The sons of Italy are busy preparing their famous sausage
BELLAIRE, Ohio (WTRF)
The Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival of Undo will reopen Friday for the weekend.
Bellaire Sons of Italy’s Italian sausage sandwiches are a big part of the festival.
Even in the absence of the festival last year, they sold their sandwiches, but with only 1,200 pounds of sausage.
Now they’re back to full force and ready for the best year ever.
It’s a heartwarming tradition to watch, as the Bellaire Sons of Italy grind, mix and pack their own sausages.
They make 3,000 pounds of sausages for the festival each year.
It’s a tradition worth coming home to.
“I live in Ocean City, Maryland,” noted Dan DeBlasis. “But I was born here in Bellaire. And I come back every year. There is nothing like the Sons of Italy sausage.
They won’t reveal much about the recipe other than to say that they insist on premium ingredients and cut the cartilage off the meat rather than putting it through the meat grinder.
They believe there is a pent-up appetite for the return of the festival and for good food.
“People are lining up all the time,” SOI President Bill Ault said. “I go to different restaurants and people want to go out. It’s been a year.”
Their sandwiches are served on a long bun with grilled onions and peppers.