Don't Miss The 35th Annual Spaghetti Breakfast On Friday!

"You can eat spaghetti, meatballs, sausage, cheese and bread as early as 5 a.m."

Larry Richert and John Shumway
September 20, 2018 - 11:08 am
Spaghetti Breakfast

KDKA Radio

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Join us on Friday for a KDKA Radio tradition, the 35th Annual Spaghetti Breakfast.

Larry and John will be broadcasting live from Heinz Hall Garden Plaza downtown where you can eat spaghetti, meatballs, sausage, cheese and bread as early as 5 a.m.

There is plenty of music, food and fun until 9 a.m. and if you think spaghetti for breakfast is unheard of, don’t worry, you can get a to-go container and save it for lunch.

The event was started by the late KDKA Radio morning show host John Cigna to raise money for the Little Sisters of the Poor, and we continue that tradition today.

Over the years, there have been many memorable moments. Last year two KDKA Radio listeners and frequent visitors to the breakfast were engaged!

Rob Knox of West Deer, had been bringing his girlfriend, Lisa, to the spaghetti breakfast the past five years and decided to pop the question in 2017.

“This is about as public as anything could get so I wanted do ask you, would you be my one?” and of course Lisa said YES.

There will be plenty of familiar faces serving spaghetti, including KDKA Radio Afternoon Host Robert Mangino, traffic reporter Kathy Berggren, and True Value's Andy Amrhein. 

This year's event is sponsored by Kuhn's Quality Foods, Common Plea Catering, Starbucks, Ricci's Italian Sausage and more!

Ernie Ricci of Ricci's Italian Sausage joined KDKA Radio on Thursday to tell listeners how unique the breakfast is and what's inside his italian sausage.

"All of our spices are hand mixed, so we're not buying somebody else's recipe," Ricci said. 

"We hand mix every batch in advance and it's all natural spices."

Ernie was apart of the spaghetti breakfast back when John Cigna was the host of the KDKA Radio Morning News. 

"You can't do this anywhere in the United States but in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Five o'clock in the morning on a Friday, you serve pasta, sausage and meatballs for breakfast," Ricci added. 

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