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On April 16, 2019, my sister, Catherine, and I visited the town of Riardo.
Riardo is a famous place in our family, nostalgically spoken about by our grandma and Uncle Junior at the dinner table as Riardo was the home of their father, Giuseppe Mancino.
Giuseppe Mancino (whose surname was changed to "Mangino" upon arriving to Ellis Island in 1906) is my great grandfather.
I only know about him through stories.
He only spoke nel dialetto Casertano, had an arranged "amashad" marriage to an Italian-American woman named Mary Mastratune, was a father of 14, and worked with other Italians on the railroads of Pennsylvania.
He came to the United States from the Port Of Naples at age 21 and loved his Italian heritage and identity.
Riardo is a town in the region of Campania and is known for it's spring water (L'acqua Ferrarelle).
It was really special for me and my sister to unearth our family roots and begin the process of dual citizenship.
Thanks to the sacrifices of our family, my sister and I have the profound privilege to study and better understand our family history.