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FESTIVAL: Ciao, Italia! Festival

Saturday, Oct. 9



Pizza-tossing is serious business. To avoid a disaster (and enjoy a tasty, crisper crust) you need to possess culinary skills or else you might be scraping dough from the floor (and that would just be gross). Luckily, Siler Chapman, a world champion pizza acrobat, is making a special appearance to demonstrate his own tricks of the toss. You can see him during the annual Ciao, Italia! Festival — which celebrates all things Italian — at The Wachovia Atrium. The fest will also feature cooking demonstrations, Italian language lessons, wine and cheese tastings, cultural displays and artifacts, vendors in the "Bottega," a raffle, activities for children, and, last but not least, food (including, sausage and peppers, eggplant parmigiana sandwiches, pasta, pizza, Italian ice and an assortment of cookies and pastries). Mmmm ... sounds good, right? $3-$5; free for children 12 years old and under. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. The Wachovia Atrium, 301 S. Tryon St. For more information, visit


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