The M Resort Spa Casino is continuing their “foodie” tradition by bringing back a Las Vegas favorite. After serving as the setting for the 2009 season of Bravo’s Top Chef, the Marnell family, M Resort owners, are hosting their Italian Festival poolside at the Villagio Del Sole. The event is scheduled for October 17 and 18th from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free.
The first Italian Festival was held 17 years ago at the Marnell family’s Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. It quickly became a locals’ favorite, bringing thousands of people to the Rio’s two-day event.
“I’m looking forward to starting a new tradition with it [The Italian Festival] here at the M…I hope people bring their whole family and enjoy great Italian food and entertainment in an unbelievable setting,” said Anthony Marnell III, Chairman and CEO of the M Resort Casino Spa.
Guests at the Italian Festival will be able to sample calzones, pizza and more prepared by local restaurants as well as the M Resort’s own world renowned chefs. There will be Bocce tournaments and grape stomping and spaghetti eating contests. But if nothing else, the trip to the Henderson hotel would be worth it just to sample the dessert table – stacked high with cheesecake, biscotti, Italian ices, cannoli and spumoni.
Trash that McDonalds’ burger and head out today for some unsurpassed carbo loading, feast on healthy Italian sauces, and, at no extra up charge, experience an enlightened cultural Italian infusion to your life.
The San Gennaro Feast will celebrate 30 years of Italian food, music, and hospitality in the Las Vegas Valley on May 6 through 10. The biannual feed and cultural event has more than 200 vendors and draws thousands of people.
The feast is always packed, coming a long way from its fledging start in the parking lot of the Italian-American Supper Club with just a handful of vendors and people.
The event’s namesake – the feast – will be provided by 80 food vendors, not just Las Vegas restaurants but some as distant as Boston and New York.
The business brains behind the event are partners Hank Squartino and Vincent “Jimmy” Palmisano. The business was started by Squarino and Palmisano’s great uncle to celebrate Italian food and culture. They now fly in from Florida to Las Vegas eight weeks before each San Gennaro Feast to prepare for what they refer to as a massive block party. Even so, planning for the event is a nearly a year-round job. They sample all the cuisine before it is booked and prepared for the feast. Only the best, most authentic Italian cuisine is accepted through the gates.
The five-day San Gennaro Feastwill kick off with a fireworks show at 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 6. Hours are from 4 to 11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; from 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday at the Grand Canyon Shopping Center, near Flamingo road and the Las Vegas Beltway in Spring Valley. General admission is $7; seniors are $6 and children less than 54 inches tall (with no spaghetti in belly) get in free. For information, please visit www.SangennaroFeast.org