"America is the land that gave me opportunity" - Angela Gigante


Here is a video from summer 2019 where we interviewed my grandparents...


Question:

What do you miss the most about Sicily when you are in New York?


Nonna:

"What do I miss? great question..I miss all of Sicily. My way of doing things, my family. But I have adapted and I cannot say anything bad about either place. This is my "Motherland" and I love it but New York gave me "opportunity". I was able to work, raise a family, grandkids. Thank you, I'm done! (LOL)


Nonno:

"I'm miss that as soon as we finished building our house, we left for America. and we can never lose the tradition of coming back to Castellammare. A Lot has changed, it has become more modern but here we are!


Cheers to that!


Question:

What word comes to mind when you think of Sicily?


Nonno:

For me, Sicily was "fun"! There was the owner of the "baglio", I would help him tend to the land. Then we would go to Mazzo Di Sciacca and we would drive the fresh water, and while I would drink, my teeth would freeze. It was really something special. Today everything is modern. Theres a ton of stores and restaurants, lots of bars and the people enjoy themselves. They come and go from the beach and the time passes.


Nonna:

"Are you done? For me what comes to mind is that Sicily is the most beautiful place in the world.


Nonno:

"Especially Scopello right?!


Nonna:

Scopello, Castellammare and all of it. My family is first and I hope to keep enjoying it with my kids, grandkids and great grandkids!




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