Does anyone really need an excuse for an Italian feast? I don't but, for those who do, Columbus Day is the perfect opportunity. I have posted two delicious Italian menus for the occasion. The first is a hearty Italian dinner featuring a popular Italian soup, Pasta e Fagioli, which is a soup made with pasta and beans. It takes some time to cook, but most of that can be accomplished one or two days ahead, as can the dessert, and easy Ricotta Cheese Pie. With a little help from a few simple, store-bought hors d'oeuvres, the menu comes together quickly at serving time. The second menu is a 'Build-Your-Own' Sandwich Party featuring Italian Hoagies (also called subs, depending on your location). As the title suggests, everyone makes their own sandwich using whatever ingredients they prefer, so it is easy on the cook and perfect for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. The side dishes and fruit and berries dessert can be prepared a day ahead. Serve Italian wines or cocktails with either of the menus, and coffee or espresso to accompany the desserts. I have included preparation notes and each recipe has links to alternate choices. If you still do not find what you are looking for, browse the Italian Recipes page, where you will find many more recipes from which to choose.