Italian Easter : Cooking Legacy

Italian Easter : Cooking Legacy

If ever there were a week when Italians must do a lot of cooking, it’s the week before Easter.  When I was a child, lent fasting was a severe prescription for Catholic families. I remember my grandmother Modestina took it so seriously that only when the bells...
Italy is Out

Italy is Out

Italy is Out Time to change perspective   “What I need is perspective. The illusion of depth, created by a frame, the arrangement of shapes on a flat surface. Perspective is necessary. Otherwise there are only two dimensions. Otherwise you live with your...
From Manchester to Filignano to Rome

From Manchester to Filignano to Rome

my triangle   At the end of the school year we spent in Molise, we went back to Manchester, England. But, before school started, I was sent back to Rome to live with an aunt that I believe I had seen only once in my life. I was an anchor cast to secure that one...
Being Italian

Being Italian

It’s not easy   Lazy, crazy, unruly wise guys? Believe me, being Italian is not an easy thing. Every time, I look at the life we live in this “blessed with everything Country” I start singing Luca Carboni’s song “Ci vuole un fisico bestiale (You need a feral...
Second Immigration

Second Immigration

back to Italy I will never know why, because I never asked, but in 1963 we came back to Italy. Again, we separated from my father who stayed in Manchester England. My mother, my sister and I went to live in the quaint little village in Molise where both my father and...