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Soccer Classic on the Hill – Turkey Bowl Thanksgiving Day

2017 Turkey Bowl is almost here…
-Thanksgiving morning, Berra Park.
-St. Ambrose youth soccer game starts are 9am, adult game starts at 10am.
-Special guests to sing the National Anthem before each game!
-T-shirts and hoodies for sale; hot chocolate, coffee, Missouri Bakery goodies and luganiga sandwiches available for a donation.
-All money raised goes to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
-Don’t miss this long-standing Thanksgiving Day Hill tradition!!

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Carnevale Comes to River City Casino in St Louis on February 10, 2018

Ciao St Louis’ First Annual Carnevale Masquerade Ball!

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This is a formal event; black tie optional. Masquerade masks in the style of Venice’s Carnevale not required, but strongly encouraged!
Tickets go on sale November 10th, 2017

Time: 6:30 PM
Place: River City Casino Grand Ballroom
Price: $100 per person  Tables of 8 or 10 are available.

Event includes:
Cocktail hour and appetizers
Four Venetian Dining Stations
Premium Open Bar

The night kicks off with a special performance in a typical Venetian style;  followed by Music and Dancing, along with other surprises throughout the evening.
Be sure to register for the Best Mask Contest that evening for a chance to win a prize.

We are looking forward to a beautiful evening, with great music, great food and great company! If you have any questions or need additional information, feel free to contact us!


Laura DiMaggio.
Ciao St Louis Event Chairperson


Marianna Vitale
Ciao St Louis Event Co-Chair

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Pinocchio’s Adventures in Funland, Sunday March 18, 2018 at Powell Hall

Pinocchio's Adventures in Funland

Gemma New, conductor

“Children, and those who remember your childhoods, I would like to tell you a story about a curious little fellow…a puppet whose greatest wish was to stop being a puppet and begin being a boy, a real boy.” Travel to funland with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra as they bring to life the enchanting tale of Carlo Collodi’s most beloved marionette, all while entertaining, educating and introducing your family to the riches of concert music. This concert will also feature excerpts from other childhood favorites including The Barber of Seville Overture and Carnival of the Animals

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Tony Viviano will be performing at the corner of Macklind and Daggett, Oct 1, 2017

Tony will be  performing in front of Gioia’s Deli on Oct 1, 2017 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm during the Columbus Parade.  Gioia’s Deli will also be open during the parade so come and enjoy the parade, food and fun.

Tony started singing at the tender age of three, inspired by his older brother, Joe. When Tony was 10 years old, Joe bought two albums by Frank Sinatra and learned the lyrics and emulated Sinatra’s phrasing; When Bobby Darin came out with “Mac the Knife” and “Clementine” they learned the lyrics to the songs on those albums. Joe and Tony ran a produce route in those days, and their father did not allow a radio on the truck, so by the time the truck was loaded and on the highway, they were singing the songs from the album, track by track.

After getting encouragement from Milton Berle to go to Las Vegas, Tony met Tony Bennett at Caesar’s Palace in 1971, Mr. Bennett was encouraging, but Tony came back to St. Louis, and got his first real gig at The Topper, in Riverview. From there he went to the Bissell Lounge and then the Midtown Lounge in Alton, Illinois.

Tony performing


Tony and his band have performed at the most elegant and prestigious hotels, country clubs, restaurants, & night clubs in St. Louis, Las Vegas, Chicago, Kansas City, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and at numerous Italian Fests around the country.


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New York New York Italian Radio Show Podcast for July 28, 2017

New York New York Italian Radio Show July 28, 2017

Friday July 28th, 2017″ at 11:05 am New York time 17:05 Orario di Roma Tune in on ”” for another Radio Show of “NEW YORK NEW YORK” Hosted by ” SAL PALMERI. ”
: This week Guest is FEDERICO MARTELLO, Italian Singer, my New York listeners already applauded him at THE ITALIAN SONG FESTIVAL OF NEW YORK IN 2010

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Ciao St Louis Festa Italiana and Columbus Day Parade, Oct. 1, 2017

Ciao St Louis would like to announce that the organization will be presenting Festa Italiana and 150th Anniversary of the Columbus Day Parade in St. Louis MO.   There have been a number of requests for information on participating in this years parade.

This year’s Parade and Festa Italiana are on: Sunday, October 1, 2017

Please click here to download a parade application

For safety and traffic concerns, there will be a change in the parade route.  The   parade will turn left of Daggett from Marconi and continue to Berra Park.  This will make it easier for people traveling to and from the Hill area.

Festa Italiana will be at Berra Park following the parade.  There will be live entertainment, food, drinks and games.



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Como La Flor by Giada Valenti

by Giada Valenti

Giada Valenti’s interpretation of the Selena hit “Como La Flor”


Yo sé que tienes un nuevo amor
Sin embargo, te deseo lo mejor
Si en mi no encontraste felicidad
Tal vez alguien más te la daráComo la flor (como la flor), con tanto amor (con tanto amor)
Me diste tú, se marchito
Me marcho hoy, yo sé perder
Pero, Aaaayyy! Cómo me duele
Aaaayyy! Cómo me duele

Si vieras como duele perder tu amor
Con tu adiós te llevas mi corazón
No sé si pueda volver a amar
Porque te di todo el amor que pude dar

Como la flor (como la flor), con tanto amor (con tanto amor)
Me diste tú, se marchitó
Me marcho hoy, yo sé perder
Pero, Aaaayyy! Cómo me duele
Aaaayyy! Cómo me duele

Como la flor (como la flor), con tanto amor (con tanto amor)
Me diste tú, se marchitó
Me marcho hoy, yo sé perder
Pero, Aaaayyy! Cómo me duele
Aaaayyy! Cómo me duele
Aaaayyy! Cómo me duele


released June 16, 2017
Producer: Jorge Velasco / Engineer: Jorge Velasco / Piano: Marco A. Godoy / Percussion: Gino Gamboa / Guitar: Dan Sistos / Bass: Jose Pablo Peña / Hammond B3: Zoux / Backing Vocals: Anastasia Roark Foster & Kim Koury / Programming: Andrew Capra / Additional Programming: Jorge Velasco / String Arrangement & Conducting: Jeremy Rubolino / Music Copyist: Nami Melumad / Graphic Design: Jan Martin Wilschut / Photography: Jaap Pouwer / Project Coordinator: CJ Nance Velasco / Office assistant: Nathalie Ryckenbusch / Recorded at Stagg Street Studio / Assisted by Josh Franks & Kai Usami / Mixed by Jorge Velasco at VAM Studio / Mastering by Michelle Mancini for Demifugue Mastering at Larrabee Sound Studios / Thanks to: Melody Carpenter (Stagg Street Studio) / Executive Producers: J.J. Pouwer & Giada ValentiSongwriters: A.B. Quintanilla / Selena Quintanilla / Pete Astudiillo


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