Posts Tagged ‘Roseto degli Abruzzi’

Almost a whole generation of my grandfather’s family left Italy for life in America between 1909 and 1930.  Three brothers and one sister from the same family made the voyage by boat. Some went alone, like my grandfather Giovanni (Johnny), with zero English and a mere 14 years old.  One of our grandfather’s nieces, Argia, stayed behind when her mother and father went to Philadelphia.  Argia’s son Walter lives here in Roseto.  He is in his early 70s now and together with his wonderful wife Adriana, manage a business that has been in the family a long time. A Cartolibreria, a shop that sells cards, books (particularly children’s picture books), toys, stationery and small gifts.

Also in Roseto is the niece of our beloved late Zio Vittorio, Anna Maria.  A fabulous large-hearted woman with a most infectious laugh.

We have had such a wonderful time with all of them. And some great meals.  These women can cook! Just to prove it, here are some pics of the food.

Olive Ascolana and grilled peppers (capsicum)

Triglia - red snapper

Torta, fruit and coffee

The sauce and the meat

The pasta afterwards...got too excited to photograph before

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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 1913 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 1908. Either in Morro D’oro or Notaresco. Anna married Giovanni (John) Pergolini who was originally from Rosburgo (now Roseto degli Abruzzi) and possibly born in Montepagano or Rosburgo. 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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