Italian dinner features recipes of famous WWI Fort Ontario soldier Garibaldi Lapolla

Garibaldi Lapolla, Fort Ontario, and “Italian Cooking for the American Kitchen”

OSWEGO - At 6 p.m. on Friday, March 6, Friends of Fort Ontario will host a fundraising dinner program featuring the recipes and life of Garibaldi M. Lapolla at the American Foundry in Oswego.

Considered one of the 100 most famous immigrants to enter the United States through Ellis Island, Lapolla popularized Italian-American cooking in America with publication of his still influential Italian Cooking for the American Kitchen in 1953.

Lapolla attributed his culinary success to his WWI army experience at Fort Ontario and has been featured on Alton Brown’s Food Network Show, “Good Eats”.

Dinner will be comprised of dishes inspired by Lapolla’s cookbook, including antipasto, consommé romana (soup), chicken Parmesan, eggplant Parmesan, and rice pudding with caramel sauce.

Following the meal, historian Paul Lear will speak on Lapolla’s fascinating life as an Italian immigrant, educator, politician, soldier, novelist, artist, poet, labor activist and cookbook author. There will be gift baskets and other raffles.

Tickets for the event may be purchased by advance reservation only by Feb. 28 and cost $50; they can be obtained by calling 315-343-4711, or Paypal through the Friends of Fort Ontario website (

Proceeds will benefit educational programming, special events, and projects at Fort Ontario State Historic Site.

The American Foundry is located at 246 W. Seneca St. in the city of Oswego. Friends of Fort Ontario is a not-for-profit educational organization with tax exempt status under Section 501 (C)(3).

For more information on the event contact

As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.