KDKA Radio will once again be serving up its free spaghetti breakfast to Pittsburghers who are hungry enough to eat penne pasta even before the sun has come up over the Golden Triangle.
Friday's annual event, the station's 30th, takes place at the Heinz Hall Garden Plaza at Sixth and Liberty avenues, Downtown. The KDKA Morning News team of Larry Richert and John Shumway will be broadcasting live from 5 to 9 a.m., while other local personalities, including mayor-elect-to-be Bill Peduto, dish up the piping-hot plates of pasta, sausage, bread and all the fixings. Several thousand are expected to attend.
Father George Chortos of Immaculate Conception Parish in Washington, Pa., will give the blessing at 5 a.m., and the Cigna Riders motorcycle group will park their bikes and hang out to "add some atmosphere," as well as pay homage to event creator John Cigna, who passed away in 2011.
The breakfast is free, but organizers also will be accepting cash donations and canned food items for the Little Sisters of the Poor, a charity Mr. Cigna -- who spent nearly 30 years at KDKA-AM and was the beloved host of the morning drive show from 1983 until his retirement in December 2001 -- supported for many years.
Sponsors include DelGrosso Foods, Kuhn's Market, Lamagna Cheese, Cellone's Bakery and a host of other local businesses and organizations. For a complete list, visit pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/tag/spaghetti-breakfast.food - tvradio
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