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Get Your Italian Traditional Fiesta Simenzi & Ceci Snacks at Virgilio’s Italian Bakery

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Joe Virgilio and daughter Marissa

 

Years ago, there was an even balance of traditional “American Carnival foods” and “Italian Specialty Foods” sold during Fiesta in and directly abutting St. Peter’s Square. Growing up the entrance to Commercial Street was lined with vendors peddling their Italian delights of Pizza, Spinguini, and cannoli, to people as they passed by. I often dream of those days and can still smell the aromas of Italian food and I can hear the voice of the “Nut Vendor” repeating “Simenzi! Ceci! Roasted Nuts! Here!” like it were yesterday. Each Fiesta my cousins and I were sent over to the nut man to purchase Simenzi and Ceci for family member sitting in front of the bandstand/altar countless times throughout Fiesta weekend. Snacking on “Simenzi and Ceci” during Fiesta has been tradition for Sicilian Gloucester Families who gather together to listen to the Italian music during Fiesta weekend for generations! Simenzi and Ceci may no longer be sold at the Fiesta, but the tradition of eating them in front of the bandstand/altar still remains. Yesterday I stopped by Virgilio’s Bakery to stock up with enough Simenzi and Ceci to get my family through Fiesta weekend. Stop by before supplies run out and get yours!

 

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Fried Dough

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Fried Dough

Yes were currently smack dab in the middle of school vacation week, the cupboard shelves are nearly empty, and so are our wallets.  With all good snacks gone, are you in search of an inexpensive treat that’s mouthwatering and sinfully delicious? One that can get you through the rest of vacation week without breaking the bank?

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How does a recipe serving 6-8  people for under $5.00 sound to you?  I have been asked numerous times by GMG FOB’s to share my quick and easy-go-to recipe for Fried Dough.  A treat my family is always excited to enjoy no matter what time day, or night!  Click see more for recipe details Read more