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This fest is Italian, but not completely

Published: Sat, August 3, 2013 @ 10:01 p.m.


One of the main draws of the Greater Youngstown Italian Festival is the food.

And there’s plenty of it — stromboli, cavatells, Italian sausage, meatball subs, chicken parm, gyros, French fries, elephant ears, stuffed Hungarian peppers, Mexican food, ribs, and, uh, back up a bit.

While there are several authentic Italian food choices, there are many non-Italian options.

Holding a Greek gyro in his hand and talking about eating stuffed Hungarian peppers, Jeff Jones of Youngstown laughed when asked if he was going to eat Italian food.

“I’m making a tour of the world with food,” he said. “I’m going to have a little bit of everything. I’ll need a wheelchair when I am done.”

Even though there’s nothing Italian on the menu, business was good Friday and Saturday, the first two days of the festival in downtown Youngstown, for Vlahos Green Gyros, said Alexandra Vlahos, its owner.

The event concludes Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Vlahos’ new creation, a chocolate gyro, was selling well. Instead of meat, the gyro is filled with shaved chocolate, strawberries, bananas and whipped cream.

Read more about the food and the fest in Sunday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.


1anothermike(227 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Have to give the Greeks in Warren credit for having an annual "Greek" fest....don't look for spaghetti, egg rolls, pork fried rice or BB-Q ribs. They do it right.....Greek music and dancers also, similar to what the Slavic folks do at their Fest.....Italian??...not so much....maybe why many of us Italians choose not to attend......just my opinion

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2gr8bnretired(21 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Anothermike, I agree. It's great to have all of these fests in downtown Youngstown, but the real ethnic celebrations happen at the fests put on by the churches. I'm Italian and I go to the St Demetrios Greek Fest in Warren twice each year!

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3LtMacGowan(714 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Its not fair that the Italian festival gets all this city support, but the Irish Festival was cancelled. We're the second largest ethnicity in the city! We deserve equal treatment damn it.

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