28.06.2014 - 28.06.2014
Angelo, Ross, Dom's neighbor Dennis, and Tony's son Adamo all went to brush the mold off the salami. We were asked if we'd like to tag along. Yes please! Although disappointed to miss the pig slaughter by two weeks, it was a close second to see the curated pig meat process. There were salamis and pancettas hanging from the rafters and huge hunks o'prosciutto soaking in salt on the table.
It was an assembly line production: Angelo and Adamo snipped off the string, Dennis and Ross scrubbed off the mold, and our job was to hang it back on the pole. Each casing had a color-coded florescent tag, with a name and a date.
We helped for about 2 minutes, then Dom came home and brought us in to the house to have tea with D, and eat her homemade pizelles. Lauren looked to Matthew to translate what Dom said. She felt foolish when she realized he was speaking English.
Emilia invited everyone over for afternoon coffee and something sweet. This casual affair brought 26 people, and enough food for ten times that. From Great-Zia Dominica to Luca, a second-cousin-once-removed. Every surface was covered with platters of freshly killed salami and asiago and parmesans, chocolate cakes and ricotta cakes... and then the wines, a vintage bottle Emilia found under the stairs (not potable, even to Matthew), chocovin, Dom's homebrew. The men sat outside on the patio, the women around the table and the kids on the sofa with their devices.
Let's see, there were first cousins Coreene plus 3 and Annalisa plus 3. there were first cousins once removed: Lucy and Emily, Rosella and Toni (and we'll meet the third, oldest sister Mary later) with their children, second cousins: acting Elena and boarding school Jack. We also met sweet Sylvia's daughter Adele and her son Luca. Emilia's Tony's brothers: Dom and Ferucio both came with wives D and Lucy and Tony's son Adamo came with wife Teresa and daughter Claudia. Everyone took turns posing for a photo with us.
After the day-eating at Emilia's, we moved on to night-eating at Angelo and Annalisa's for pizza and the D'Aquino family homebrew. I tried Hawaiian pizza for the first time in Australia.
After 62 years of marriage. Dom on D: "You're bloody heavy" as he lovingly massaged out her leg cramp. D on Dom: "He's happy, he has a salami to cut".