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by Rosanna Paternostro
Bisacquino, western hinterland of Sicily.
A town with strong Sicilian roots where many traditions still remain solid.
Frank Capra was born here before he emigrated to America when he was very young.
Many people from Bisacquino emigrated to America in the early 1900s.
And his echo must also have reached the ear of the director of Everybody loves Raymond so much so that in one episode a mysterious aunt of Bisacquino appears.
In this little town our Rosanna Paternostro met Mrs. Antonina.
Ros: Good evening, Mrs. Antonina. Tell us a little about your past. Did the hairdresser come to the house on the wedding day?
Ant: Yes the hairdresser came
Ros: How old were you?
Ant: 19 years old … wait there is my son
Ros: Did you go to the restaurant like now?
Ant: No we ate at home, we had lunch the next day
Ros: And on the night of the wedding you had, party
Ant: Yes a party, confetti, cookies
Ros: What did you used to drink
Ant: Homemade rosoli. There were the green confetti and the green rosolio that was used for the engagement
Ros: How many children did you have
Ant: 4, one is here
Ros: Did you give birth in the hospital
Ant: No at home. They prepared the water
Ros: And where did they wash the baby
Ant: In the tub
Ros: You have always been here in Bisacquino
Ant: We spent two months in Germany and came back
Ros: And why did you come back
Ant: My husband didn’t like the bread, it was black very black
Ros: Who is this in the photo?
Ant: My husband … he played the accordion
Ros: How old are you?
Ant: I’m old
Ros: You look good
Ros: I’ll come to see you some other time
Ant: And when?
Ros: You live alone
Ant: Yes alone
Ros: But as they say: sulità … which means solitude
Ant: Santità, pani picca e libertà which means Holiness, little bread and freedom