As an Italian American from the Bronx
New York, I was raised in a very Italian family and neighborhood. My Grandmother only spoke Italian as did many
of my Uncles. So we were raised with
phrases like Mangia Statti Zitto and Mangia Mangia. My Grandmother wrote on my
8th grade graduation card Buona Fortuna e Prosperita. Sunday was reserved for big family dinners
and we had a big family as my Mother had 13 siblings and my Father had 4
brothers. As everyone knows, Italians
look to cook and eat good food. Our
Sunday dinners had antipasto, Soup, Lasagna, Meatballs and Macaroni with sauce
and lots of baked goods from our Aunt Milli.
On holidays we also had hot chestnuts and my uncles put fruit wedges in
their wine. I treasure all these
memories and miss those big family gatherings.
Now our families are scattered around the United States and gone is the
"old neighborhood" as I knew it in the Bronx.
I have tried to recreate some of those
fond memories through my art and here are some of my favorite Italian Decor
pieces that help remind me of the "old days" when we were always
surrounded by our family.
The center of our house was the kitchen--as everyone knows Italians look to cook and eat. I created this Cucina Italiana sign to hang in any Italian kitchen. I carved a rich array of Italian vegetables, Italian bread, fruit, cheese and a Chianti bottle. Most of my Italian Kitchen Decor features carved Italian vegetables and at least 1 clove of garlic!
I recreated the wishes from my Grandmother with a plaque that says in Italian Good Fortune and Prosperity and carved an array of Italian vegetables, Italian sausages, Garlic, Peppers and Olive Oil. I created an old world Tuscan theme with a stone brick border with a wood ledge.
All Italians love Mangia Mangia! At our dinner table as soon as the food was set on the table we would hear from all the mothers Mangia Mangia!
Family is the most important part of life to Italians and i created a plaque with the words Sempre Famiglia, or Family is Forever. This antique style plaque will work in any home decor and resonate perfectly with any Italian American family.
My Uncles always made their own wine every year and bottled their wine in beautiful Chianti bottles. I carved a Wine Wall Decor plaque with those Chianti Bottles and we can even personalize these Wine Bottles with a name and date so it can be made into a nice tribute to honor our ancestors who made the difficult journey to America so many years ago.