Recently I passed a milestone in the life of a father; I walked the younger of my two daughters down the aisle. As the day approached, I played up the stereotype of the father of the bride, bemoaning the expense of the wedding to friends at work, despite her remaining well within budget. One coworker told me that in India the bride’s family still pays a dowry which can be pretty large. I was told, although the practice is illegal, the families circumvent the law by calling it a gift. The entire discussion, however, reminded me of 15th century Florence’s Monte delle doti, the dowry fund.
What is the glory of Dante compared to spaghetti? Spaghetti has entered many American homes where the name of Dante is never pronounced.
With this blog, I would like to continue the journey I began with my book. I will explore the culture and history of Italians and Italian-Americans. I will examine the forces that shaped who we are as well as our possible paths into the future. I will also travel down the road less traveled, if you will pardon the cliché, to explore some of the lesser-known aspects of our culture. It is my sincere desire to share with all of you the excitement and fun of Italy, Italians, and Italian-Americans.