Passport to the Taste of Italy Welcomes Italian Guests

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Passport to The Taste of Italy

Who does not love Italian Food?

Italian Food is considered one of the most popular and most copied in the world. The cuisine has a huge variety of tasty ingredients; Cheeses, pastas, fruits, meats, and fish are common Italian fare. Add a little olive oil and bread and your culinary extravaganza is complete.

Guests from Italy and people of Italian heritage will be making their way to Toledo for the Italian Bowl LVII on July 1, 2023 in the University of Toledo Glass Bowl Stadium. Before the thrill of the gridiron, local restaurants will highlight Italian heritage with a Passport to the Taste of Italy. Almost 40 restaurants have announced their participation in the ‘restaurant bowl dining extravaganza’ running locally June 18-24.

Passport to the Taste of Italy provides a week-long, region-wide showcase of Italian entrees, desserts, and cocktails. Diners will be able to vote on which restaurant features the best entree, best dessert, and best cocktail through a simple QR code located in the restaurant. Additionally, tickets can be purchased to the Italian Bowl at the table.

The top ten restaurants from the People’s Choice awards will go on to the competition for the Judge’s Choice trophy. The televised “Cook-Off” will air June 26 on Buckeye Cable Sports Network and Jim Rhegness will guide the judging panel. Awards for the People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice trophies will be presented during the championship game on Saturday, July 1.

Kristina White, coordinator of the Passport states “there are so many reasons that Toledo is the perfect place to host the Italian Bowl XLII. We expect people from around the world to attend the events. With the abundance of fabulous dining locally, how could we not showcase all the wonderful cuisine our region has to offer?”

The week will kick off with a special international toast held live on social media on June 17th. It is hoped that the Toledo toast will reach to Italy as we all celebrate the Passport week.

Tickets for Toledo’s Italian Bowl can be purchased at https://www.italianbowlusa.com/tickets or table-side at participating restaurants. There are $15 general admission tickets and $30 reserved seats at the Glass Bowl. Club level tickets, which offer premium indoor seating and a buffet, start at $50.

Want a Taste of Italy…plan on dining out the week of June 18-24.

Here are some of the great restaurants that are participating!

Marco's Pizza logo
M'Osteria logo
Claude's Prime Seafood logo
Harbor Town Tavern logo
Maumee Bay Brewing logo
Balance Pan-Asian Grille logo
Mancy's Italian Grill logo
Mancy's Ideal logo
Stella's logo
Souk Mediterranean Kitchen & Bar logo
Rockwell's logo
Registry Bistro logo
Toledo Club logo
Libardo's logo
Lena's Italian Restaurant logo
Keith and Chris Incorvaia's Bene Italiano logo
The Heights logo
Zia's logo
The Blarney logo
Hannon's Block logo
Georgio's Cafe International logo
Georgio's Grill logo
Real Seafood logo
Ciao! logo
Rosaria's on 3rd Street logo
Rosie's Italian Grille logo
Swig logo
Cousino's Steakhouse logo
Barr's Public House logo
The Beirut logo
Carrabba's Italian Grill logo
Element 112 logo
Manhattan's Pub 'n Cheer logo
Plat8 logo
Basil Pizza & Wine Bar logo
Toledo Yacht Club logo
Calvino's Toledo logo
The Chop House logo

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Enter to Win an all-inclusive Prize Package worth $300!

  • Two (2) VIP Club Seats to the game (Indoor Seating & all-you-can-eat buffet)
  • Two (2) Official XLII Italian Bowl Merchandise Bundles (Hoodie, T-Shirt, Hat)
  • Two (2) Commemorative 2023 “Spaghetti” Italian Bowl USA Posters