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“Not What it Used to Be”

Saint Anthony of Padua Church
Reviewed 9 August 2014

I'm not sure we bother to go to the Italian Festival anymore. It used to be fun and great food. Over the years, it seems to get worse and worse. The service is poor...OK they are volunteers, but...The food tends to not be hot. I'd rather eat at a nice Italian restaurant than go back to the Italian Festival.

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Reviewed 17 June 2014

Another year, another festival. Again, we enjoyed the bands, rides & food at St. Anthony's Italian Festival. We were glad to see Chef Furio back with his homemade pastas & arancini. Delish! The kids enjoyed the rides & we enjoyed listening to the bands play. The kids even liked the Italian polka music. Only disappointment this year was the funnel cake. Someone or something happened to them. They were a mess. Sorry to say they were not worth a dollar, let alone the $6 we paid for them. We even saw other people throwing away their uneaten funnel cakes. Better luck next year, I guess. The lemonades, however, did not disappoint! Bernie's Italian Ices were also great.

On the way out, we even stopped in Father Tucker Memorial Park (which is inside the carnival grounds). The kids played on the swings & slides. You can also get a great view of the rides from here. There are some benches here where you can rest & listen to the music too.

Fun times are always to be had at the week long festival held at St. Anthony's. We have been coming for years & would recommend to others. See you next year!

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Reviewed 4 May 2014

Very big and beautiful church. Moreover, you can visit it without paying entrance fee. Saint Antony is loved and admired saint by Catholics. He is a " doctor saint". It is believed that he can find lost items. It is worth to visit it. It is a must in Padova.

1  Thank ELVIRAKARAMEN
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Reviewed 19 September 2013

St. Anthony's has the largest area carnival and week-long festival in Northern Delaware. Somehow its reputation has grown such that it is often listed as one of the top 10 things to do in Delaware. Save you money and your time as the church has found new ways to take your money while the value of the "Italian" portion of the event has gone way down. On my Top 10 Things not to see in Delaware list.

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Reviewed 21 June 2013

We visited St. Anthony's again this summer for the Italian Festival. We always stop to visit the church 1st. It is a beautiful old church with a very pretty fountain out front. I find the doors and architecture to be amazing. As always, we had a nice time at the festival. This year the festival was smaller in size. We noticed that they cut out a whole section where there used to be a band, food vendors, seafood shack and casino style games. We did miss the seafood shack, but we still had a good time. La Casa Pasta & The Chesapeake Inn were both back this year with their specialities. We stopped and got an authentic Italian dinner from Chef Giuseppe Furio, who was making fresh pasta by hand on location. It was delicious! While we dined, we caught a live performance by Eric Richardson (Tribute to Dean Martin show). To finish the night off we got a lemonade and a funnel cake (from the school booth), which was also very good. On the way out, we stopped at Torrone Candy and got some soft torrone & at Bernie's Original for a lemon water ice.

Overall we enjoyed the festival. Prices can be high, but it is a nice night out where you can enjoy the culture and live entertainment. Rides are attractive, but I haven't been on them. Overall food is good, but some stands are better than others. Admission is fair price at only $5 per adult. Kids under 14 & seniors over 60 are FREE. Church is FREE to visit throughout the year except on evenings during the week of the festival.

2  Thank daisyferret1
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