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Head Over Heel: Seduced by Southern Italy by Chris Harrison

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Sunday Night Spaghettata

Having flown the family coop, a group of southern friends relocated to Italy’s north, where they formed another family whose intimacy was based on distance.

It was not your average Italian family, today among the smallest in Europe, it was the Italian family of old, of stereotype and Fellini: half a dozen people with napkins at their collars crammed around a table sipping wine and slurping spaghetti.

Sunday is a sacred day. After religious obligations early, Italians lunch with family before spending the evening with friends. But when friends become family, Sunday evening becomes a family feast. With familiar faces from Sicily who worked in Milan during the year, our northern Sunday evenings had a distinctly southern ...

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