During this time, the streets are lined with vendors, live entertainment, games, and people. My favorite part about all of this was the cornucopia of food that was there for my taking. I made it a point to try something different everyday. So enjoy....
Luckily for me I was right across from the Pip's Pit Stand, serving you the best sausage & peppers, braciole, grilled chicken, and Philly cheesesteaks i've ever had a feast. The food was fresh, delicious, and flowing. The first day that I was there, I obviously had a sweet sausage & pepper sandwich and unfortunately forgot to document the deliciousness in a picture because I was so hungry haha. The sausage was fresh and seasoned wonderfully. It was cooked perfectly and wasn't burned which is something I really hate and the breast was nice and fresh. I did happen to have a grilled chicken, cheese, onion & peppers sandwich too from Pip's Pit. The chicken was coated in yogurt so it was really tender and tasty, anything with cheese on it is delicious as well. I was never disappointed whenever I got anything to eat from there. The braciole was also stuffed with parmesan cheese and basil which I heard was to die for. I didn't get a chance to try it, but it's first on my list next time!
My second favorite food, under cheese is rice, so naturally I'm a sucker for rice balls. Arancini Bro's serves up some really great batches of balls, so I hit that spot one of the days that I was there too. They give you 3 balls for $6 or 6 balls for $10. I decided to get 3, the Al Burro (Prosciutto-Cotto, Béchamel, Mozzarella, Saffron), the Bianco Rosso Verde (Basil Pesto with Mozzarella & Cherry-Tomato), and the Spinach and Ricotta (pictured below). My favorite out of all three was the spinach and ricotta. They were all really delicious though. Arancini Bro's has a knack for creating a traditionally toasty riceball with decadent fillings that are always delicious and give your taste buds a punch. I'm never disappointed. You can usually find that all different feasts, right now I know for sure they are at Madison Square Eats. Check out their website for more info http://www.arancinibros.com/
There isn't only Italian style food at the feast, vendors from all backgrounds come and fill the streets for those 11 days. Something that I've been dying to try but never got the chance to before was an Arepa. It's a Mexican style dish that is basically cornbread filled with mozzarella cheese and then fried on a grill. Like a cornbread grilled cheese, and honestly who doesn't love both of those things? It was magical. Filled with cheese and tasty cornbread that melted in your mouth. I would eat one everyday if it wasn't so unhealthy. I'll definitely be making some homemade ones in the near future.
While I working the stand, I've seen a lot of people walking around with sticks of swirled potatoes that looked like this:
So I was curious and had to try some myself, once I heard that they could season them all different ways I was fit to try it out. I settled on Garlic & Parmasean seasoned. They were sooooo yummy. Like fresh potato chips that were seasoned perfectly and weren't so crunchy. It didn't lose it's natural potato like consistency that you usually find with bagged chips and it was actually pretty filling. I can't wait to try some different flavors.
And what would be eating if there weren't any desserts?
Naturally I stuffed my face with typical feast foods that included zeppoles (Italian fried donuts), cannoli, and fried oreos. All which were delcicious, I even had a cookies & cream cannoli because I like to be different haha.
But what really took the cake of the feast for me were the stuffed donuts that I had from Carnivale Stuffed Donuts Truck who had a stand across from me at the feast. They take plain donuts, stuff them with all different types of fillings and them top with icing, sauces, and a bunch of other stuff. The donuts are warm, soft, and delicious. I bought a couple different types including oreo, s'mores, reeses' and traditional nutella. All of them were huge hits in the house, I should've gotten more on the last day to bring home but I unfortunately forgot to stop before I left. I'll definitely be tracking their truck down to get another taste. You can follow them on Facebook, they are usually located in the NY/NJ area. You will not be disappointed, that's for sure.