ABOUT ME (Sandy)
My grandparents (both sets) immigrated to the States somewhere around the early 1920’s from the Campania Region of Italy. For anyone who doesn’t know, this is the beautiful region in Southern Italy where Naples, Sorrento & Capri are located. When my grandparents came to the State they wanted nothing more than to fit in. Their children spoke mainly English & they adapted to American customs & traditions. With each generation we became more American & lost a piece of our Italian heritage.
Food is a huge part of the Italian culture. To them food is about gathering with friends & family eating, drinking & laughing. I got a sense of this when I was kid growing up in a predominately Italian neighborhood. My parents’ home was often full of friends & relatives who would drop by unannounced “We were just in the neighborhood” they would say. Before you knew it the table was full of food & laughter filled they’re modest but welcoming home. My favorite & fondest memories are when one of my Uncles would start playing old Italian songs on his guitar & we were led in song usually by my father. Everyone would be singing even the kids. We had no idea what we were saying nor did we care. Whenever the homemade wine was flowing those were the nights when the adults sang just a little louder. To me this was being Italian.
Diva Eats Italia
The first time I stepped foot in Italy I immediately felt like I was home. There were glimpses of what I remembered as a kid. Certain smells, sounds & taste. I feel fortunate that my life now allows me to travel often to the birth place of my grandparents. With each visit I learn & understand a little more about my heritage & myself.
In an effort to find out more about the Italian culture & my heritage I started Diva Eats Italia. Through food you can find out so much about a culture. It’s usually steeped in tradition & religion. Hopefully during this quest I can pass on to you something new about one of the most delicious cuisines & the Italian culture. I’ll share some of my favorite recipes new & old as well as some of my experiences.
S A N D Y