Italian dinner tradition returns to Camp Washington this weekend


One of Cincinnati’s oldest and most important traditions, the Original Italian Dinner, takes place this Sunday.This year, volunteers from the Church of the Sacred Heart prepare more than 80,000 ravioli and 12,000 meatballs handmade in preparation for the Sunday feast.The original Italian dinner goes for 111 years. It takes weeks of volunteers to prepare for the party at Camp Washington, which benefits the church. The Original Italian Dinner takes place at the Church of the Sacred Heart located at 2733 Massachusetts Ave. Doors open at 9am due to indoor crowd health concerns. , there will be no indoor dining this year. This will be a take-out event only. All items except grated cheese will be frozen. Homemade ravioli is $15 per box and there are 50 ravioli inside the box. Hand rolled meatballs are 10 for $10. House sauces are $10 a liter. The grated cheese will be sold at a cost of $5 per container. Only cash and checks will be accepted. No credit card will be authorized. Items will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or until food runs out. Church members said more than 3,000 people are expected to attend the event to sample authentic Italian cuisine.

One of Cincinnati’s oldest and most important traditions, The Original Italian Dinner, takes place this Sunday.

This year, Sacred Heart Church volunteers are making over 80,000 ravioli and 12,000 meatballs by hand in preparation for Sunday’s feast.

The original Italian diner has been around for 111 years.

It takes weeks for volunteers to prepare for the party at Camp Washington, which benefits the church.

The Original Italian Dinner takes place at the Sacred Heart Church located at 2733 Massachusetts Ave. Doors open at 9 a.m. Due to indoor crowd health concerns, there will be no indoor dining this year. This will be a take-out event only.

All items except grated cheese will be frozen. Homemade ravioli is $15 per box and there are 50 ravioli inside the box. Hand rolled meatballs are 10 for $10. House sauces are $10 a liter. The grated cheese will be sold for $5 per container.

Only cash and checks will be accepted. No credit card will be authorized.

Items will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or while supplies last.

Church members said more than 3,000 people are expected to attend the event to sample authentic Italian cuisine.

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