Pot and Pasta Maker

My great grandmother's pot, about 100 years old
My great grandmother's pot, about 100 years old

 The Pot and Pasta Maker: My Italian Heritage 

            Well before I was born, my great grandparents came to the United States from Palermo, Italy. Coming in through Ellis Island in New York, my great grandparents and their family moved to New Haven, CT. They eventually moved to West Haven, CT where my great grandparents moved with my grandfather and my uncle. Eventually, my grandfather, my uncle and his brothers attempted to build our house until arguments and drunk binders hindered them and they hired contractors to finish it. That house has been in my family’s name for over 50 years until recently. Inside this house was where all the magic in this story occurred. 

            My family’s Italian roots followed them to the States as they had a very old metal pot and a pasta maker that would be used to make their pasta dishes such as raviolis, manicotti, lasagna, classic spaghetti and meatballs, and cavatelli. In this pot they would make their famous tomato sauce that was passed down for generations, even passed down to me where I tweaked it a tad. I hope they aren’t having a fit because I changed their flawless recipe. To this day we still have the pot and use it frequently and we just replaced our pasta maker so the fact that it lasted about 60 years is incredible. These 2 items have been with my family for decades and they will be with my family for many more to come. 

Place(s): Palermo, Italy, New Haven, CT, West Haven, CT
Year: 1910

– MC

Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more