Deana Martin, Mauro Castano draw crowds to Italian Festival
By Jennifer Holloway - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Mon., Aug. 8, 2011
Vegas came to Enfield over the weekend as the Deana Martin Variety Show performed at the 86th annual Italian Festival. “It’s wonderful to be back in Enfield,” Martin told her audience. The famous performer - and daughter of Dean Martin - returned to the festival this year with singer Steve Maglio, singing impressionist Bob Anderson and comedian Pete Barbutti to make up the variety show.
“I’m so Italian, my birthstone is cement,” Martin joked about her heritage, then asked the crowd to go with her to Rome as she sang “On an Evening in Roma.”
At one point in the show, Martin called the other three on stage and gave them lyrics to an Italian song, “Eh Cumpari.” The four danced around as they worked through the upbeat, comical number. “Everyone loves a train wreck,” Barbutti quipped when it was over.
While Martin’s show drew crowds to the stage, Mauro Castano of TLC's reality television show “Cake Boss” attracted lengthy lines of fans to his tent, as they waited for a chance to buy merchandise from the famous New Jersey bakery and meet the Castano family.
“I want his autograph,” Luke Benneche said, excited about his “once in a lifetime opportunity.”
“We make cupcakes in our spare time,” Anastasia Ashchepkova added. As the two neared the front of the line, they said they had been waiting an hour and 10 minutes to meet the reality show’s stars.
Castano’s wife, Maddalena, daughter, Dominique, and son, Buddy, accompanied him to Enfield.
“I was shocked at the number of Italians,” Mauro said, referring to the festival turnout. “I think we take it for granted and think they all live around us.”
Castano took the stage Sunday night to talk about Carlo’s Bakery and tell stories from the show. Before he was part of “la famiglia,” Castano actually worked in construction.
“I put the bathrooms in the original bakery,” he said. While working there, he saw Maddalena, and her father eventually set them up. The family aspect of the show extends beyond the Valastro ties, as Castano said sisters and brothers of current and past employees continue to rotate through the bakery doors.
He told the festival crowd that the family fights on the show are real, but that they are part of being Italian. “You yell, you scream, then at dinner you share bread,” he said.