When you come to a giant fork in the road in Omaha, Nebraska, you might not know which way to turn. But I know what to do: stop for a moment and dig in! You’re at Stile di Famiglia (Family Style) – a giant fork with spaghetti at the Towns of Little Italy!
This stainless steel sculpture was commissioned by The Homeowners Association of the Towns of Little Italy in Ohama. After a design competition was held to find the perfect piece to represent one of the oldest communities in the city, artist Jake Balcom was selected with the task. When creating the sculpture, Balcom was inspired by the tight-knit community of the area…and by a meal at a local Italian restaurant.
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The piece’s name, “Stile di Famiglia” or “Family Style,” was selected to reference a type of restaurant service where instead of plated meals, all the food comes out on big platters or bowls, meant to be shared much like a family dinner at home. In both name and form, this Omaha roadside attraction respects the city’s Italian heritage, local restaurants (it’s just down the block from Orsi’s Italian Bakery & Pizzeria), and community.
At 13 feet tall, the giant fork with pasta strands winding around the tines might not be the world’s largest fork, but it’s probably the world’s largest fork twirling spaghetti! So next time you find yourself in Omaha be ready to stick a fork in it and visit Stile di Famiglia.
While you’re in Omaha be sure to also check out these other murals and Nebraska roadside attractions: Justin Queal Home Run mural, the Fertile Ground Mural, and the Union Pacific Big Boy and Centennial Trains at Kenefick Park.
Stile di Famiglia (Family Style): Giant Fork with Spaghetti
Address: 1115 S. 7th St., Omaha, Nebraska
Cost: Free to See
Hours: Always Visible, but located in residential neighborhood so be respectful