To see the true Sicilian heart of LA, the place to be on the 19th of March is Casa Italiana at St. Peter's Italian Church at the edge of Chinatown for the annual St. Joseph's Table. The Sicilian tradition of feeding the poor on St. Joseph's feast day has been extended to feeding the whole community with a pasta dinner. The event also includes daily mass, the Holy Family Procession and a St. Joseph's Table artfully displayed with edible masterpieces donated to raise money for the church's food program, which feeds over 200 homeless and migrants daily. The spaghetti dinner is free. Italian sausage, pizza and desserts are available for sale. Donations are accepted to support the program.
This is the third year my friends from our italian language group have enjoyed the 11:00 mass followed by the processional and the luncheon. This event is usually held for two or three days and always culminating on March 19th. It is held at St. Peter's Italian Church, 1039 North Broadway, Los Angeles, California
The main hall is filled with wonderful baked goods, flowers, plants for people to buy. You can also buy fresh vegetables and wine to take home. All proceeds go to feeding the poor.
We all enjoy the delicious free spagetti lunch. You can buy italian sausage, meatballs, pizza, and salads and wine for your meal.
Don't forget to buy the wine!
You can also buy many delicious desserts made by the ladies of the church. We all agreed these were the best cannolis we have ever eaten!
More desserts for sale.
We were happy to see our friend Carmen who volunteers for her parish event yearly.
We enjoyed sharing our table with these delightful women of italian descent.
Another lovely Italian woman at our table. Lots of fun meeting and talking with people who have enjoyed St. Joseph's table annually.
Another wonderful year for the three of us, aka Tre Stagioni