Festa Pasta Vino to feature food, entertainment
June 1, 2018

The smell of Italian fare and the sounds of Frank Sinatra music and live entertainers will fill the air once again as Onesti Entertainment will produce the 25th annual Oakley Avenue Festa Pasta Vino Friday through Sunday, June 15 through 17.

A Father’s Day weekend tradition, the event will feature generations-old Italian food specialties from the family-owned restaurants in the “Little Tuscany” area of the Heart of Chicago. The street festival will be located on Oakley Avenue between 24th and 25th Streets. Each year, approximately 25,000 people enjoy the authentic Italian food, multiple stages of family entertainment, and cultural attractions that occupy the two-block stretch.

The restaurants featured are Bacchanalia, Ignotz Ristorante, Il Vicinato, and La Fontanella. In addition to fine Italian street fare, the festival features Italian wines, Venetian carnivale costumed performers, and Roman statues lining the street. A Florentine-style market will display finely crafted Italian merchandise. 

On Sunday at noon a Roman Catholic Mass will honor those who have passed away.

Parking is available on Western Avenue and on Blue Island Avenue. There will be a pay lot at Oakley Avenue and Blue Island Avenue. The festa also is accessible via the Western Avenue and Blue Island/26th St. CTA buses.

Admission is free, but a $7 suggested donation will be accepted at the gate.  For a complete entertainment lineup and other information, log onto www.oshows.com or call (630) 962-7000. Follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OakleyFestaPastaVino/.

—Marie Balice-Ward