Little Italy San Jose 2023: What to eat at this Sunday’s festival

Little Italy San Jose 2023: What to eat at this Sunday’s festival

Mangia! mangia!

Little Italy San Jose’s annual street festival returns this Sunday, Oct. 1, with a huge lineup of Italian food, from homey specialties to restaurant favorites, plus wine booths and dozens of arts and crafts vendors in the historic district and Guadalupe River Park.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and admission is free. Live entertainment starts at 11:45, and the headliner, tenor Pasquale Esposito, will take the stage under the Little Italy arch at 3:15 p.m. And that sleek exhibit of Italian-made Ferraris and Lamborghinis will be back — this time with 60 cars, more than double last year’s turnout.

But you’re here for the food, right? Joining the traditional participants this year are some newcomers from popular Bay Area restaurants. Besides those alfresco vendors, the Little Italy businesses — Henry’s Hi Life, Poor House Bistro, Littlest Little Italy — will be open and serving indoors, many with specials for the day.

Here is who’s making what at the outdoor booths:

Paesano Ristorante: Arancini, shrimp pasta, cannoli

Giovanni’s Sunnyvale: Calzone, garlic knots

Sugo: Traditional lasagna, vegetarian lasagna, baked pasta

Sons of Sicily: Italian sausage sandwich, sfingi

Sorelle: Tortellini, caprese salad

Risotto’s Kitchen: Tiramisu, bruschetta

Tricarico Club: Polenta

Sicilia in Bocca: Gnocchi con pesto, gnocchi Bolognese, cheesecake al limone

Locanda Sorrento: Eggplant parm, meatballs, strozzapretti pasta

Donato Restaurant Group: Antipasti, casoncelli pasta, panini, panna cotta

Little Italy San Jose: Ravioli

La Copa Loca: Gelato

La Fenice and Sleight of Hands: Pizza Napoletana at the DiNapoli Tomato booths