The Italian-American Table

Family, Food and Wine

Going to Grandma and Grandpa’s for dinner, or more like a never ending late lunch, was where I learned about family, food and wine. I still remember the aromas, the flavors and words of wisdom.


There were always seasonal grapes on the table. Grapes were considered a gift from nature, and wine, a symbol of spiritual and human transformation. Grandpa would say softly with a smile, ‘Gregory, you don’t drink wine, you ssssip it’.  And that is when I was about 10 years old!


Abundant antipasti was followed by mounds of steaming pasta, then a fish or meat dish accompanied by various vegetables, side dishes, bread and salad. Ricotta cheese cake, cookies and coffee rounded out the meal with a touch of Anisette or Gentiana, the famous Amaro of Abruzzo.


As I often sat to the right of my grandfather, I listened to countless tales, each ending with one of his many sayings. My favorite to this day remains, “Gregory, there are three types of people in the world, those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who ask what happened?”


Well, we are making it happen with the D’AGOSTINO Montepulciano D’Abruzzo Riserva, Pinot Grigio, and Rose but I must apologize Grandpa, we aint sippin’…


Here’s to family, food and wine!




Heritage and Assimilation

The D’Agostino Montepulciano D’Abruzzo Riserva, Pinot Grigio and Rose are as much a product of New York as it is Italy! Elegant, stylishly structured and easy on the pallet. Part hustle, part sophistication. The Italian American experience captured in a bottle. 


Everybody has their favorite Italian Restaurant, Deli or Pizza Joint, and their place is always the best. You know, it’s the same argument, “they got the best mooz”, “nahhh.., you’re crazy, not since Joey left us, God rest his soul.”  Or, something like, “I don’t like fennel in my sausage”, “don’t worry, I gotta guy, but you gotta get there early, ’cause he runs out.” 


They’re all our Italian American or should I say American Italian places with the foods, aromas and culture we have grown to love. Our Italian done our way. Be it Sauce or Gravy, Regular or Sicilian, Spumoni or Tortoni, it’s all about how Italians shaped modern American culture through ingenuity and assimilation.



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