This heritage month celebration began in 1989 to honor the influences, achievements and traditions of Italian immigrants and their descendants in America. From wood-fired pizza to Vespas and opera, Italians have long shaped the broader American culture with 5.5 million Italians who immigrated to the U.S. between 1820 and 2004.
Just like America, Sumner has been shaped by Italian traditions over the years. Obviously, this city has many, many opportunities to get pizza, offering both Americanized versions and the more traditional Italian style. You can also hear Italian names in local residents and businesses, including many of the area road construction companies like Scarsella, who recently built the Cannery Way Bridge, Tucci and Ceccanti, who recently built the Traffic Avenue improvements.
- The New York Public Library has a comprehensive webpage that offers a recap of this celebration and links to more online opportunities.
- Go beyond pizza to try Italian meals at restaurants in Sumner and neighboring Puyallup, including Sorci’s, Aversano’s, Mama Stortini’s, Al Lago and Toscanos.
- Watch clips online from PBS’s 2015 documentary, the Italian Americans.
- Try one of the bocce courts in nearby Tacoma to see how you do at the Italian version of lawn bowling.