“Biggia-dutz” !

What do you recall about growing up Italian? Share one of your childhood memories with us. Our Grandmas often relied on memory when cooking dishes whose recipes had been handed down for generations. When they couldn’t find exactly what they needed in their adopted country, they made do by substituting one ingredient for another. Recipes […]

Visiting my Mother’s Village

Everyone has a story: tell us yours! stories@italianside.com I flew into Rome with my cousin Annette and as Sicily came into view we had our first glimpse of the rugged mountainous country that is Calabria… and we both cried. My cousins Annette and Tony’s Grandmothers and my mother were 3 sisters and they also had […]

Escape from Winter

By Diane Hirsch Looking out my window at all the snow and ice, I can’t help but wonder if winter will ever end. The northeastern part of the U.S. has been particularly cold and snowy this winter, giving me a serious case of the winter blues. It’s colder here than in Sochi, Russia where the […]

Searching for My Ancestor’s Home (Part II)

Everyone has a story: tell us yours! stories@italianside.com Searching for My Ancestor’s Home Part II by Diane H. First Part is HERE While I hadn’t consciously planned it, we arrived in Matera during the later afternoon, 120 years to the day when my grandfather was born. How perfect it would be to find his house […]

Searching for My Ancestor’s Home

Everyone has a story: tell us yours! stories@italianside.com Searching for My Ancestor’s Home Part I by Diane H. Anyone who has done any genealogical research knows how all consuming it is. It seems the more you discover, the more you want to know. Each record is a treasure, yet it is just a small piece […]

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