Meal: The Curcio lunch is always full of home-made deliciousness. Today’s lunch is an array of antipastos. Including Nonno’s homemade salami, marinated olives and grilled peppers paired nicely with a glass of Shiraz. Nonno is always up early buying local fresh ciabatta rolls for everyone to enjoy. Let’s not forget the coffee and biscotti to finish.
Family members: Salvatore, Anna, David and Alfie
In the Italian culture mealtime can include anyone and sometimes everyone. There are lots of cuddles and kisses between everyone, no matter your age, everyone is loved. This photo documents lunch with my grandparents, uncle and daughter. Often, we are outside enjoying the sunshine, the kids running around and the adults mostly talking about food. Lunch usually lasts the whole day with different food options making their way to and from the table constantly. Nonna shares her kitchen secrets with us and reminisces about her childhood. It’s interesting hearing these stories because it reminds us how lucky we are. My grandparents are always interested in what we are up to, too. I feel like even though they are the elders and we are always learning so much about them and from them, they are also learning a lot from us. Times have changed dramatically, yet our experiences reflect a lot of the traditions and beliefs they have taught us over time. Family is a vital part of the Italian culture. We talk about everything. We feel together, we cry together, and we laugh together. My family isn’t perfect, but they are perfect to me!
Photographer: Rosie Melfi Photography