The three-day Festa Italiana Weekend will kickoff at Ybor City's Italian Club of Tampa from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 9. The annual tradition, benefiting the club's restoration fund, continues through April 11 and 12, with food samples, craft cocktails and other Italian delights.
Featuring more than 70 wines from Italy and eats like antipasti and dessert, the kickoff, which costs $60
for non-club members, also acts as the fest's Wines of Italy tasting. A silent auction will also highlight prizes.
Later, starting at
11 a.m. Saturday, the free admission Bocce Ball Invitational at Centennial Park, as well as the Italian Club's Italian Idol sing-off and Homemade Vino Competition, will take place throughout the afternoon.