The San Gennaro Festival, which takes place Sept. 14 to 24, celebrates the culture of Italian immigrants with parades, religious processions and (of course) plenty of food.

The celebration, now in its 91st year, is hosted by the Society of San Gennaro, a nonprofit organization that supports early Italian immigrant culture and faith. The feast will feature live music, a cannoli-eating competition and a Dean Martin trivia quiz.

Vendors representing local Italian restaurants and bakeries are always in attendance, lining the streets of Little Italy in Manhattan with plenty of delicious bites to choose from.

“Basically any kind of Italian food there is, you’ll find it at the feast," said John Fratta, a longtime board member of the Society of San Gennaro, whose great-grandfather was the group's first president.

You can’t go wrong with anything offered at the festival, but we've rounded up the dishes that should top your list when you head to Mulberry Street.

Cannoli

Perhaps the most iconic treat to enjoy at

Perhaps the most iconic treat to enjoy at San Gennaro is this Italian dessert. Cream-filled to perfection, cannoli will be everywhere at the festival, but for an original recipe to this classic treat, head to Ferrara Bakery and Café, which has been serving cannoli in Little Italy since 1892.

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Pasta (any pasta)

Get your carb fix by the plate at

Get your carb fix by the plate at the festival, where multiple vendors will be dishing out their pasta specialties. Whether it's frutta di marra (like this dish from Grotta Azzura) or a classic bolognese, you'll be able to find the perfect pasta preparation for you.

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Calzone

Give pizza's ugly stepbrother a chance at this
Give pizza's ugly stepbrother a chance at this year's festival. The calzone's doughy interior is stuffed with ricotta and other fillings; sometimes it's baked, other times fried. (Credit: iStock)

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Cheese (specifically mozzarella)

Nothing's quite as perfect as fresh, homemade mozzarella,

Nothing's quite as perfect as fresh, homemade mozzarella, and vendors at San Gennaro will be providing guests with this delicious cheese. Head to the DiPalo's stand at the fest, where their fresh mozzarella and other cheese varieties have been wowing New Yorkers since 1925.

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Meatballs

Meatballs don't always have to be served on

Meatballs don't always have to be served on a plate of spaghetti. Vendors will be whipping up thousands of this Italian staple for festival-goers to enjoy.

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Sausage and peppers

The smell of this quintessential Italian-American dish hits
The smell of this quintessential Italian-American dish hits you as soon as you turn on to Mulberry Street, where vendors are frying their sausages, peppers and onions on expansive griddles. Succumb to your taste for a greasy sandwich stuffed with all that grilled goodness. (Credit: Les Schecter)

Anything fried

Fried dishes are a must at any street

Fried dishes are a must at any street festival. The specialties at San Gennaro include mozzarella sticks, arancini, or rice balls, and zeppoles (deep fried dough topped with powdered sugar).

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