La Piccola Casa Italiana

While visiting the Festival, we hope that you will stop by La Piccola Casa Italiana just south of the Wine Garden. We believe that the house was built in 1921 on its current site. It was
never moved. The house was owned by the Ricauda family from 1923 until 1971
when it was sold to Joseph P. Beno. LIFT purchased it from him in 1979. We know
that the Ricauda family used the house as a rental property.

La Piccola Casa Italiana was Martha Costello’s vision. She worked tirelessly and the house opened to the public in 1979. Now, there is another generation trying to preserve Martha’s legacy to the Festival and to Clinton. We see the importance of the house and its garden
as a continuation of our immigrant heritage. The best compliment we ever hear
is “this looks just like me grandmother’s house.”

Each year, small changes are made to the interior of the house while staying true to the rich history of the Festival. For 2014, there are a couple of interesting projects in the works –
one major. There will be complete details in the 2014 Bollettino. We hope to
see you at La Piccola Casa Italiana.