Italian tradition returns to WNY Monday night

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — On Monday night, a tradition that began in Italy returned to western New York to raise money for St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy.

The Saint Joseph’s Day Dinner Table was held at the Lake Erie Italian Club in Lackawanna.

“We have two buffet lines, which have over 20 hot items in each line, besides the desserts, the Italian bread, the pastries…so many western New York businesses support us,” Gino Grasso, who represents St. Luke’s, said.

St. Luke’s is located on Buffalo’s east side.

Saint Joseph’s Day honors the patron saint of Sicily, who according to legend, saved the island from famine.

Italian restaurants from all over western New York donated some of their specialties. 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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