New friends who my client Anthony and I met in the piazza in Marineo, Provincia di Palermo, the town from where Anthony’s father emigrated to the U.S. In the early 20th century. These gentlemen helped us locate Anthony’s distant cousin who lives down the street from the piazza.
Sicilians Love NY
Ragazzi (guys) hanging out in the Piazza della Republica, Mazara del Vallo.
Where the Guys Meet-Up
When traveling to smaller cities and towns, in the piazzas and at the local bars, you will see men congregating and very few women. (Bars in Italy aren’t like bars here–they are all-day, family-friendly social centers based around cappuccino, espresso, sandwiches and baked goods, soccer broadcasts, and cocktails; hence, not just cocktails.). The home is…
Bar Aurora: Bagheria’s Place to Be
This photo was taken by my uncle Stefano during a visit to Sicily in 1950. It is of 3 young bakers or baristas in the kitchen at Bagheria’s Bar Aurora. Bar Aurora was owned by my great uncle Domenico Cuffaro. It was–as the over-exposure from a following photo on the film-roll shows–a laboratorio (bakery), pasticceria…