Valle San Giovanni Luncheon

A luncheon, the chance to see old friends once more, warm embraces, remembrances of past times. Such gatherings are not all that rare, but in a New Jersey restaurant this past November a reunion took place that was truly special.
By: Stefano Ulissi
 
Sept. 12, 2011 - PRLog -- Luncheon of people from Valle San Giovanni.  http://vallesangiovanni.com   A luncheon, the chance to see old friends once more, warm embraces, remembrances of past times.   Such gatherings are not all that rare, but in a New Jersey restaurant this past November a reunion took place that was truly special.  From the aromas of the typical dishes from Teramo in Italy, the sound of the Abruzzo dialect spoken with an American accent, the hugs given with abandon, and old black and white photos, it was impossible to miss the fact that this was to be a gathering of three generations of "Vallaroli."  That is, citizens of Valle San Giovanni in the Italian Province of Teramo

As times progress and new generations of Americans are born to Italian immigrants, the ability to speak native Italian is lost.  At best it lies hidden behind perfectly pronounced English words and phrases.  But not all of the younger people completely forget the land of their forefathers.  Instead they do their best to develop important projects so as to keep alive the memories and great adventures of their ancestors.
"It all begins with the small town of Valle San Giovanni," one of the members of the third generation of Italians in America, Stephen Mark Ulissi, says to a reporter from the web magazine PrimaDaNoi.  "In that town 100 years ago there were few guarantees of a bright future, and about 100 people emigrated to South America or, more frequently, to the United States and Canada in search of better opportunities.  Many went to Penns Grove, a town of about 5,000 people located in Southern New Jersey (USA).  They found work at DuPont, a large chemical plant.  And 80 years ago on Pitman Street, which is right in the heart of Penns Grove, there were so many people from Valle San Giovanni that it was impossible to walk along the street and not hear many voices in the heavy accent of Abruzzo.  On the dinner tables, especially on Sundays, the families ate Italian mozzarella cheese that had just arrived from Italy via plane.
But little by little things have changed.  Most of the Italians have left Pitman Street in search of other forms of employment, job transfers and promotions.  In the meantime they have become integrated into mainstream American society.
"Despite this, their sentiments and their beautiful memories live on," continues Ulissi.  "And to celebrate their shared and unforgotten past history, the American "Vallaroli" (and every so often someone from other parts of Italy) come together to organize a great feast."
This year on 5 November 2006, the people from Valle San Giovanni again found themselves seated together at the same table.  The dinner took place in Penns Grove at the Ristorante Italiano Di Paolo.  The Di Paolo family, it goes without saying, also originate from Valle San Giovanni.  "About 100 people came from all over for the grand event," recounts Ulissi.  "Of these only about 10 were born in this Italian village.  Two families came from Montreal, a trip of about 14 hours."  There were many great hugs and heartfelt emotion as the participants encountered long lost cousins, their old neighbors, and distant relatives.
No hamburgers of American food for this group.  In order to foster the tastes of days gone by, the courses were limited to delicacies from the nearby Teramo area of Italy.  Many memories were rekindled between the various courses that were served as well as during the customary card games of Briscola that had been organized for the occasion.

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