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      A little piece of Italy in the midlands

      If you are anywhere near Blanding Street today, think about stopping by the Italian Festival.

      It's the festival's sixth year in Columbia and this year it is being held at the Robert Mills House.

      It is an outing for the family for sure with games, face painting, and of course...lots of delicious Italian food.

      "We have lasagna to Italian crabcakes to penne pasta to chicken alfredo. We'll have some wonderful desserts...cannoli and tiramisu and one of our biggest things is the pizza. We make it all homemade. Everything here is authentic Italian. Nothing pre-boxed here at this festival at all." says Nick Pizzuti, a festival chairman.

      The festival goes until 10 p.m. tonight.