Friday, March 6, 2015

La Nova hosts annual St. Joseph’s Table

          La Nova Pizzeria, 371 W. Ferry St., is having its annual St. Joseph’s Day celebration, a tradition that has been practiced for 30 years.  
          The celebration runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on  March 19, runs from 11a.m. -2 p.m. The table features foods such as spaghetti with a sardine sauce, baked fish and cream puffs for desesrt.
 Gina Bilaura, of La Nova, says the tradition is a favorite for the restaurant.
 “This tradition is all about giving back to the community,” Bilaura said.
 La Nova recreates the spirit of a time-honored tradition by making this event free to the public. However, diners are encourages to donate to Sisters of Charity Hospital, the designated charity this year.
St. Joseph’s Day is an Italian holiday where a table is set to display a large buffet of food. Historically, St. Joseph’s Day evolved from Italian villagers praying to St. Joseph to end a long famine. In celebration the wealthy would put out large buffets and invite the less fortunate to join in the festivities. By Jessica Miranda and Ashley Stobnicki