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December 23, 2009
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A Calitri Memory

I’m not sure why, but there’s something about this photo that makes me think of Christmas. It could have been taken in Santa Fe, but in fact it was snapped on a sultry day late one September as we strolled around Calitri (province of Avellino in Campania). We saw chiles hanging off various proches, but […]

August 28, 2009
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Gratitude Friday

Where did the week go? Time for reflecting on the good in our lives. I am grateful for my friend, L. who I met through her blog Cucina Cara Mia. How wonderful to find someone from a similar background (Italian-American from NY) who loves to cook and is passionate about all things Italian and lives […]

June 2, 2009
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Walking In Calitri

I know there are lot of you out there that think like me. You want to be in Italy. In fact, truth be told, you might even be a little obsessed with it-reading everything you can, looking for travel deals even though you know you are not going to be traveling there any time soon, […]

May 23, 2009
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A Calitri Relative?

Today on the way to my Italian lesson I listened to a new CD that I ordered- a mix of songs by various Italian singers. There was one song that I really loved and so I grabbed the cover to see who it was and his name was Vinicio Capossela. His name rang a bell […]

May 21, 2009
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Calling All Calitri Lovers

Even though I won’t be spending time in my grandparents’ hometown of Calitri this summer, I can get a good glimpse of what’s going on there by checking out Jason’s blog- Un Calitrano Sordo. Earlier this week Jason arrived in Calitri from his home in Arizona. He’ll be living and working there for the next […]

May 1, 2009
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Calitri Dreams

I think back to our very brief visit to Calitri three and a half years ago. This hill town in the Avellino province of Campania was the birthplace of both my mother’s parents. As a child I knew they were from Italy, but I was too young to ask them about where they had come […]

December 24, 2008
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The Calitri Connection

For such a small town, everything that I write about Calitri seems to generate a lot of interest. Calitri, for those of you who haven’t read all I’ve written (hey, what’s with that?), is a small hill town in the Avellino province of Campania. My grandparents were both from this town and came to the […]

September 26, 2008
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Mio Nonno (My Grandfather)

I have very vivid memories of my grandfather, although I didn’t know him very long. He died when I was only eleven. My grandfather, Lazzaro, left his family in Calitri, Italy and came to the USA at the age of eighteen. Like thousands of others before him, he traveled by boat-the SS Koenigen Luise-and came […]

August 22, 2008
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Calitri-Il Pranzo

Our stay in Calitri was much too brief, but we knew we would be back again. I had gone to see the place where my grandparents were born and really should have planned on staying longer, but not knowing much about the area (and not having a car), we had only planned an overnight. Unfortunately […]

July 19, 2008
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La Pasta Di Campania-Again

Back in October when I started this blog one of the first things that I wrote about was trying to replicate my grandmother’s hand made pasta. She made the most incredible hand rolled pasta and although I can make fairly decent noodles, I long for her “jingles” (our family name for macaroni shape). I followed […]