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Sons of Italy takes you over 4,800 miles to give you a little taste of Rome

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Event Organizer Nick Pizzuti has been running the Italian Festival for 7 years now Event Organizer Nick Pizzuti has been running the Italian Festival for 7 years now
Pasta, the most popular Italian food, was just one of many things you can eat at the festival Pasta, the most popular Italian food, was just one of many things you can eat at the festival

 By Larkin Belton

    The smell of freshly baked bread, the boiling of pasta sauces, and the appetizing look of melted cheese on a pizza. The Sons of Italy took tastebuds on trip to an Italian paradise at their annual Italian Festival this past weekend in Columbia.

    The crowd was out in full force as thousands came not only to eat, but experience a variety of food, music, and games.

    The goal is take you 4,861 miles away to the capital city of Rome, to experience a little tasteā€¦ of Italy.


    "The music, the fun, the fellowship. It's a great thing for kids. It's just something here for everybody" said event organizer Nick Pizzuti.

    The festival hosted music groups like the Eurorhythms, who were on stage for most of the afternoon.

    The volunteers worked hard to raise money worthy causes and organizations, as most vendors started showing up at 5:30AM even though the event didn't start until 11.

    "We've funded people like Oliver Gospel Mission, Harvest Food Bank, and the Warrior Travel Plan," said Pizzuti.

    Pizzuti label the festival was a huge success this year, but if you missed out, the Sons of Italy in Columbia hosts a social every third Sunday at the Lourie Center.

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