UTICA, N.Y. -- Tuesday, people in the Mohawk Valley are celebrating St. Joseph's Day.
The feast of St. Joseph is marked by Catholics and celebrated widely by Italian-Americans.
Locally, Cafe Canole in New Hartford, Old School Bar and Grill in Utica, and Cafe Caruso are going all out with St. Joseph’s Day inspired menu items.
People start ordering their pole bean salad, pasta ceci, and a few others dishes and desserts weeks in advance.
It's also a day to honor fathers as people are honoring St. Joseph.
"He's a model of faith for us, he teaches, especially men, what it is to follow God and the wisdom of God's ways, so we honor him," said Father Joseph Salerno, of Our lady of Lourdes and Our Lady of the Rosary Churches, in Utica, as a statue of St. Joseph-Mary's husband-looks down from the altar. "He's the patron of the church in every part of the world and just like the care of Jesus was entrusted to him as a foster father, so the church universally sees Joseph as its protector and its patron."
One of the traditions of St. Joseph's Day is feeding of the poor. From this tenet, grew the tradition of a traditional St. Joseph's Day feast.
"We do, like, a pork braciole, we do pasta cecci, which is one of the traditional ones. We do a sfinge and a zeppole, some of the pastries," said Dean Nole, co-owner of Cafe Canole, in New Hartford. "When I was living in Palermo, my God, we started frying the pastries 4:30 in the morning and we didn't stop til night, but, we're trying to bring all these traditions back, we both went to Italy and so far so good, we've had a lot of great turnout, and, making people happy and full," said Nole.