundation and its purpose here.

Premiere Host Sponsor

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