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Thursday, October 06, 2011

1975: LEGENDARY ITALIAN COOKING!

I spent two and a half years in Italy when I did my 3 year Army Security Agency assignment during the mid 1950's. Talk about a fox in a chicken coop! I was already a fan of the Italian cuisine long before I reached draft age. During my time in Italy, I spent more time eating in the local Italian restaurants than I did at the PX where Italian food was only an occasional treat. I have always been a lover of all sorts of pasta dishes. Back in the 1940's when we played sandlot baseball over in Plaag's Grove, my fellow Yankee fan and buddy the late Alex Bencivengo would bring over a slice of one of Mom Bencivengo's home made "ah-beetz" as Alex referred to them. The operating word: HEAVENLY! Turn me loose on many Fridays and you will find me ordering a tomato pie from Ricky DeLorenzo's true old fashioned "pizza" restaurant on Hamilton Avenue. The charming graphics above show the dedication to the art of cooking that is so typical of the Italians in our midst.
HI TOM....ITALIAN COOKING MAY BE ONE OF THE REASONS WHY I'M STILL AROUND AT MY AGE. DURING THE DEPRESSION YEARS MY MOM COOKED MANY VEGATABLE MEALS AND OTHER DINNERS THAT WERE HEALTHY. MY WIFE LEARNED ALL THAT WHILE WE LIVED WITH MY PARENTS. BEST REGARDS.

3 comments:

Ralph Lucarella said...

HI TOM....ITALIAN COOKING MAY BE ONE OF THE REASONS WHY I'M STILL AROUND AT MY AGE. DURING THE DEPRERSSION YEARS MY MOM COOKED MANY VEGTABLE MEALS AND OTHER DINNERS THAT WERE HEALTHY. MY WIFE LEARNED ALL THAT WHILE WE LIVED WITH MY PARENTS. BEST REGARDS.

Mack said...

I bet Frank got that hat at J&L Caps on South Clinton:)

Joe Fabiano said...

Hi Tom...great site, also love Macks Truck site....That is father Charles Fabiano on the front left side...Frankie Pinto..aka Frankie Mason..was one of my fathers best friends...he called him Dad...Frankie would bring weekly lunches over to my fathers gas station...Fabian's Gulf @ Swan and Whittaker. Thanks again for the memories..Joe Fabiano