By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Mar 07, 2022 at 9:05 AM

After being paused for two years due to Covid, the Italian Community Center's A Taste of Italy fundraiser returns for 2022.

This longstanding tradition at the ICC, 631 E. Chicago Ave., takes place Sunday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

A Taste of Italy is run entirely by ICC volunteers.

As always there will be a 50/50 raffle and musical entertainment in Festa Hall, but the food will be the real star.

"All your favorite foods will be back," promises the ICC's Christina Ziino.  "The committee along with many wonderful volunteers will be preparing meatballs, tomato sauce, stuffed shells, eggplant spiedini.

"We will also have pizza, sausage sandwiches, pasta with sauce, sfingi (fried bread dough), Italian beef sandwiches, sfingiune (Sicilian style pizza), arancini (riceballs), panini, Italian salad, peaches in wine and a pasta salad from Glorioso’s."

The tempting array of dolci will also return to Festa Hall, with pizzelle made on-site, Italian cookies, cannoli, tiramisu, gelato, spumoni and eclairs.

Tickets are $2.50 and samples are one ticket each, with one exception, says Ziino.

"At this time, calamari are in short supply," she says. "(So) this one item will be two tickets."

Beer, wine, soda, water and coffee will also be available.

Bentornato, Taste of Italy!

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.