At the age of 23 I decided to leave my country because the work was scarce and the pay was always accounts. There was never a full pay and sometimes there was no pay because the furniture that we were making did not sell, so there was no pay at all. I left from Genova on the boat Saturnia on 9/1949 and arrived in N.Y. 3 weeks after with little money in my pocket and no knowledge of the language.
Your stories & recipes
I created this section of the site to collect the memories of the Italians living abroad or those with an Italian heritage. In the past years I've "met" a lot of you through my web site and you generously shared your stories and recipes with me. All the stories are different of course, but the love for Italy and its food transpires in all of them.
Most of the memories people share with me are related to a certain food that a grandmother or mother used to make. Often I'm asked to help find a certain recipe, and my greatest joy is when I find a recipe similar to the one someone knew and loved.
Now I want to share these stories you have given me with others, so I'm leaving this space of my site for you. If you want to share your memories with us and an Italian recipe your mom or someone of your family used to cook for you, a recipe with a special meaning.
I will prepare and photograph the recipe you submit. The recipes have to be your own and should in some way connect you with your Italian roots, traditions or those of a loved one. Along with your recipe you should submit a paragraph or two explaining something about you, or the recipe and why it is important to you. For more information contact me at: patty [at] cookingwithpatty.com