The Second Annual "Festa Italiana" Announcement!

I’m so excited to be announcing the 2nd annual Festa Italiana!! I can’t believe a year has gone by since my blog sister Maryann of Finding La Dolce Vita and I, hosted this wonderful event.

What made this event so great were the people that came to it, our many friends we’ve come to know so well from all over this virtual world! We like to to imagine our festa, as how it would truly be if we all gathered together literally. Huge tables set under twisting grapevines, Italian food and drink from one end to the other, laughing, singing, and dancing, while the sound of mandolins playing in the background, of course with out a doubt Sinatra and Dino too!
Last year we were amazed at all the scrumptious dishes you brought here and here.

Please join us again!

To participate here’s what you have to do:

* Create an Italian dish or drink
* Post about it on your blog
* Use our badge and link back to both Maryann and I. The links should refer to this announcement post, and also Maryann’s, so others can participate.
* Photograph your dish and send a copy no bigger than 350 pixels wide, along with your name, your blog’s name and url, the name of your dish or drink, and of course the link to that post.
* Email everything to this one address,

Thats it!

We will be accepting your entries starting today, all the way till March 9th. We will begin posting your dishes on March 2nd, after that we’ll add your entries as they arrive.

This is not going to be my entry dish to the festa, I’m still deciding what I should bring, I work good under pressure!! but if you’re a coffee lover, then you’re going to love this light and refreshing dessert. A great ending to a heavy meal. Granita’s are just as satisfying as a bowl of ice cream, without all the calories.

The ingredients are simple, 2 cups of brewed coffee,(cooled down), 1/2 cup of milk, 1 Tbl. of sugar, and 2/3 cup of a good coffee liqueur, like kaluha. I had a couple of those miniature bottles so I used that.

Mix everything together, and freeze it all in a shallow pan for at least 2 hours. Flake with a fork.
Serve with a dollop of vanilla whipped cream!
Looking forward to “seeing” everyone at the Festa! Until then,
Buon appetito!!
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  1. I’ll trade you some struffoli for a cup of granita?! xox

  2. Oh I want to play… Sounds like so much fun… Guess I’ll have to put on my thinking cap…LOL LOL Oh where did I put that darn cap??? Thanks for the fun…


  3. What a fun event!! I am always making Italian dishes, so this is perfect!

  4. Great fun, Marie. I’m going to enter for sure. Can’t wait to see all the entries. I’ll go through my mom’s old recipe files and find something special.

  5. Cathy, Maria, and Donna, so glad you’re going to join us!!!

  6. Oh I’m so excited about this! Sounds like fun! I’ll have to think about what I am making….

  7. You just gave me the idea of what to make tonight!!

    Looking forward to all the wonderful recipes!

  8. Has it been one year already? WOW, time flies! This year I won’t be late. I remember I heard of this amazing party on its last day and you were kind enough to accept my entry. But now I already have in mind what I’ll make this time πŸ™‚

  9. Looking forward to it! Can’t wait to see the round up and that granita looks yum, my hubby loves coffee flavoured desserts.

  10. Yay! And I can’t believe it’s been a year since the last one.

    Gorgeous granita!

  11. Vai, ragazza! Count me in!

  12. Yummo looking recipe!
    Will have to try that soon!

  13. Aggie, biz, Ben, Joanne,Jen, and Elaine, looking forward to you all being there with us!!!

  14. I am so exited! I have been waiting for this event all year!!

    And I love the granita Marie!

  15. Granita looks amazing!

    Count me in, you’ll be hearing from me soon πŸ˜‰

  16. Being of Festa descent (my mother’s maiden name) I don’t think I have a choice but to participate πŸ™‚

  17. Can it be a year has flown by since the last festa, Marie? It doesn’t seem possible. I love your cappucino granita and will have to sip on one as I think about what to bring to the festa – so glad you and Maryann are hosting it again! Salud!

  18. I had my very first coffee granitΓ  in Little Italy in NYC about 25 years ago and fell in love! Then ate them all the time when we lived in Milan. Beautiful! What memories your dish brings back. I will try and join you and Maryann for La Fiesta Italiana!

  19. What a pretty and tasty dessert. I love granita.

  20. What a fun event! I can’t wait to see (and try out!) all the recipes you receive. Viva Festa!

  21. I’d love to join the potluck party. Will stary thinking of what to bring while I crunch on your cappuccino granita. I’m a huge cappuccino junkie, so this is my lucky day.

  22. This granita looks like a much more fun way to enjoy a capuccino. It looks delicious!

  23. What fun! I’m going to start thinking about what I’ll bring to the festa.

  24. Hello dear Proud Italian Cook,

    I am so glad that I have found your blog and that I have subscribed to your feed. I am a newbie to all of this with my La Bella Vita blog and would so much enjoy being part of your festa! I do not know quite how to attach your “badge” in order to enter; could you please offer me some advise? Sorry, my tech-y learning curve is still not so good; but I’m trying! πŸ™‚

    Ciao, bella

  25. Laurie and Lucy, we’re excited to have you!!

    Rachel, Sounds like a done deal to me!

    Barbara, Can’t wait to see what you bring!

    Jamie, Please do!

    Pam and Paula, Are you coming?

    Lola, We’re excited to have you!

    Mike, it is fun, especially with the booze in it! πŸ™‚

    Arlene, Can’t wait!

    Bella, all you have to do is right click on the badge and click copy, then go on your blog and click paste. It’s really easy!

  26. I’ll be there! It’s one of my favorite parties of the year.

    Love the light in your granita photos.


  27. Oh, this sounds like so much fun! I am going to put my thinking cap on to try to figure out what to bring. Woo hoo!

  28. Love it! I’ll get cooking!

  29. Just told Maryann that I’m going to do my best to attend. I’ll have to “step up my game” though – the talent out there is outstanding.

  30. Lori Lynn, Cathy, and Foodie, Yaay!! I’m so glad you’re joining us!!

    Sally, You’ll do terrific! You got the game girl!

  31. I’d love to be part of the festa Marie!

    I’ll see if I can come up with something new, but if not, can I enter a prior post of an Italian recipe I’ve made?

  32. I like granitas because you don’t have to use an ice cream maker, which I used to have and got rid of because it took up too much space for the amount of time we used it. Our favorite granita is with Campari – you would love it.

  33. I’m comin’ over too Marie…& yes, I LOVE that granita. I’m an obsessed coffee lover!

  34. Can’t wait to be a part of the Festa again! I’m so excited πŸ™‚

  35. I am going to do my best to enter this year.

  36. Oh you just made my day!!! Love coffee and anything coffee. πŸ™‚

  37. I love Festa Italiana, you know! I hope to send something dear Marie, Gloria

  38. I just found out about this event and it sounds like so much fun. I will try to send something. Natasha

  39. Whoa! It’s already been a year? I’ve gotta come up with something cause I don’t want to miss this!

  40. Just sent you my entry…

  41. Sorry I missed this event. Maybe next time. Can’t wait to see what everyone does.

  42. Oh la la! That looks good.

  43. Hi Marie… I missed the Festa because of a last minute trip to Calabria. I’ll have to wait until next year to participate… but not to try some of these amazing recipes!:)

  44. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.