Cia Italia Matthews

Ciao Italia Matthews

Italy Comes to Matthews!

Immerse Yourself

in Italian culture, its food and music and learn about the history of Italy, the uniqueness of its regions and the impact Italy has had on the world.

Grab your “passaporto” when you enter Ciao Italia Matthews and experience Italy brought to Matthews.

Sunday, September 24, 2023
12:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Stumptown Park
120 S. Trade Street
Matthews, NC 28105

Produced by Mark Tofano and friends

The Ambience

Enjoy exquisite Italian food, wine, gelato and pastries, in the setting of an Italian piazza while listening to strolling musicians playing mandolin, accordion and violin.

How to Make Pasta

A live demonstration on stage by Chef Raffaele Patrizi on how to make pasta from scratch!

Extreme Sculpting Experience

Renowned sculptor Peter Rubino will create a 200 lb clay sculpture live on stage choreographed to music!

The Entertainment

Frank Sinatra tribute band playing traditional Italian folk songs, singers performing operatic and popular Italian songs, a pianist performing “Italian Ragtime”, a comedic act teaching Italian hand gestures, Italian words and phrases, and more, continuously throughout the day.

The Car Show

A selection of exotic italian cars.


The Finale

Opera Carolina accompanied by the Opera Carolina Orchestra performing opera’s greatest hits.