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.......FROM THE EDITOR/DESIGNER, MARINO AMORUSO.......
In a family full of great Italian cooks, Aunt Phil Gallo was by far the best.
Felicia Amoruso came to America in 1938 at fifteen-years old from Bisceglie, Italy with her older brother, Vittorio, and her mother, Aurelia. He father had passed away and four of her older siblings, Angela, Marino, Pietro and Giovanna were already in New York. Older brothers Angelo and Francesco had been drafted into the Italian army by Mussolini and could not escape Italy.
In 1944 she married a duck farmer from East Patchogue, Long Island named Michael Gallo and they built a wonderful life together until Aunt Phil passed away in 1990.
The recipes in the book are by no means everything that Aunt Phil was capable of cooking. She could make hundreds of dishes - all from memory. My cousin Michele, however, has done an absolutely remarkable job in putting this collection together. It features Aunt Phil's best work. Michele makes just about everything in this book as good as her mother did, which is a high compliment, indeed.