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Last week was our final week of Italian language school in Sorrento. We decided to stay on a few days longer as our study limited our time to explore and linger over meals.  The extra time has given us the opportunity to try some local restaurants.

 

Inn Bufalito antipasti

 

First, Inn Bufalito in Sorrento. This stylish and friendly restaurant specialises in meals based on the local water buffalo. We had excellent antipasti of buffalo milk cheese, buffalo salami and buffalo pepperoni. This was accompanied by a lovely sharp pecorino (sheep) cheese, broccoli greens, marinated artichoke hearts and foccacia. The antipasti would have sufficed for lunch, but we had already ordered a main course of pasta each.

One dish was a buffalo ragu served over pacchero pasta. The second was fusilli con zucca e salsice, pumpkin and sausage.

Wisely, we refused desert offers and had a macchiato each.

As if the scenery on boat ride to Positano weren’t enough, we were also treated to a stunning view over the Mare Tirrenia from Ristorante Bruno along the via Cristofo Colombo.

 

view from via Cristofo Colombo Positano

 

It was the 1oth of October so we toasted Italy and Chris Columbus with a glass of local red and a plate of scialatielli, a local hand cut pasta. Mine was dressed with lovely little prawns, black olives and a fresh tomato sauce.

 

Scialatielli at Ristorante Bruno

 

A final bliss point has to be the Frittura de Pesce that we ate at the Feste Sagra del Pesce (festival for the blessing of the fish). A feather-light batter on rings and tentacles of squid, sardines about the size of my middle finger, prawns with crunchy tails, a giant chunk of lemon (Sorrentine lemons are fabulously juicy), a crunchy roll and a cup of wine.  All for 5 Euros!

 

Sagra Del Pesce

 

Last week was our final week of Italian language school in Sorrento. We decided to stay on a few days longer as our study limited our time to explore and linger over meals.  The extra time has given us the opportunity to try some local restaurants.
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Note: I have made corrections to this 2010 blog post and republished it in 2018.

My sister and I will be in Italy soon and will be researching our grandmother’s family in the Abruzzo province.

If anyone out there knows the whereabouts and names of relatives of our great-grandfather Nicola Mezzacappa, we would love to hear from you. Nicola emigrated to the USA in 1909 on the ship Madonna sailing from Napoli. He and his wife had 5 daughters, Anna, Alice, Agnes, Philomena, Ethel.

Anna was our grandmother and was born in Italy in 1904 in Morro D’oro. Anna married Giovanni (John) Pergolini who was originally from Rosburgo (now Roseto degli Abruzzi) and was born in Montepagano in 1895. Anna and John lived in Philadelphia and bore two children, Louise Pergolini Tucker (deceased) and Robert Pergolini.

Would love to hear from anyone with information on the Mezzacappa families  in Italy, USA, Australia, Argentina or any of  the other countries that are home to the Italian diaspora!  Ciao for now…

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