Family Day in Colle d’Anchise

Sunday June 5

After breakfast I talked with Signor Michele about writing an article about La Piano dei Mulini. He is very involved in archeological projects in the region and discussed some of this with me. I will e-mail him after I return home to interview him for the article.

I went with Antonella, Gianluca and Santina to Mass at the church of my grandparents, where Antonella sings in the choir. I actually could understand some of Don Fredy’s sermon. After Mass we went to Antonella’s mother’s (Isabella’s) house, where the entire family would be coming over for lunch.

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Isabella must have been working since early in the morning, because when we arrived I could smell good things from her cucina.

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She was making stuffed shells, eggplant, chicken, and from the looks of things, much more.

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I met the whole family including Santina’s fiancè Marco, and also Pasqualina’s husband and teenage children. What started out to be lunch turned into an all day food event.

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Isabella loves cooking and she just kept bringing more food to the table, saying, “It’s just a little something.” In addition to the stuffed shells, grillled eggplant and chicken, we had home-made prosciutto, formaggio, salad, home-made wine, fruit, pasticcia from Pasquallna, cream puffs and caffè.

Everyone sat around the table for hours, talking fast and at the same time in typical Italian style. I could understand some, and knew when they were speaking dialect. Isabella lived many years in Canada, so she speaks excellent English as well as Italian, so that helped. I enjoyed the animated conversations even if I didn’t understand it all. I also loved watching as they played cards, briscola and scopa. The men sat at one end of the table and the women at the other.

Later they took me for a drive into the mountains to Castelpetroso, where there is a magnificent cathedral.

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It was absolutely beautiful inside and out. Rick and Monica and I had seen this from the autostrada and wondered about it. We also went to an area close by where Mary had appeared to two young girls, and there was a small church and shrine there. It was cold as we were so high in the mountains that I could see some snow, but it was beautiful, quiet and very tranquil.

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When we returned to the house for a “snack” of dinner, Isabella had more of the same food and then some, as though this was another full-course meal.

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She had pomodoro bruschetta, tartuffo bruschetta, watermelon, cantaloupe, popcorn and ice cream too, and of course more vino! I had a wonderful day and really felt like part of the family. Carolina and Michele drove me back to La Piano dei Mulini at 9 pm. It was a wonderful day in Colle d’Anchise with my cousins!

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Santina, Carolina and Antonella

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3 Responses to Family Day in Colle d’Anchise

  1. Lori Samarin says:

    This is what it’s all about! When you are visiting family, friends, close associates, or a combination of the above, everyone goes out of their way. No ” pot luck” there! Everyone takes the event very seriously with a gusto and comittment that overflows for the rest of the day. The rhythrm is relaxed, special treats are planned, excursions or little “pensierini” =thoughtful surprizes, are incorporated into the agenda. Ahhh, the slow, careless rhythm of life abounds and each time one is connected to the earth and its bounty!

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  2. Cathedral was magnificent. Really and truly and I am sure I am not the first to say that. However, the food, oh the food. One thing I have to ask about. Did they take a zuchini and cook it like we fry plantains? I saw the fork marks and that is what I thought of; twice fried plantains. Ah food, fast food people have no idea what they are missing.

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