Westerly’s ‘soupy’ sign unveiling will take place Friday at Calabrese Club | Western

WESTERLY – The official unveiling of Westerly’s soupy commemorative sign will take place Friday.

The custom-made sign will be displayed in Columbus Circle to signify the city’s status as an important location for the cured pork sausage that, in the Italian tradition passed down from immigrant ancestors, is made annually in homes across the city every winter .

The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Friday at the Calabrese Club, 28 Pleasant St.

It was in 1994 that the city declared soup the official city meat product. Assistant City Manager Melissa Davy recently worked with City Councilwoman Mary Scialabba to get the ball rolling on efforts last year to get a permanent memorial of the event in a prominent location. Joe Iacoi suggested Columbus Circle as a permanent location for the sign.

The pair were able to obtain a grant from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation to have the sign produced. The foundation’s Hungry for History grant program celebrates American food history by telling the stories of local and regional food specialties across the United States.

As designed, Westerly’s sign will read: “Soppressata, dried pork sausage made with unique spice blends, following the tradition of Westerly families since the late 1920s.”

– Ryan blessing