Finally finding the right day, I met my dear wife Karen for lunch downtown Syracuse’s Festa Italiana.
Set in big white tents in a major parking lot and city streets between City Hall, Key Bank, a big church and other buildings of architectural note, this festival sets itself apart from the others that call the concrete pad of Clinton Square and its surrounding splendors home.
We walked around for a few before deciding where we wanted to have our meal. It made for a good time for me to click away with my iPhone 6.
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One of the interesting aspects about this portion of downtown is the vast difference in styles among the buildings.
City Hall is Syracuse’s own castle. I don’t have to point it out, do I?
Down the alley-like side street is a good look at the red brick of the Erie Canal Museum, built along the stretch where the city’s forefathers a century ago paved that over. Now the museum sits parallel between Erie Boulevard and Water Street.
There will be seats on which to take it in when the main stage acts play during the evening hours and during the weekend sets.
Karen called for a post-lunch walk through the boutique tend. Having bought the food, I didn’t spring for any merch. I know. Cheap.
Karen decided she wanted to eat at the place that advertised Utica style greens. That same restaurant stand promised a big meatball sangwich — their spelling. We both liked what they handed over. I tasted Karen’s greens, which were plenty spicy. My two big meatballs on a fresh roll were covered in melted fresh cheese. They were a bit too bready for my preference, though, and the whole thing had less red sauce than I usually ladle upon my meatball hero. Karen also got a freshly made cannoli to bring back to the SMG office for dessert.
Leaving the event, I noticed a new piece of art on the corner just across the street for Festa Italiana. I thought it added just the right touch for my photo essay here.
Do you walk your way through street festivals to eat a good lunch, and if so, what do you like to munch? What’s your favorite building you spy here, and why? What’s your favorite photo, and why?