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For Immediate Release
Tuesday October 15, 2013

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Weekend Celebrating Italian Food, Music and Fun a Success!

32nd Annual Eldorado Great Italian Festival Winners and Contest Results

RENO, Nev. (October 15, 2013) – The streets of downtown were packed this weekend for the 32nd Annual Eldorado Great Italian Festival October 12 and 13. Locals and tourists, Italians and those that wanted to be Italian for the weekend, all came out to celebrate the sights, sounds and smells of Italy. Attendees enjoyed great Italian food, free entertainment, bocce ball an Italian farmers market and some friendly competition!

The sauce cookers competition is an annual favorite with fierce competition. More than thirty families spent the weekend cooking their secret sauces for a panel of judges that included Johnathan Wright and Laura Longero of the Reno Gazette-Journal and Ivano Centemeri, chef of the Eldorado’s signature Italian restaurant, La Strada. This year three families walked away winners—the Capurro family, who hail from the Liguria region of Italy, took first place honors, the Ragusano family of Sicily came in second place and the Manitta family also from Sicily simmered in at third. A total of 32 sauces were judged over the two-day event with scores given for flavor, aroma, appearance and consistency. The crowds crowned the Bianco family the people’s choice winner on Saturday and the Salerno family on Sunday.

Each of the sauce cooker’s booths were also judged for the decorations. Many hung Italian flags, grapes and bread baskets, pasta sauce cooking awards and other Italian-inspired decor. This year’s best decorated booth was the Alessi Artana family. The Ragusano family booth came in second and the Marini-Aimone family came in third.

Perhaps the liveliest event at each Italian Festival is the grape stomp. Each year the Eldorado invites members of the local media and political circuit to participate in a special stomp on Sunday afternoon. Members of Reno’s radio stations, television studios and print publications are a competitive bunch and this year’s stomp was no exception! The highest ranking grape stompers in the media category for 2013 were Jave Patterson and Alan Bruce from 104.5 KDOT and 105.7 KOZZ. Bill and Connie from Alice 96.5 stomped their way to a second place victory while Alice’s RJ Palaminos and Sunny 106.9’s Tessa Marie secured third place overall.

Congratulations to all our Eldorado Great Italian Festival winners for 2013! The Eldorado would like to thank all the guests and volunteers that make this annual Festival a hit year after year. For more information on the 32nd Annual Eldorado Great Italian Festival, visit or find us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. You can also get details by calling 775-786-5700.