Italian Heritage Day at Heinz History Center

ItalianHeritageDay-PosterBy Nicky D Cooks

Please come and join me on Sunday, October 5th at the Heinz History Center.  I will be at the Italian Heritage Day at Heinz History Center, and I will have some of my fresh made pizzelle on hand to share.

Italian Heritage Day at the Heinz History Center is a full day of interactive activities designed with K-12 students in mind. In honor of Italian Heritage Month, local community groups and museum staff will facilitate educational activities on every floor of the museum. Activities are conceived in a manner that will allow all members of the family to work together to learn about Italian American history and culture.

Intergenerational participation is encouraged, so bring tua madre, tuo padre, tua nonna, tuo nonno, tua zia, tuo zio, e tutti i tuoi fratelli, sorelle e cugini. Children 17 & under get into the museum for free on Italian Heritage Day, so this is a great way to have the kids involved in this activity.

There are many fun and exciting activities scheduled for this day; learning how to play bocce with Major League Bocce, preparing and taste traditional Italian American foods with Slow Food Pittsburgh, experience Old World Farming with the Italian Garden Project and learning basic Italian vocabulary with La Scuola d’Italia Galileo Galilei.

For a complete list check out the events page at the Heinz History Center: http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/events.aspx?EventID=441

Besides fun family activities, Italian Heritage Day will also feature an Italian American bazaar in the Mueller Center with vendors, live entertainment, and information tables about local Italian heritage groups.

I will be there with the team members from Ciao Pittsburgh, please come by and visit us. We will be the ones with the delicious pizzelle. Check out the link on Ciao  Pittsburgh.

Italian Heritage Day is made possible through a generous donation from Mascaro Construction. For questions regarding Italian Heritage Day or the Italian American Program, please contact Melissa Marinaro at 412-454-6426 or memarinaro@heinzhistorycenter.org.

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Eating It Up, Italian Style

sicilian trapaniGreat article we came upon in The Spokesman-Review about Italian food. Here’s an excerpt:

I was sitting in a family-run restaurant, tucked away on a narrow cobblestone street in the capital of Tuscany, nearly finished with a bowl of Ribollita soup.

I’d been savoring each spoonful.

The beans for this soup were fed one by one into an empty potbellied wine bottle, then covered with water and flavored with hand-picked sage, fresh garlic, salt and peppercorns, and left to simmer in the dying embers of last night’s cooking fire. Local fresh black leaf kale and house-baked Tuscan bread give it additional body.

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Italian Heritage Day at Heinz History Center

ItalianHeritageDay-PosterTu e la tua famiglia are cordially invited to commemorate your italianità at the History Center on Sunday, Oct. 5, with a full day of interactive activities designed with K-12 students in mind.

In honor of Italian Heritage Month, local community groups and museum staff will facilitate educational activities on every floor of the museum. Activities are conceived in a manner that will allow all members of the family to work together to learn about Italian American history and culture. Intergenerational participation is encouraged, so bring tua madre, tuo padre, tua nonna, tuo nonno, tua zia, tuo zio, e tutti i tuoi fratelli, sorelle e cugini. Children 17 & under get into the museum for free on Italian Heritage Day!

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First Perspective: Living in Gaeta

DSC05480By Sarah Bolen

Tangled curls twist downward towards tanned feet, hiding a face freckled by the Italian sun. This is the image reflected in the dirty window of the crowded commuter train I take every morning. I slowly become less aware of how hot it is, as the train rocks past scenery only God could have designed. The sea hurls itself against the mountainside in a foamy fury and the mountain, steadfast, responds with ancient poise.

Every station gives me fifteen seconds to see the architecture and culture of each town. We move from fresh fish at the pescheria to aged prosciutto at the salumeria. I smile at a few things that don’t change at all, old ladies stopping to gossip about the same things they’ve gossiped about for forty years, surrounded by children playing soccer in the streets. And I wonder to myself how I’ll have the courage to leave this place.

My name, Sarah, is pronounced differently here in Italy; the locals roll it over in their mouths, then sing an exotic “Sah-rah.” I’m 28 years old. I’ve lived in Gaeta, a small coastal town 50 miles north of Naples, for 9 years, my entire adult life. In my backyard, I have a vineyard, an olive orchard, a vegetable garden, ten rabbits, five chickens, and three goats. La dolce vita.

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Aunty Judy’s Zucchini Bread

zbread2 (2)By Nicky D Cooks

When I first met Judy, I could tell that she was a great person. She welcomed me into her house, offered me something to eat and a cup of coffee. I felt like I was walking into a home of one of my relatives, I was so comfortable yet it was the first time I was meeting her.

Judy is my husband’s aunt. I was at her house for a big 4th of July Party with all of her family. Judy married into a big Italian family. Like a typical Italian gathering, there were so many people and an abundance of food. It was just so impressive to see that many generations of a family gathered in one place.

Judy is a talented cook and baker. I am always impressed with the massive amount of food that comes from her kitchen. If there is a family event at her house, there is always a plethora of hot dishes that comes from her oven. I ask her in jest where does she hide the multiple stoves in order to produce this much food.

She smiles and laughed because Judy is also of Italian descent. Like many Italian woman who have already raised their family, Judy knows how to cook for a large crowd. She is a pro, and has been cooking and baking for many years. 

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