Saturday, November 5, 2011

pizza -----oh amore

Sunday dinner at Nonna's

The table was set with everyday dishes. It doesn't matter if they don't match. They're clean; what more do you want?

All the utensils go on the right side of the plate and the napkin goes on the left.

A clean kitchen towel was put at Nonna's & Papa's plates because they won't use napkins.

Homemade wine and bottles of 7-UP are on the table.

First course, Antipasto... Change plates.

Second course, macaroni. All pasta was called macaroni... Change plates.

Third course, roast beef, potatoes and vegetables... Change plates.

THEN, and only then - NEVER AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MEAL would you eat the salad drenched in homemade oil & vinegar dressing... Change plates.

Next course, fruit & nuts - in the shell - on paper plates because you ran out of the real ones.

Last was coffee with anisette espresso for Nonna, 'American' coffee for the rest - with hard cookies (biscotti) to dunk in the coffee.

The kids would go out to play.

The men would go lay down. They slept so soundly that you could do brain surgery on them without anesthesia.

The women cleaned the kitchen.

We got screamed at by Mom or Nonna, and half of the sentences were English, the other half Italian.

Ate All the Candy


SandyCarlson said...

Looks so good!

A Lady's Life said...

Sandy - its something kids can make if they have the ready made dough

Flash said...

Holy cow! That's a HUGE meal.

Diane said...

Great pizza idea! HUGE meal!(I would have been comatose with the men!) And those poor kids!!!

A Lady's Life said...

Flash - Well believe it or not,joking apart, that's how the Italians still eat. For an older woman it's exhausting.
That's why they require big families to help out lol

A Lady's Life said...

Diane - My sisterinlaw complains about her back but her up bringing and family tradition still pushes her to perform in this manner.

I on the other hand tried doing this a few times and found people are too finicky with food. One likes this one doesn;t like that, so for me buffet is good for special occasions. Also its easier going out so people can choose their own food.
Then I find they will eat in a restaurant things they will be finicky with in your home lol