Past

Honorary

Presidents

2021 ~ Alfie Cascio

2020 ~ Fr Damian Zuerlein

2019 ~ Fr Damian Zuerlein

2018 ~ Tony Cosentino

2017 ~ Joseph Caniglia

2016 ~ Charles Vacanti

2015 ~ Sam Marchese

2014 ~ John Stella

2013 ~ Jim Hall

2012 ~ Jim Rotella

2007 ~ 2011

2006 ~ Fr Theodore Richling Jr

2005 ~ Angelo Buda

2004 ~ James Monaghan

2003 ~ Tom Nastase Jr

2002 ~ Tony Baratta

2001 ~ Pat Venditte

2000 ~ Jim Jansen

1999 ~ Lou Rotella Jr

1998 ~ Joe Caniglia PhD

1997 ~ Fr Russell Monzu

1996 ~ Sr Mary Evangeline

1995 ~ Joe Troia

1994 ~ Fred Bruning

1993 ~ Subby Anzaldo

1992 ~ Frances Mandolfo

1991 ~ Vince Emmanuel Sr

1990 ~ Mike Albert

1989 ~ Bob Orsi

1988 ~ Yano Bonafede

1987 ~ Mike Boyle

1986 ~ Lou Rotella Sr

1985 ~ Anthony Troia

1984 ~ Frances Pane

1983 ~ Claudio Orsi

1982 ~ Bishop Anthony Milone

1981 ~ Nuncio Pomidoro

1980 ~ Thomas Breccetti

1979 ~ Sandy Buda

1978 ~ Anthony Fucinaro

1977 ~ Bernie Venditte

1976 ~ Sam Pattavina

1975 ~ Tony Troia

1974 ~ Sam Howell

1973 ~ Ross Lorello

1972 ~ Al Caniglia

1971 ~ Alfred Pattavina Jr

1970 ~ Dr Joseph Longo Jr

1969 ~ Emil Sodaro

1968 ~ Charles Mancuso

1967 ~ Frank Pane

1966 ~ Frank Distefano Sr

1965 ~ John Mainelli

1964 ~ Dr Joseph Grasso

1963 ~ Dr Anthony Circo

1962 ~

1961 ~ Dr Anthony Pantano

1960 ~

1959 ~ Louie Salerno

1948 ~ 1958

1947 ~ Louis Carnazzo

1946 ~ Louis Finocchiaro

1940 ~ 1945

1939 ~ Charles Ancona

1938 ~ Joseph Piccolo

1937 ~ 

1936 ~ Dr S. J. Carnazzo

1925 ~ 1935

The Santa Lucia Festival Committee is proud to announce

Alfie Cascio 2021 “Honorary President”

It is extremely fitting to honor Alfie this year as the festival returns to Little Italy. The Cascio family and their legendary Cascio’s Steakhouse (1620 S 10th St) has been a cornerstone of Little Italy the past 75 years.

Alfie has many fond memories of the Santa Lucia Festival and is excited to see it back in the old neighborhood. As a kid, he used to run around the festival with his friends… that is, when he was not working at the restaurant for his Grandpa Joe and Great Uncle Al. He gets his name, charismatic personality, sense of legacy, and love of Santa Lucia from his Uncle Al.

He remembers sitting outside of Cascio's with his Uncle Al waiting for the parade to make its annual stop in front of the family steakhouse. 

The band would get louder as the crowd processed and Saint Lucy drew closer. Uncle Al would be waiting proudly; eager to give his annual donation. This year, the parade will process in front of Cascio’s once again to honor Alfie and the Cascio family.  His parents, Larry and Cyndie, took over the restaurant back in 1999 to continue the family tradition. His dad was no stranger to the business or hard work, having started working at eight years old boxing pizzas. Alfie followed a remarkably similar path to his father’s. Alfie was cleaning up the restaurant at the age of 6 but would not officially be hired until 13. Like the generations before him, Alfie also married an extraordinarily strong woman, Michelle. Pictured above, she is the backbone of their family. Even though she is 100% Irish, she immediately bought into the Italian way of life. Alfie and Michelle were married at St. Francis Cabrini Church and are parents to Brennan (26), Kennedy (24), and Bailey (22). He is the first to admit that he could not have done any of this without her help and support. If you want to get Alfie talking, ask him about Michelle or the kids. He is an extremely proud husband and father. 

The third-generation owner is driven by continuing his family’s legacy. He has always strived to make Grandpa Joe and Great Uncle Al proud. After 75 years in business, Alfie’s next goal is to hit the 100-year mark. He is currently planning a 75-year anniversary celebration for August – so be on the lookout for more information.  

His sense of tradition, love of family, hard work, and passion to serve others has made us proud to name him our Honorary President for the 97th Santa Lucia Festival.

Congratulations Alfie Cascio on being named

The 97th Annual Santa Lucia Festival

Honorary President