“Ad Ogni Sanot Vien Sua Festa”

Is an old Italian proverb meaning: “Every Saint has his own Festival” & you can bet your bacce balls that St. Anthony’s of Padua will be pulling out all the stops to honor their patron Saint.

Come experience Italy in  Wilmington’s ” Little Italy”. For 2012, the Italian Festival celebrates the spirit of Italy’s idyllic island paradise, Sicily. Experience the vibrant tastes of Sicilian cuisine and a captivating garden display that will transport you to the Sicilian countryside!

The St. Anthony’s Italian Festival offers a wide variety of delicious and authentic Italian food specialties.  Personally, I can’t wait to get my hands on a little something they call a “Panzaratti”.  It’s a  magnificently delicious deep fried rolled up pizza that’s been a staple at the Festival since I was a kid.

Experience a virtual tour of Italy during your visit by dining in one of  their many outdoor eateries.   Be sure to visit Little Italy Riviera, new this year, to enjoy the cuisine of Caffe Gelato & the Riviera bar.  Also new this year and in the same area is Quizbuster’s Quizzo, Tuesday- Friday along with Festival gambling and Live Music.

It all starts with the 33rd Annual Italian Festival 5k Run on Sunday 6/10.  Registration is from 8-9am and the participants will get a FREE breakfast.  The event is hosted by Races2Run.

The 10th Annual Festival Gala Concert is also on Sunday & will be featuring St. Anthony’s NEW Peragallo Organ.  This Delaware Tourism Hall of Fame winning event is located in the Church at 3pm.



Monday, June 11, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Tickets on sale in Little Italy Riviera area

Beer and food lovers unite! Standard Distributing Company, Delaware’s oldest and largest beer distributor, will be hosting an international beer tasting event from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Monday, June 11. Join us as our craft-beer tasting sponsor features an incredible selection of imported and craft beers paired with variety of delicious food dishes from Caffé Gelato.

Under a large open tent, the beer tasting event will include five themed sections representing Italy, Belgium, France, England, and Germany. Burke Morrison, a certified Cicerone (beer expert), will speak to attendees about the wide variety of brewing styles, ingredients, flavors, and aromas of the unique beers being featured.

Tickets are $5 per station or $20 for all five sections and can be purchased on-site in the Little Italy Riviera area (former Antonian Surfside café).

Also, be sure to enjoy more of craft beer selections and delicious food offerings throughout the week at the Little Italy Riviera café


Don’t fuggetabout the Huge Midway with Rides & Games!  They even have Kiddie Land area with family-friendly rides.

Take advantage of the Early Bird Ride Special. Rides will be reduced by 1 ticket,  Monday – Thursday 5:30PM to 7:00PM.

New Family Day ‘Pay One Price’ Special

$25 for unlimited midway rides

Saturday 6/16 from 2:00PM to 6:00PM

Click here for more Festival Information.

FREE Security patrolled parking is available 5 minutes away at Salesianum School.  They will be providing continuous Shuttle drop-offs to the Festival grounds.  This is a great way to save lots of time and hassle finding parking.


St. Anthony of Padua

Roman Catholic Church

901 N. DuPont Street • Wilmington, DE 19805

Sunday, June 10th through Sunday, June 17th

Operating Hours:

Monday – Friday 5:30PM – 10:30PM

Sunday June 10th & Saturday, June 16th 2PM – 10:30PM