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Feast and play this weekend at 30th annual Festa Italiana

Lasagna for lunch, perhaps, but for sure a sweet cannoli for dessert at Festa Italiana.
Lasagna for lunch, perhaps, but for sure a sweet cannoli for dessert at Festa Italiana. atambunan@sacbee.com

Get your hunger on for a cornucopia of Italian fare from area restaurants and savvy home cooks at the 30th annual Festa Italiana. Heap your plates with Italian sausage and meatballs, pasta, chicken Parmesan, calamari, cannoli, gelato and much more.

The festival of all-things-Italian goes still further, with singers, bands and dancing, games and rides for children, bocce ball competitions, auto (think Maserati) and motorscooter exhibits, a marketplace full of imported goods, and an hourly raffle culminating in a trip to Italy.

Wear your red, white and green from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday Aug. 1 and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday Aug. 3 at the Croatian Center, 3730 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento. Admission is $12, free for ages 15 and younger. Free parking.

Information: www.festaitalianasacramento.com.

Allen Pierleoni: 916-321-1128, @apierleonisacbe

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