Crowds head to Hertel Ave. for Italian Festival

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- A North Buffalo tradition will draw thousands of people to Hertel Avenue this weekend.  The Galbani Italian Heritage Festival opened on Thursday giving people the chance to enjoy great food like stuffed peppers and cannoli.

The big crowds are not only good for vendors but also businesses along the Hertel corridor.

Dozens of booths line Hertel between Delaware Ave. and Colvin Ave.

News 4 crews headed to the first day of the four day festival to do taste testing. They stopped by Amici Ristorante’s tent where a new special is for sale this weekend. It’s a rice ball, which is a pepper stuffed with risotto and cheese and then deep fried. The restaurant is also selling tripe, the lining of a cow’s stomach, and classics like eggplant parmesan and meatballs.

They told us it’s not all about the food.

“I like the comradery,” said employee Joe Dececco. “I like seeing some of the guys you don’t get to see all year and we’re Italian so it’s like family.”

Festival-goer Peter Gagliardo is visiting Buffalo from Washington D.C. He said he wouldn’t miss the festival.

“I bring my kid out here,” said Gagliardo. “It’s her first time here. She loves it the rides, the food, the people. It’s a good time to come back and visit.”

The festival features live music, a bocce tournament and the Miss Italian Festival. For a full list of the events, click here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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