Ferrari Fest! luxury vehicles, vino and Italian fare

Ferrari Fest! luxury vehicles, vino and Italian fare
Photography by Jeff Schear

Picture this. You're casually strolling down Monroe St. heading east towards Clark and you come upon a sea of red. You have just arrived at the 22nd annual Ferrari Fest.

Free for all residents and visitors, this community event sponsored by Italian Village Restaurants will feature over 50 Ferraris (not all are red) along with their owners lining Monroe Street from Clark to Dearborn. 

But that's not all.

In addition to the luxury vehicles, there's an all-you-can-eat buffet for $30 for guests over six years old, with all proceeds benefiting the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Inspiration Corporation.

The buffet will feature authentic Italian cuisine including dishes that have been on the menu since Italian Village's beginning in 1927. There's also wine from the restaurant’s Cellar in the Sky, an espresso and cappuccino bar and much more.  From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, September 8.

In addition to being treated to what promises to be delectable bites and daring vehicles, the Italian Village family -- spanning three generations of restaurateurs – will be front and center mingling and making guests feel like famiglia.

What: Ferrari Fest
Where:Italian Village Restaurant, 71 W. Monroe Street
When: Sunday, September , 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Italian Village made Show Me Chicago's 2012 list of Chicagoans favorite places. Here's a little history from that post. "Back in 1927, when you could get spaghetti with meatballs for 40 cents, Alfredo Capitanini, an Italian immigrant who never worked in a restaurant before coming to Chicago, opened the doors to The Italian Village.  The restaurant became a Chicago favorite with a storied history, catering to the movers and shakers and even renown gangsters of the times including Al Capone.  The upstairs bar, helmed by Vince Masini, who's been on-board since 1958, is a hangout for an interesting mix of Chicago originals and a good spot for a drink, complimentary pizza (5 to 6p.m), or to order from the menu."

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