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Date: Friday July 1st, 2011

Time: After soccer match btwn Italy vs. Germany

Venue: Piazza in Nocera Terinese next to the church

Food: Penne pasta, sausage and wurstel paninis

So after our big game, the Italians couldn’t hang around for a drink because they had to go home take showers and cook for our “Pasta and Panini Party”. This was our version of the “Dress Rehearsal Dinner”.  I would like to inform everyone that we actually never even had a dress rehearsal.  I would like to think of this party as a “Getting to Know You Party”.  We had friends from N.Y., Miami, Puerto Rico, D.C., Austria, Holland and Germany come to partake.  We invited our families and friends to join us for not just food but for beer, homemade wine, and cocktails made by my friend Carlo.  Shaken not stirred.

My cousins Roberto and Salvatore and their friends all helped out with the setting up of the tables, cooking and cleaning.  I want to thank all of them for doing that for us. I want to also thank my cousin Angelina, for letting us use her big refrigerator and bar.

Our chief pasta chef.

First in line!!

While we eat pasta the sausage cooks.

Back for seconds!

i Tedeschi

Caroline and my sis have secured their spots.

Jen seems to think the pasta is good.

Napoleone trying to convince Sean to eat Peperoncino.

Sis and I are used to eating like this in our family!

Christine in Calabria.

His Italian name is now "FLAVIO".

Over at this table I think Christine and Flavio are waiting for the sausage paninis.

Our top chefs need a break though.

The sausages and wurstels are going quickly.

Looks like "i gemelli" (twins) have been hogging up the sausage paninis all for themselves.

Ive seems to have gotten his hands on a panino as well.

My lovely Aunt Angela with my sis-in-law, Doris.

NOT sure what these three are up to. Can't be good with Judy around.

AJ and I with maybe 1/10th of my family.

Our wonderful bestman (in blue) getting ready for next day's ceremony.

Carlo creating a ruckus behind the bar. Cocktails anyone?

Brotherly love!

Me and my cousin Ciccio. Who flew in from Abu Dhabi to be with us.

A little serenade to end the evening.

La marescialla con il mio amico Carlo.

Time for our crew to pack up and go home. Thanks guys.

DATE: Friday  July 1st, 2011

TIME: Before our famous Penne and Sausage Party

VENUE: Temesa Village Hotel Soccer Field - La Grande Partita

PLAYERS: Basically all my cousins against AJ’s friends from Germany

As part of our weekend wedding festivities, AJ and I organized a soccer match between Calabria and Germany. As a thank you for participating in the match, AJ gave his German teammates brand new soccer shirts. I stayed true to my heritage and rooted for the Italians of course.

In the end, we only had one small ankle injury and both teams got along famously with each other on and off the field.  Thank You to the Temesa Village Hotel at Marina di Nocera Terinese for reserving the field for the big game of the summer.

My hubby

First half of Italy vs. Germany Soccer Match

Roberto Mendicino - Team Captain? for Italy (Calabria)

Possible goal for the Germans?

My superstar nephew has the ball!!!

The Italians have lots of SKILLS!

Uh oh.. my brother "the coach" on the field.

Things are heating up between both teams.

American spectators. My sis and Sean (who BTW is wearing a team Germany shirt)

My hubby and cousin Roberto in action.

Hmm...I don't think my hubby was playing fair here.

Roberto has a chance to regain the lead.

But the Germans have a secret, younger, faster player named Tobias.

The Germans can't seem to shake key Italian player, Roberto.

It's Bubu's turn to try to get rid of Roberto.

Danilo won't quit either.

MVP for the Germans.


Apparently, Italians are proud of their bellies and fine physique.

Two great soccer teams. Now it's time to cook for the Penne Party in the piazza.