Driving on the A3 autostrada from the Reggio Calabria airport to the village of Pellegrina (a tiny Comune di Bagnara Calabra) my mood changes instantly. I’m greeted by a penetrating sun, flowing sea breezes, and intoxicating smells of earth. The greeting has come courtesy of Calabria, the terra of my parents and the very foundation of my soul. Yes, I’ve been [...]
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By now you know of our connection to the region of Calabria in southern Italy and our familiar, immigrant, story. You know, for example, that our parents immigrated to the U.S. from a tiny hilltop village in southwest Calabria called Pellegrina in the 1970′s and that we’ve been influenced greatly by the traditions found in the region. However, we’ve never told [...]
(photo: the beautiful, 1 liter, tin housing Frankies Sicilian olive oil and a salad of tomatoes, red onion, and basil) Amongst southern Italians there’s a deep rivalry between Calabrians and Sicilians. If you travel to Calabria’s old capital Reggio Calabria, you’ll see many Sicilian influences from the regional dialect to arancini and the breakfast delicacy brioce (a type of sweet bread that is served with [...]
OK, so I just updated my Facebook status to read, “Vincent is feeling Old World” and I need to explain the thinking behind the status: I just finished watching Emanuele’s Crialese’s The Golden Door and it was truly magnificent. Crialese tells the story of a Sicilian’s family voyage to the US in the early 20th century. The film is simplistic [...]